Plymouth Argyle supporters at home and abroad have been using the English Football League (EFL)’s iFollow platform to watch the Pilgrims in selected fixtures for the last two seasons, paying £10 for individual match passes when the opportunity arises.
Not all EFL clubs have signed up to the service and there have been some concerns expressed about the impact of live streaming on match attendances and club incomes/revenues, with a blackout preventing iFollow coverage being available on Saturdays.
That blackout has now been encroached upon during international breaks and for the Boxing Day fixture at AFC Wimbledon.
The EFL regards iFollow as an alternative to matchgoing rather than a replacement, and maintains that the best experiences are to be had when watching football in the flesh, although it is monitoring the impact of streaming, on away attendances in particular.
Overall, the EFL considers that streaming will generate increased revenues for the clubs, whilst others are concerned that the facility could reduce matchday attendances and atmosphere, particularly in the lower leagues.
We’d like to ask your opinion on this matter.