French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have announced they will share the FTA TV rights to the France national football team’s matches in the 2018-2020 period, after signing an agreement with UEFA.
The broadcasters will equally share all Les Bleus’ matches, after the 2018 football World Cup in Russia (which TF1 and BeIN Sports hold the rights to), and before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. TF1 and M6 will each broadcast 20 of the 40 matches qualifying for the World Cup as well as the first games of the new Nations League in 2020 and 2022. They will also have access to 22 matches each in the best games not featuring France.
According to sports daily L’Equipe, both groups shared the €140 million price to get the rights. This is the first partnership M6 has struck with the French team. The broadcaster also holds the exclusive rights to the matches of the women’s French national football team for the next five years.