Live audio-descriptive commentary (ADC) of every match played at the FIFA Club World Cup is being made available for fans to tune in around the world.

Audio-descriptive commentary (ADC) is an inclusive service enabling partially sighted and blind spectators to enjoy a live match alongside their fellow supporters. The specially trained commentator provides additional narration that describes all significant visual information such as body language, facial expression, scenery, action, clothing, colours and anything else that is important to conveying the image, venue, match, event or surrounding ambience.

The service is also regularly enjoyed by other disabled people and non-disabled fans, to add a greater level of detail to describe the match.

Live ADC is being provided in both Arabic and English. The English commentary is being provided by members of CAFE's expert ADC Network.

To tune into the live ADC, listeners are required to download the FIFA Interpreting app which is available in the App Store and Google Play Store.

Once the installation is complete, listeners will be asked for an event code. Please insert the specific code (case sensitive), to tune in: FCWC23

Once the code has been accepted, listeners can choose their language and will have access to live ADC from inside the stadium. Broadcasts typically begin 30 minutes prior to kick off.

Listeners are encouraged to connect using a reliable WiFi, 5G or 4G connection for the duration of the ADC broadcast.

CAFE Operations Manager Michael Rice said, "The availability of ADC during the FIFA Club World Cup is a fantastic development that will support so many partially sighted and blind passionate football fans, not just in the stadiums but those who are following the tournament across the world. The service offers tremendous support for countless listeners who rely on ADC to complement their matchday experience, and we are delighted that listeners will be able to tune in from wherever they are".

“If you have never had the opportunity to listen to ADC before, whether you are disabled or non-disabled, this is the perfect chance. We are more than happy to advise on how you can implement ADC at your stadiums and, through the CAFE Audio-descriptive Commentary Training Programme, ensure that you have highly-skilled commentators available to deliver the service locally”, added Michael.

CAFE is keen to hear of the experiences of all disabled fans at the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia. If you attend a match, please complete the CAFE Matchday Evaluation Feedback form and send across any photos or videos that you may have taken. Please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)203 355 9867 if you have any questions or require further information.

Published 22/12/2023