They call it ‘The World Game’ – and football’s place on New Zealand’s sporting landscape is only becoming more prominent. Participation numbers at junior and grassroots level have skyrocketed in recent years, which is where SidelineApp comes in.
SidelineApp has successfully livestreamed secondary schools football as well as ISPS Handa Chatham Cup matches.
First staged in 1923, the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup is the country’s premier knockout football tournament and one of the most hallowed competitions in New Zealand sport.
SidelineApp teamed up with 2017 ISPS Handa Chatham Cup champions Onehunga Sports FC during their 2019 campaign, livestreaming the club's fourth-round, quarter-final and semi-final matches. While Onehunga Sports FC went down to eventual champs Napier City Rovers in the semis in an extra-time thriller, our LIVE and On Demand coverage was a huge hit.
For supporters in Auckland wanting to get a bit of atmosphere for the Napier-hosted semi, game-day sponsors set-up a fan zone and livestreamed the game on their big screens - huge thanks to The Right Track Sports Cafe for making this happen!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 ISPS Handa Chatham Cup, with NZ Football focusing on community football as the sport aims to get back on the field. But SidelineApp aims to bring fans ISPS Handa Chatham Cup matches in 2021, as well as teaming up with schools and clubs in the near future to expand our football coverage.
In the meantime, check out Onehunga Sports FC's 2019 ISPS Handa Chatham Cup matches in SidelineApp's On Demand archive.