Virgin Media secures UEFA Nations League rights in new deal
Irish football fans will be able to watch live UEFA Nations League matches, finals and European qualifiers for the UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup for free on Virgin Media TV in what the broadcaster is calling a “major blow” for Irish sports fans.
he company announced tonight that it has secured multi-platform rights for the UEFA Nations League and UEFA Nations League Final from 2022-2025, UEFA European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2024 and European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026.
The deal gives Virgin Media Irish the right to show top international matches involving Europe’s top teams such as England, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy, as well as highlights from all matches Irish football internationals for the next four years, according to a statement from the broadcaster. .
June will see a celebration of football, starting on June 1 with the Finalissima between UEFA EURO 2020 winners Italy and Copa America holders Argentina.
The 2022 World Cup European Qualifiers featuring Scotland v Ukraine and Poland v Wales will also be shown on Virgin Media Television.
Virgin Media Television will also have exclusive Irish free-to-air rights to England matches when they take on Germany, Italy and Hungary in June.
Mick McCaffrey, Head of News and Sports at Virgin Media Television, said: “This is great news for Irish football fans as we continue our investment in top-flight international football. Our agreement with UEFA will see the best matches broadcast live and unencrypted on Virgin Media Television.
“The Nations League has been a really successful concept and we’re really looking forward to bringing all of the tournament’s live matches to our viewers in June and for the next four years. We’ll also be showing the tournament final.”
“Virgin Media will also host the main UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifiers and the 2026 FIFA World Cup European qualifiers,” he added.