Learn about Philo Farnsworth and the first live broadcast. Philo Farnsworth filming a football game at The Franklin Institute on the Franklin Parkway in August. Read the essential details about the history of television and football. The first - time a whole match was shown live on television was the FA Cup Final. When football recommenced after the First World War the Football League First and The first live football radio broadcasr, on 22 January , was from.