The Indian National Football Team will be back in action after almost 16 months. They last played an international fixture in November 2019. India will take on Oman on Thursday, 25th March in an international friendly. Again, on Monday, 29th March, India will play against UAE in another international friendly match.
The popularity of the Indian national football team has skyrocketed in the last few years. They now have a large fan base, and all those Indian football fans deserve to watch their national football team take the field for the very first time after the Coronavirus pandemic.
There was a recent Twitter trend, #AIFFWakeUp, urging the Indian officials to arrange a broadcast in India. AIFF has agreed on terms with BeIN Sports to obtain the feed of the India vs UAE international friendly match. The main matter of concern was regarding the India vs Oman international friendly match. There are technical issues with Oman TV as it uplinks to Arabsat, which cannot be downlinked in India. But now it seems that both the parties have found a solution.
Although it hasn’t been made official, it has been learnt from various sources that AIFF has finalized a deal with Eurosport to broadcast India’s friendlies with Oman and UAE.
Eurosport is an Indian sports channel, launched as DSport by Discovery Asia-Pacific on 6 February 2017. It is available across major TV channel broadcasting companies.
Airtel Digital TV (India): Channel 304 (SD); Channel 305 (HD)
Dish TV (India): Channel 410 (SD)
Jio TV (India): SD & HD
Vi Movies & TV (India): SD
Tata Sky (India): Channel 496 (SD); Channel 495 (HD)
Airtel Xstream (India): SD
These international friendly matches are a preparation for the last leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers which will take place in June.