The FA Cup will hit Facebook at 12.30pm GMT on 11 August, as an extra preliminary FA Cup tie between Wembley FC and Langford FC is ‘simulcast’ live on both the Budweiser UK Facebook page and broadcasting live on ESPN.
The first time an Extra Preliminary FA Cup tie has been shown on live TV alongside a web stream, the match sees a host of former footballing titans (including Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux, Claudio Caniggia and Brian McBride) returning from retirement under the guidance of ex-England boss Terry Venables.
“The FA Cup holds some very special memories for me, from my time as both a player and a manager,” said Venables, now acting as Wembley FC technical advisor.
“The new boys coming in have a wealth of experience at the very highest level and people like Ray Parlour have the FA Cup winner medals to prove it. That can only help the lads here and shine a light on the importance of grassroots football here in the UK and around the world.”
Jason Warner, Global Vice President, Budweiser, added: “Last season’s FA Cup was one of the most nail-biting and exciting to date, and it’s something we all want to see again. Broadcasting the game live on ESPN is a first for a tie at this stage of the competition, and in conjunction with the live stream online will bring the magic of the FA Cup closer to passionate football fans across the globe.”