Colombia’s Fifa World Cup qualifiers to stay on Caracol

Free-to-air broadcaster extends rights deal with Colombian Football Federation.

Colombia’s Fifa World Cup qualifiers to stay on Caracol

Free-to-air commercial broadcaster Caracol Televisión has renewed its domestic rights deal with the Colombian Football Federation (FCF), the governing body for soccer in the country.

The rights package includes the Colombian national soccer team’s qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, along with the men’s side’s friendly matches and games played by the South American country’s women’s and youth teams.

According to the El Espectador website, the contract runs from 2018/19 to 2021/22 and is worth US$40 million.

Caracol Televisión has covered the Colombian soccer team for over 25 years and its current contract expires at the end of this year. The broadcaster and rival RCN both have rights to this year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia, while pay-TV DirecTV Latin America will also show the national team tournament in Colombia.

Colombia will feature at the World Cup this summer for the sixth time, and have been drawn in Group H in Russia alongside Poland, Senegal and Japan.