The action on the park wasn’t the only spectacle that took place during last Sunday’s PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Grand Final at Leichhardt Oval between Champions Blacktown City FC and Sydney United 58 FC as crowd and live streaming figures skyrocketed with some impressive figures.
A total of 5,623 fans roared on both teams in what was an epic encounter in the top tier Men’s competition which saw Mark Crittenden’s men prove too strong with a 3-0 defeat of Sydney United 58 thanks to a double by the ever impressive Danny Choi and Patrick Antelmi.
The live streaming broadcast was commentated by well-respected Australian journalist Mike Cockerill alongside Adam Santarossa saw a flawless broadcast which had a total of 25,647 viewers with peak live viewers of 2,239 (128% increase on last year’s figure of 980) switching on to witnessing the big finale.
In a first for the NPL in its entirety and in conjunction with PlayStation4, the Grand Final was also beamed across the PS4 network which was viewed 1,983 times resulting in 40,316 minutes of watch time on the console.
It came at a perfect time as the PS4 NPL Finals Series will also be streamed live on the network with NSW representatives and Premiers Sydney United 58 taking on South Australian Premiers Adelaide City this Sunday. While the PS4 Player Pathway Award will also be in full flight as 24 footballers from across Australia will take part in a 2-day trial at Valentine Sports Park with the winner being rewarded with a two-week trial with Sydney FC’s youth team.
Social media was running wild also as Facebook especially was bombarded with PS4 NPL NSW Men’s fever with a reach of 1,677,202 through Grand Final week.
Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore praised the impressive statistics which only further pushed the notion that the PS4 NPL is alive and kicking.
"We were really impressed with the show of statistics both in the stands as well as the volume of followers who viewed the match online.
"Last Sunday’s great crowd truly reflects the deep passion of volunteers and supporters in the club structures.
"Our code is getting stronger and stronger and Football NSW feels a deep sense of pride and duty in delivering the best NPL in Australia.
“We will continue to build on a fantastic 2016 season and look forward to bringing better results in 2017."