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Sky Sports and ITV win England Football rights

UPDATE | Sky Sports has won the exclusive live rights to show competitive England matches in the brand new UEFA Nations League. Meanwhile ITV will show exclusive live, free to air coverage of all England’s qualifying matches for major tournaments until 2022, under a new deal announced today.

Under the new deal, Sky Sports customers will be able to watch:
  • UEFA Nations League for first time, with England exclusively live
  • Home Nations qualifiers for Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022 live, plus England highlights
  • Up to 900 live international games

Over on ITV, as well as retaining live and highlights rights to show all qualifying ties for the UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the broadcaster will exclusively show England’s pre-tournament warm-up matches in the event of qualification to each competition.

Sky Sports has won exclusive live rights to all Home Nations for the inaugural staging of the UEFA Nations League, which will be split into four leagues based on UEFA rankings with the best teams playing the best teams across September, October and November 2018. The four group winners will enter the knockout final four in June 2019, with semi-finals and final to determine the UEFA Nations League champion. The Nations League will determine the seedings for the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports 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.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, 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 team’s qualifying campaigns through to 2022.”