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How can I get football results or details of forthcoming fixtures?

Overnight football (soccer) results and a selection of forthcoming matches and events can be found on The World Game website. Details of other scheduled sporting events can be found at SBS Sport.

Why do you focus on football (soccer)?

Football (soccer) is the undisputed world game. It is the world's most popular sport, and is the highest-participation sport in Australia. Although soccer is a natural priority for broadcasting on SBS, it is not carried to the exclusion of other sports. SBS in fact pioneered comprehensive television and online coverage of several sports, among them cycling, motorsports, gymnastics, hockey and canoeing. SBS has also covered various Olympic events rarely seen on the commercial networks, including figure skating, skiing and ice hockey. Mainstream Australian sports, such as Australian football, rugby league and tennis, are regularly covered by World News Australia and are already comprehensively covered by other networks.

Why do you focus on European football (soccer)?

European football has a wide appeal among our viewers. It is also the easiest to import because it is usually readily available, it is packaged for international audiences, and it is relatively inexpensive. The same does not yet apply to football from other parts of the world, including South America, where pre-packaged soccer programs or games are not always available for the foreign market. The SBS budget does not allow us to buy large volumes of individual games from areas such as South America or Africa and post-produce them for an Australian audience.

Why doesn't SBS broadcast major sports events live to Perth?

SBS has a uniform national schedule. To go live in Perth would mean splitting the schedule because of the time difference between the eastern states and Western Australia. Scheduling priorities usually mean this cannot be done, although on some occasions the network signal is split in order to transmit live in Perth. In 2009, the Tour de France was screened live in Perth on SBS TWO.

A story in captions:  In 2008, 3850 hours of SBS programs were captioned, either open or closed, representing 86% of all SBS programs broadcast during that period.