Sony Six to telecast India's home World Cup qualifiers
Sony Six and AIFF reach an agreement over telecast of India's World Cup qualifiers
There is some good news for Indian football fans. Sony Six will be telecasting all the World Cup qualifying matches of the national team which will be played in India. Talks between All-India Football Federation (AIFF) and the channel have ended and the sports channel of the Sony Network will be showing the home matches live.
India have reached the second round of the Asian World Cup qualifier along with 39 other teams. India have been grouped in Group D alongside heavyweights Iran, Oman, and lowly Turkmenistan and Guam.
India, ranked 147 in the official FIFA rankings, face a tough road ahead as they need to either top the group or finish among the 4 best second-placed teams out of the 8 groups in order to qualify for the next round. Iran are ranked 40 in the world while Oman are 97th in the official rankings. India are the third highest ranked team in the group with Turkmenistan and Guam at 159 and 175 respectively.
India will play its matches between June 2015 and March 2016 with the first match against Oman on 11th June.
Here is a screenshot of the Tweet the official Sony Six Twitter handle retweeted:
|11th June, 2015||India vs Oman||Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru|
|16th June, 2015||Guam vs India||Guam National Football Stadium, Hagatna|
|8th September, 2015||India vs Iran||Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru|
|8th October, 2015||Turkmenistan vs India||Kopetdag Stadium, Ashgabat|
|13th October, 2015||Oman vs India||Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb|
|12th November, 2015||India vs Guam||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi|
|24th March, 2016||Iran vs India||Azadi Stadium, Tehran|
|29th March, 2016||India vs Turkmenistan||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi|
Update: Sony Six has announced on 15th June that only India’s home matches will be telecast live, and not the away matches.