The National League has confirmed it will be looking to stream National League South fixtures during the upcoming season.

Speaking at the league’s AGM, general manager Mark Ives said the success of the streaming service at National League Premier level had led to 117,000 subscribers from across the world tuning in, generating £1.4m gross in the second half of the season.

That meant, after costs were deducted, a total of £750,000 was redistributed to clubs across the pyramid.

On next season, the Non-League Paper reported Ives saying: “We are hoping to move forward with streaming at Step 2 domestically next season. We are planning to stream Step 2 games not covered by UEFA’s Article 48. It would be an extra 332 fixtures at Step 2 next season.

National League general manager Mark Ives.

Our spectator base has massively increased over the season. Across the three divisions, attendances were 3.09 million last season, up 22 per cent. Streaming has not had a negative impact. We are looking at the approach for next season to get the right position, but it’s all positive.

Article 48 is a UEFA regulation which prevents matches being televised in England and Scotland between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday, which presumably means the new streaming service will only cover midweek, bank holiday fixtures and any rescheduled kick-off times.

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