USL PRO NEWS RELEASE: Friday, January 17, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is pleased to announce that every USL PRO regular season and playoff game will stream live on YouTube starting in 2014 via team channels. The largest global video sharing site, YouTube will allow fans worldwide to follow every moment of action during the USL PRO season.
Being a part of the YouTube Partner Program will allow USL PRO greater flexibility in content management while YouTube’s visibility and comprehensive structure will present USL PRO fans with a set of interactive features like never before. Live games and on-demand content will be available for free on each team’s YouTube channel, with archived games available shortly after each game’s completion.
"Online streaming is a vital component of the growth of the league," USL President Tim Holt said. "YouTube eliminates barriers that previously stood between fans and the action on the field. We want fans worldwide to take notice of the high quality of play in USL PRO and see the importance of the league in the North American soccer landscape. YouTube makes this process much easier and we’re thrilled to have this relationship.”
The USL PRO YouTube channel will showcase all of the archived and on-demand content produced by each team, including the USL PRO Goal of the Week as well as USL PRO Weekly, an audio podcast that will uncover the personalities behind the league.
Some of the features YouTube Live will present to fans during live games include DVR, chat, full HD support, and social media interactivity. Fans are encouraged to subscribe for free to the team-specific YouTube channels. Please visit http://www.uslsoccer.com/connect for links to each USL PRO account.
YouTube Quick Facts
According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more U.S. adults ages 18-34 than any cable network
More than six billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube - almost an hour for every person on Earth, and 50 percent more than last year
Approximately 40 percent of all YouTube viewing happens on mobile devices
More than one billion unique viewers visit YouTube each month
USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 13 teams, including announced 2014 expansion teams in Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.
USL PRO Public Relations - Jay Preble / Seth Witkowicz / Nicholas Murray - Tampa, FL - 813.963.3909 - Twitter: @USLPRO