FIFA+ adds new features ahead of World Cup
November 18, 2022
By Colin Mann
FIFA+, the official digital destination of football fandom which launched earlier in 2022, says it is set to redefine the way in which fans – all over the world – enjoy the FIFA World Cup, as it rolls out its full tournament offering in 11 languages ahead of kick off on November 20th.
Throughout the global event, FIFA+ will become the official companion experience of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with an enhanced global FIFA app and web platform, available across select connected devices – making it the all-in-one destination for FIFA World Cup fans.
FIFA+ will also complement the tournament’s broadcasters– helping fans find their favourite team’s live games through the ‘Where to Watch’ feature and sharing behind-the-scenes and original content created throughout.
The free platform is adding a host of immersive features that FIFA claims will provide a game-changing experience for fans around the world. Among these:
Full Tournament Coverage
FIFA+ will be capturing the tournament in full across its channels, with a live blog running non-stop, capturing the sights, sounds, atmosphere and energy of the world’s biggest football celebration. The FIFA+ editorial team will be on hand to bring photos and video from every match, the FIFA Fan Festival, around Qatar and beyond, while the platform will be the source of all official stats and data throughout.
Throughout the FIFA World Cup, FIFA+ will be FIFA’s official home of highlights, with each and every match recapped within minutes of the final whistle and all the thrills and drama available to fans in every corner of the globe – with a version available to watch in sign language as well.
FIFA+ Stadium Experience
For those in Qatar, the FIFA+ Stadium Experience will revolutionise how fans enjoy the beautiful game. Available on the app for fans attending the match in the stadium, the function allows FIFA+ users to experience the action like never before – with a live augmented reality overlay of stats, heatmaps, insights, different camera angles, VAR replays as on TV, and much more. The all-new viewing experience is designed specifically to complement and enhance how those in the ground celebrate and support.
FIFA+ Fantasy, Panini, and more games
One for both casual and core gaming fans, FIFA+ will be the official home of FIFA World Cup Fantasy throughout the tournament. Fans can lead their team to glory with Fantasy Classic, or take on each other globally each day to win prizes in Fantasy Daily, both of which are complemented by other FIFA+ Play Zone favourites such as the digital Panini Album, Daily Predictor and World Cup Trivia game.
The FIFA World Cup Daily, By Hisense
Meanwhile, FIFA+’s commitment to high-quality content will continue apace with The FIFA World Cup Daily, By Hisense, brought to fans live every day direct from the FIFA Fan Festival, bringing celebrities, creators, influencers and legends together to recap the day’s play.
FIFA+ Collect, FIFA+’s official digital collectables marketplace, will also go from strength to strength during the tournament, with a special World Cup drop set to launch ahead of kick-off.
The newly-launched FIFA Store will be available on FIFA+. Fans can enjoy product lines from the 32 qualified nations as well as wider FIFA Member Associations, merchandise, memorabilia and accessories. It will also home a new line of ‘FIFA’ products featuring artwork and designs inspired by storytelling from FIFA’s biggest events.
Archive, Originals and Live
Outside of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA+ remains the home of 40,000 live regional matches every year, an existing extensive archive featuring every men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup match ever produced, and a slate of Original programming – including the landmark docuseries Captains which intimately goes behind-the-scenes with six leading global icons (among them Luka Modric and Thiago Silva) on their journey to qualify for Qatar.
Personalisation and FIFA ID
All of the above is underpinned by a personalised experience and a rich notifications integration, where fans can register for free, choose their favourite World Cup team, and enjoy a bespoke journey through the FIFA World Cup, with news, highlights, insights and analysis relevant to them specifically. The same login is then used across FIFA+ Fantasy, FIFA+ Collect, and a range of other digital FIFA features.
“This is a significant moment, as we welcome the entire world to FIFA+ during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” declared Charlotte Burr, FIFA Director of Strategy, Digital and FIFA+. “FIFA+ is set to truly change the game by providing a new blueprint for how fans enjoy their World Cup on FIFA’s channels for years to come. FIFA+ is set to become the official companion experience for the tournament, giving fans around the world a unique and personal experience and reshaping how they enjoy sport’s biggest tournament now and in to the future.”