Fifa awards World Cup rights in France

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has awarded pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports and commercial broadcaster TF1 rights in France for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup.

The rights, awarded after a tender process, will include exclusive rights to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in France, and the 2017 Confederations Cup national team tournament in Russia.

The rights deal was agreed by the broadcasters directly with Fifa.

BeIN Sports will show every match from the World Cup tournaments in Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022, respectively, with 36 of the 64 matches being shown on an exclusive basis. TF1 will broadcast 28 matches on free-to-air television.

BeIN Sports already has rights for the Uefa Euro 2016 national team football tournament in France. The broadcaster also showed the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil and the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

“Since its creation, beIN Sports has broadcast the most important and greatest sport competitions and the Fifa World Cups are the pinnacle of international sport events,” Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy chief executive of beIN Media Group and president of beIN Sports France, said. “We are once again delivering our promise to offer beIN Sports subscribers in France an unparalleled package of premium sport content and share with fans the best emotions.”