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SBS picks up World Cup qualifier rights

Australian public-service broadcaster SBS has acquired free-to-air rights to two of the men’s national football team’s qualifying games for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Australia kicked off its Group B qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win in Kuwait on September 10 and faces Nepal at home next on October 10. On October 15, Australia will play its third World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifier when it takes on Chinese Taipei at National Stadium Kaohsiung.

Its sixth match will be the return fixture in Nepal on March 31. SBS has picked up rights to these two matches. They will be aired on SBS Viceland and simulcast in Australia via The World Game website, The World Game app, and on SBS On Demand.

Australia will play eight matches between now and June 2020, and need to finish as one of the eight group winners or four best runners-up to advance directly to the 2023 Asian Cup finals and to progress to the next round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

SBS holds the exclusive broadcast rights in Australia to Qatar 2022.