BBC Sport NI and SuperCupNI sign new three-year deal

Victor Leonard, SuperCupNI Tournament Chairman, and Jane Tohill, Executive Producer BBC Sport NI.
Victor Leonard, SuperCupNI Tournament Chairman, and Jane Tohill, Executive Producer BBC Sport NI.

BBC Sport NI has signed a new three-year deal with one of the world’s most prestigious youth soccer tournaments bringing coverage to a global audience.

SuperCupNI and BBC Sport NI have teamed up again for the tournament that attracts clubs from across the world and from around Northern Ireland.

The new multi-platform deal will kick-off with live coverage of the showpiece opener, the U19 challenge game between Manchester United and Celtic on Saturday 21 July. There will be 16 live games including a host of Premier Section matches along with the Premier and Junior Section Finals streamed on the BBC Sport NI website bbc.co.uk/sportni and on the BBC Sport App (via the ‘Live Guide’ tab).

As well as the live games, there will also be highlights of games in the Junior Section.

Jane Tohill, Executive Producer BBC Sport NI said: “We have a wonderful tradition with this tournament and the organisers and it’s great to have this new three-year deal in place. With the FIFA World Cup reaching fever pitch this summer, it’s a great opportunity for fans to see some of tomorrow’s superstars in action on our SuperCupNI coverage.

“Once again the tournament welcomes teams from home alongside Premiership clubs in England and Scotland and representatives from all over the world including Japan, Mexico, Russia and the USA. And our multi-platform coverage will allow us to bring action from the tournament to a global audience – from here in the UK to fans across the world following their team.”

Tournament Chairman, Victor Leonard, said: “We are delighted to have BBC Northern Ireland as our media partner for the next three years. The support we have received from the BBC during our previous partnerships has proved to be invaluable to us.

“Sixteen games over this year’s SupercupNI will attract a worldwide audience on the BBC’s various platforms. And in this FIFA World Cup year, it’s wonderful to see that there are 27 tournament graduates, as we call them, in the squads taking part in Russia.”

The coverage starts with the Manchester United – Celtic showpiece opener on Saturday, July 21 which will be will streamed live on bbc.co.uk/sportni and on the BBC Sport App.