St Albans City FC and Hemel Hempstead Town FC fans may have the chance to watch full matches online following the release of a new football streaming service.
The National League Board (NLB) has previously come under criticism for not allowing their matches to be streamed. Actor Ryan Reynolds, who owns National League side Wrexham with fellow star Rob McElhenney, spoke out about the issue in August.
He tweeted: “To not allow streaming of matches of Wrexham and the other clubs in the league is truly baffling. [It deprives] every team in our league the chance to expand the fanbase while adding to league revenue benefits everyone.”
It was announced on November 30 that the implementation of a streaming platform was underway. The first phase will only include National League (tier 5) clubs, so St Albans and Hemel Hempstead, who are both in National League South (tier 6), will have to wait a little longer.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the NLB said: “We will work with North and South clubs running pilot events in the second half of the season to ensure logistically it can be delivered for North and South Divisions for the 2023/24 season.”