ITV gets rights to show all of England’s football tournament qualifiers until 2022
ITV has retained the rights to show all of England’s tournament qualifiers until 2022.
The broadcaster will air all of England’s football tournament qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2020, as well as any pre-tournament warm-up matches. However, that bit will be dependent on whether England make it into the tournaments!
This is nothing new, of course, as ITV are currently approaching the end of a deal ensuring they are the main international football broadcasters until 2018.
ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane said: “England on ITV has become a central feature of our sports coverage and we’re delighted to be able to continue to bring to viewers free-to-air, all the action from the teams’ qualifying campaigns through to 2022.”
This means that competitive international football will remain – thank goodness – on free-to-view television.
Meanwhile, from 2018 all of England’s matches in a brand new UEFA Nations League will only be available on Sky Sports.
The UEFA Nations League is a brand new international tournament, launching in 2018, which will see 55 nations come together in a league format to compete for the chance to win a summer trophy in 2019. It has been devised as a way to limit meaningless international friendlies in football.
Sky Sports Managing Director, Barney Francis, said: “Showing England in competitive matches exclusively live for the first time in seven years is great news for our viewers with the Uefa Nations League putting the top nations against each other regularly.
“Added to the recent success of Wales and Northern Ireland in reaching major tournaments, there is even more reason to follow the Home Nations on Sky Sports.”