An average of 20,000 football fans are tuning in online each day to watch the Al Kass International Cup 2015 since it began on Thursday 5 February 2015, tournament organisers have said.

With all matches streamed live via the official competition website, and other sites with the rights to Al Kass, viewers continue to been treated to unrivalled coverage of their favourite football teams, and some of the world’s most famous, in Doha – complete with English commentary and expert analysis.

Communications and Marketing Manager for the Al Kass International Cup, Ward Abdallah, said:

Given the exceptional calibre of teams competing in 2015, it is perhaps unsurprising that so many football fans, scouts, and club managers around the world are following this elite football competition online. With the tournament now gathering momentum, we hope to see more fans tune in to take advantage of our unrivalled coverage of this world-class competition.’

As the tournament gathers momentum, the impressive ratings indicate the growing popularity and reputation the Al Kass International Cup has built globally.

This year, almost 50% of those watching the games online are from Spain –reflecting the participation of Madrid’s city rivals, Real and Atletico. Just after 8 pm (AST) on Friday, the tournament reached its online viewing peak so far– with 21,400 fans tuning into watch Real Madrid’s u17s take on Schalke 04 in their Group B clash.

Additionally, the 2015 tournament has also seen a spike in viewers from South America – represented by River Plate from Argentina, and Sao Paulo from Brazil this year. Tournament organisers also reported an increase in viewers from Germany – with fans of Bundesliga side, Schalke 04 thought to be behind this rise.