ENGLAND’s Euro and World Cup qualifying matches, friendlies and Nations League games are to return to ITV after the broadcaster wrestled back the live TV rights from Channel 4.
From September next year ITV will show all England’s World Cup 2026 qualifiers, all their Euro 2028 qualifiers, all Nations League games and all friendlies.
The four-year deal – struck between ITV and UEFA – covers matches both home and away.
It means Channel 4’s two-year spell as the home of England’s friendlies and qualifying games will come to end next summer.
ITV’s deal covers at least 40 England matches, working out at about ten matches per season.
It’s not clear yet who will claim the UK rights to the same matches for Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. UEFA currently have a deal with pay TV channel Viaplay Sports, but it is set to shut down its UK operation leaving the rights up for grabs.
ITV’S LIVE ENGLAND DEAL 2024 TO JUNE 2028
ALL England’s home and away World Cup 2026 qualifiers.
ALL England’s home and away Euro 2028 qualifiers.
ALL England’s home and away Nations League games.
ALL England’s home and away friendly internationals
ITV currently share the live rights with the BBC to Euro 2024 and Euro 2028 as well as World Cup 2026.
EVERY game from this summer’s Women’s World Cup will be screened FREE-TO-AIR on BBC and ITV after the two broadcasters sealed a deal with FIFA – with just weeks to spare from the tournament kicking off.
FIFA officials had claimed there could be a European TV blackout if broadcasters didn’t stump up better offers for the rights to the live matches.
Many of the games kick off outside of prime time viewing hours due to matches being staged in Australia and New Zealand so TV executives said they wouldn’t overpay for the rights.
But under a blanket deal brokered through the European Broadcasting Union (which also represents broadcasters in France, Germany, Italy and Spain) all 64 matches will be shown on either BBC or ITV with the final live on both BBC One and ITV 1.
The tournament starts on July 20 with England’s first game against Haiti on July 22 in Brisbane.
BBC and ITV will now meet to decide who shows which games across the tournament which ends on August 20.