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FIFA assigns Nordic rights for 2026 World Cup

Five years ahead of its scheduled staging, FIFA has confirmed its Nordic broadcast partnerships for the 2026 World Cup. The tournament is set to take place across the US, Mexico and Canada, and will be the first to be expanded to 48 countries from the typical 32. As such, there will be 80 matches from […]

Women’s World Cup could go biennial says FIFA president

The FIFA Women’s World Cup could be turned into a biennial event, the governing body’s president has said.  Gianni Infantino was speaking at the World Football Summit and said that the increased demand caused by the success of 2019’s edition of the tournament, could result in it becoming a more regularly staged event. As reported […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

FIFA’s Vicente in as CEO at Eleven Sports 

Streamer Eleven Sports has appointed Luis Vicente as its CEO. Vicente joins from FIFA, where he served as the body’s chief digital transformation and innovation officer. He succeeds Marc Watson, who will remain in the company as its executive chairman and board director of parent company Aser Ventures.  Watson said: “Luis has a passion for […]

Football bodies identify Arabsat as source of BeoutQ broadcasts

Football bodies FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s LFP and England’s Premier League have explicitly accused Arabsat of transmitting pirate operation BeoutQ’s services. Following a report commissioned by the sporting groups from MarkMonitor, they said that beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts have been transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and operated […]

FIFA eWorld Cup attracts almost 50 million

The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 esports tournament achieved new record figures, claims the organisation. The event, which was broadcast from London’s O2 Arena on August 2-4, saw more than 47 million viewers across online platforms.  Representing the boom period for esports, FIFA said that this was a 60% increase over the previous year’s event. In […]

Top football bodies express frustration on BeoutQ inaction

A group of top-tier international football organisations have collectively issued a condemnation of Saudi pirate organisation BeoutQ and have called on the country’s government to take action. FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A have issued a statement condemning BeoutQ. In a carefully […]

FIFA: Women’s World Cup to reach 1 billion viewers

The upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 from France will reach “up to 1 billion viewers worldwide”, claims the organiser. The tournament is to be broadcast worldwide across a range of operators, including DAZN, BBC and beIN Sports. In a statement, FIFA said that FIFA TV will “provide broadcasters with around 1,700 hours of non-live […]

Volia enters premium sports business with Champions League deal

Ukrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons. The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine. […]