FOX Soccer Holds On to FA Rights Through 2017-18 Season


LOS ANGELES: FOX Soccer has renewed its deal for the exclusive media rights of the Football Association (FA) for six more years, through the 2017-18 soccer season.

The multiplatform deal gives FOX Soccer the exclusive rights to all content from the FA in all languages for the U.S. and Caribbean. The deal includes the FA Cup tournament, as well as England’s national team home qualifiers and friendlies, and the Community Shield matchup between the FA Cup and the Champions of the Barclays Premier League. In addition to FA cup matches, the agreement covers highlight shows, official tournament draws and archive matches, as well as England’s U21 team matches, qualifiers and friendlies.

“The Football Association is pleased to have reached an agreement with FOX Soccer to extend our partnership for a further six years, particularly as we had so much interest from other parties in the States,” said Stuart Turner, the group commercial director for the FA. “The network has proven to be a destination for American viewers who want to see quality FA competitions.”

“We are proud to extend our longstanding partnership with the FA,” added David Nathanson, the general manager of FOX Soccer. “The combination of the FA Cup, England National Team competitions and the Community Shield is one of the most diverse and valued rights packages in the business. We’re thrilled we can deliver these staple events to our audience for years to come.”