The first-ever streaming service for the SSE Airtricity League, WatchLOI, has been launched, with season passes available from €55.

Premier Division fixtures, as well as selected Extra.ie FAI Cup matches, will be live streamed with RTÉ Sport's cameras and commentary team.

The Football Association of Ireland and RTÉ Sport, in collaboration with GAAGO, have partnered to deliver a world class streaming platform which will guarantee supporters can watch Irish football wherever they are.

The service will be hosted on a new WatchLOI.ie platform. Individual games will be €5, a season pass is €55 for Irish supporters and €69 for the rest of the world.

Revenue will go to each club from streaming sales.

With over 55+ matches set to be on the platform, it is less than €1 per game for viewers in Ireland.

The SSE Airtricity League is set to restart on Friday, 31 July with Derry City v Sligo Rovers the first match streamed on the platform, kick-off at 5.45pm.

Ger Canning, Adrian Eames, Stephen Alkin, Des Curran, Siobhan Madigan, Hugh Cahill and John Kenny will provide commentary on games on WatchLOI.ie. 

RTÉ Sport will also televise some selected fixtures, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

They include Dundalk v St Patrick's Athletic on 31 July, Shamrock Rovers v Shelbourne on 21 August, and Derry City v Dundalk on 4 September.

Eir Sport will also broadcast selected matches, meaning every Premier Division match will be available to watch live for the rest of 2020. 

On the Island of Ireland, all matches apart from those shown live on Eir Sport are available via the platform.

Outside the Island of Ireland, every match is available.

Declan McBennett, RTÉ Group Head of Sport, said: "In these uncertain times, when dedicated fans are unable to attend games in large numbers, we are delighted to bring the games directly to them via WatchLOI.

"This is a chance for the whole of the Irish footballing family to get behind the SSE Airtricity League and lend their support in every way to the clubs as the heartbeat of the association."

The FAI welcomed the collaboration with the national broadcaster and GAAGO.

"Working with RTÉ Sport and GAAGO will guarantee that we will have a best-in-class product which SSE Airtricity League supporters will be able to enjoy around the world," said FAI Commercial & Marketing Director Mark Russell. 

"Especially with Covid-19 restrictions, this is the ideal time to launch this service but with the revenue it will generate for the clubs, this is also a major moment for the league and a fantastic opportunity to promote and enhance the domestic game in Ireland."

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