In a fantastic year for soccer in Canada the good news keeps on coming. With tremendous success coming on the pitch in 2021, exciting news off the field continues to flow and was boosted by news on Wednesday that will ensure significant progress can be made going forward. Mediapro Canada's commitment to broadening OneSoccer's reach to consumers across the country has a received a big boost with the announcement of OneSoccer arriving on linear television.
The Canadian subscription over-the-top video streaming service, operated by Mediapro, will now have more eyes on their product after it secured a partnership to join Telus’ portfolio of extended, free preview channels as HD channel 980 on Telus' Optik TV service. From the beginning, OneSoccer's goal has been to be everywhere, in every home, and accessible to as many Canadians as possible - and this is a significant step in that regard as they continue to play an instrumental role in the elevation and growth of Canadian soccer. Starting with Wednesday night's triple-header of Canadian Championship quarter-final action, Telus Optik subscribers will instantly gain access to a wide range of the best of Canadian soccer on a 24/7 channel that has shown an unprecedented amount of soccer to Canadians in one place:
- Exclusive live coverage of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), the top division of men’s professional league soccer in Canada;
- Exclusive live coverage of the Canadian Championship, Canada Soccer’s highest domestic club competition which leads to a direct entry into the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and an opportunity to play in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup.The competition features the eight CPL teams along with the three Canadian teams playing in Major League Soccer (Toronto FC, CF Montréal and the Vancouver Whitecaps) and the winners of both League1 Ontario and the Première League de Soccer du Québec. It is also a big week for this tournament with a triple-header taking place on Wednesday night, featuring three quarter-finals, starting at 5pm ET. These matches are HFX Wanderers vs CF Montreal, Toronto FC hosting York United and Cavalry FC taking on Pacific FC.
- Live coverage of all Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team home matches in the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and six of the seven away games;
- Canada Soccer’s National Team Matches and Competitions including the Concacaf Nations League, the Concacaf Gold Cup and the recently-announced Concacaf W Championship and Concacaf W Qualifiers – which will give subscribers exclusive front-row viewing of Canada Soccer’s Gold Medal winning Women’s National Team as they vie for a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™;
- A range of international soccer content including Mexico’s LigaMX and French Ligue 1 matches featuring Canada Soccer Men’s National Team star Jonathan David’s Lille OSC.
- Live coverage of a range of Canadian soccer content through the entire soccer pyramid on both the men’s and women’s side, from Canada Soccer’s National Team home matches to semi-professional leagues
- Extensive studio programs featuring well-known pundits and guests; weekly highlights and preview programs, including OneSoccer Today, the informative and irreverent soccer chat show hosted by well-known sports broadcaster Andi Petrillo and featuring pundits Gareth Wheeler, Oliver Platt and others.