RTÉ bags rights for Republic of Ireland qualifiers

Free-to-air broadcaster to follow soccer team on path to World Cup and Euro 2020.

RTÉ bags rights for Republic of Ireland qualifiers

Irish free-to-air broadcaster RTÉ has secured the rights to the Republic of Ireland's qualifying matches for the Uefa Euro 2020 and Fifa World Cup 2022 soccer tournaments.

The agreement will see RTÉ carry live coverage of the games on its TV, radio, digital and mobile platforms. RTÉ Sport already holds the exclusive free-to-air rights to the finals of Euro 2020 - which are being played at 13 venues across the continent, including Dublin's Aviva Stadium - and of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The rights to European qualifiers for major national team soccer tournaments are sold by CAA Eleven, a bespoke agency created by Uefa and the Creative Artists Agency.

Ryle Nugent, group head of sport for RTÉ, said: "Today's announcements ensure that all Republic of Ireland European Qualifiers, both home and away, for the Fifa World Cup of 2018, the Uefa Euro 2020 Finals and the Fifa World Cup 2022 will be available, free to air, for Irish audiences on RTÉ.

"In addition, the three finals tournaments themselves, which always provide some of the biggest and most iconic moments in sport, will be available to the Irish public. At a time of significant and increased competition in the market place to secure these rights on all platforms is a very positive step."

The Republic of Ireland, who reached the second round of Euro 2016 in France before being beaten 2-1 by the hosts, are currently second in Group D of Uefa qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, level on points with leaders Serbia with four games to play.