TF1 and M6 pick up French national soccer team rights

French broadcasters commit €70 million each to show France games for four years.

TF1 and M6 pick up French national soccer team rights

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have agreed deals with European soccer’s governing body Uefa for the rights to show the French national men’s soccer team matches for four years, from 2018 to 2022.

The agreement, which was brokered by the CAA Eleven agency, will see the channels share live coverage of France’s qualifying matches for the 2020 Uefa European Championships (Euro 2020) and the 2022 Fifa World Cup, as well as the team’s games in the new Uefa Nations League, and friendly matches.

In addition, both broadcasters will have live and exclusive rights to all 22 Nations League matches that do not feature France.

Sports news outlet SportBusiness reports that the channels will pay €70 million (US$87 million) each for the deals, and will alternate coverage of France’s matches.

French free-to-air broadcaster L'Équipe has a deal with Uefa for the rights to Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, as well as Nations League games, excluding fixtures featuring the France team.