Fifa launches sub-Saharan Africa tender for Women's World Cup
An invitation to tender for multi-platform media rights across sub-Saharan Africa to the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup in France has been launched by soccer's governing body.
The contract additionally covers this year's U-17 World Cup, the U-20 World Cup, and the Beach Soccer World Cup.
Fifa said the objective of the tender is to find a broadcaster that reaches "the widest possible audience and provides a high-quality viewing experience for fans."
Media companies or organisations wishing to participate in the tender process can request the ITT by sending an email to Sub-Sahara-Media-Rights@fifa.org.
A question and answer period will run until 5pm (CET) on 1 April, with bids to be submitted to Fifa by 10am the next day.
SuperSport, the pay-TV broadcaster, held the sub-Saharan Africa rights to the U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup and Beach Soccer World Cup in 2017.
The 2019 Women's World Cup runs from 7 June to 7 July, with Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa the participants from sub-Saharan Africa.
Meanwhile, Rai, the public-service broadcaster in Italy, has picked up the free-to-air package of rights in the country to the Women's World Cup.
Rai will show 15 matches live, including all games involving Italy, which will be appearing in the tournament for the first time since 1999, and face Jamaica, Brazil and Australia in the group stages.
Earlier this week, pay-TV's Sky Italia announced it would show all 52 games from the tournament live, 37 of them exclusively.