New Zealand Football is to pilot live match broadcasting on the internet.
In a first for the national sporting organisation, it has been announced two domestic cup matches will be streamed live online from North Harbour Stadium early next month.
One of Fifa's regional football bodies, the Oceania Football Confederation, has previously broadcast games online.
But, in an economically tough environment where most Kiwi sport organisations are simply unable to afford live production costs, the development is significant for not only New Zealand Football but could potentially be a defining moment for other sports too.
At 11am on Sunday September 7, the women's cup final between Forrest Hill Milford United and Glenfield Rovers will be followed by the men's showpiece Chatham Cup final, featuring Cashmere Technical of Christchurch and Auckland's Central United.
New Zealand Football community director, Cameron Mitchell, says securing both the stadium and the live streaming reflect the importance of the men's and women's domestic cup finals.
"Our cup finals are the showpiece of our game domestically during the winter season and we're delighted to have confirmed a top class venue for both matches," Mitchell said.
"For those supporters who can't get along in September, we've also secured the chance to see the game via live online streaming coverage which is an exciting first for the competition.
"We're looking forward to what will be a showcase of top football whether you're at the ground or watching around the country."
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