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One World Sports

August 29, 2011 13:53 ET

One World Sports Secures Exclusive Rights to Soccer's AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Games

DALLAS, TX and SINGAPORE--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - One World Sports (OWS), North America's leading Asian sports provider, has signed an exclusive agreement with World Sport Group (WSG) to distribute Asian soccer qualification matches for next year's London 2012 games on a multi-media basis in North America.

OWS will present live and same-day coverage from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Qualifiers for both the men and women's tournaments in English for select matches.

"The AFC Asian Qualifiers multi-platform rights are on strategy with the long-term commitment of One World Sports to deliver Asia's best soccer events live to U.S. sports fans on any device," said Preston Bornman, Chief Operating Officer, One World Sports. "Exclusive coverage of the AFC Asian Qualifiers is a natural follow-up to the American response to the Women's World Cup, and we expect the men and women's Asian qualifying matches to generate great interest among U.S. soccer and sports fans, particularly among the Asian population."

The acquisition of the AFC Asian Qualifiers follows the success of OWS' live and exclusive exhibition of the 32-game AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ in North America and the ongoing 2011 AFC Champions League, the region's premier club competition. The AFC Champions League and the AFC Asian Qualifiers as well as other top soccer events from Asia are on OWS, which is now available on DISH Network and local cable.

"One World Sports is doing an outstanding job introducing the United States to Asian soccer," said Mark Hardess, President, ASEAN and Australia, World Sport Group. "World Sport Group is excited to expand our relationship with One World Sports to include the AFC Asian Qualifiers and to extend our partners' broadcast reach to U.S. fans. Soccer fans in the United States can now follow the exciting year-long build-up to next year's games in London."

The AFC Asian Qualifiers begin Sept. 1 with the Women's Final Qualification Round featuring FIFA Women's World Cup champions Japan and Thailand. The round also includes teams from Australia, Korea Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China in matches being held on September 3, 5 and 8.

The Men's third round of the Asian Qualifiers begins on September 21. This round comprises 12 of the region's top teams including Japan, Australia, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The first day's matches feature Australia and the United Arab Emirates followed by Japan versus Malaysia. For a complete schedule of events, visit

About One World Sports
One World Sports -- The Leader in Asian Sports -- is the first English language multi-screen, multi-platform Asian focused sports network in the United States. OWS has exclusive live and same-day coverage of international professional sporting events including Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, Japanese J-League Soccer, Korean K-League Soccer, Chinese C-League Soccer, One Asia Tour Golf, International Table Tennis Federation Pro Tour Series, BWF Super Series Badminton and more. ONE Media Corp, Inc., the parent company to OWS, has operations and programming offices located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York, and Singapore. OWS is available on DISH Network Channel 646.
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About World Sport Group
Headquartered in Singapore, World Sport Group is Asia's leading sports marketing, media and event management company. The company features almost 600 days of sports events and more than 5000 hours of sports programming annually, across more than 30 countries in the region.

World Sport Group is the exclusive marketing partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and its regional federations. The company is also a major stakeholder in Asian golf as promoter and organizer of some of the region's top events including Barclays Singapore Open and the Australian Open. It is also the global marketing and media partners of OneAsia. Learn more at

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