FIFA has announced that it has extended the American TV rights for Fox and Telemundo through the 2026 World Cup.
Following an extended run on ESPN, Fox in 2011 won the rights to televise the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as other FIFA tournaments, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.
In a statement to Goal, Fox said: “We are truly honored that FIFA has elected to extend Fox Sports’ rights to the portfolio of FIFA events including the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup through 2026. These events are some of the world’s most important sports competitions, and it is our privilege to be entrusted with these rights in the United States. We’re looking forward to the kick-off of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in June with great anticipation.”
Fox referred all further inquiries to FIFA.
“We’re very pleased that FIFA allowed us to extend our deal as the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster of FIFA World Cup tournaments through 2026,” Joe Uva, chairman of Hispanic enterprises and content of NBCUniversal said in a statement to Goal. “This unprecedented agreement gives our Telemundo and NBC Universo viewers and digital consumers more of the world’s best soccer for the next 12 years."
In addition to the U.S. rights in English and Spanish, FIFA also announced that CTV/TSN had its rights extended for Canada.
“These agreements guarantee wide distribution for FIFA tournaments across the US and Canada," FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson said in a release. "Together, we will be able to further promote football in North America and build on the impressive interest shown by audiences in these major territories during the 2014 FIFA World Cup."
Fox, Telemundo and CTV/TSN also secured the rights to the following tournaments in addition to the 2026 World Cup: the Women’s World Cup in 2023, U-20 World Cup in 2023 and 2025, U-17 World Cup in 2023 and 2025, Beach Soccer World Cup in 2023 and 2025, Futsal World Cup in 2024, U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2024 and 2026, U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2024 and 2026, and Confederations Cup in 2025.