BeIN Sports, the international pay-television giant, has retained rights to the Coupe de France knockout competition across 29 territories after agreeing a long-term deal with the French Football Federation (FFF) governing body.
Under a four-year agreement, announced today (January 4) and running from 2022-23 to 2025-2026, the broadcaster will show the competition in 24 countries across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, and Hong Kong.
This adds to BeIN’s deal last month (December) to show the tournament domestically in France, along with public service broadcaster France Télévisions.
BeIN will hold domestic Coupe de France rights for the first time, while France TV is a legacy partner.
The FFF opted for the 2022-26 cycle to separate out the domestic and international rights, the latter of which were put out to tender last March.
BeIN’s deal has been struck ahead of the start of the round of 62 on Friday (January 6) when top-flight Ligue 1 clubs enter.
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The Qatar-based network will broadcast games on the main BeIN Sports channel. In MENA, viewers can also watch games live with Arabic commentary on the BeIN Sports 2 channel.
As part of the agreement, BeIN will also show select matches from the women’s edition until 2026.
Richard Verow, BeIN Media Group chief sports officer, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our coverage of French football with the men’s and women’s French Cup. It is a magical competition demonstrating the best of football in France.
“The length of this deal shows BeIN’s commitment to the FFF. We are proud to partner up with the FFF for this long-term deal, ensuring the French Cup is showcased worldwide.”
In the US, another territory where BeIN operates, it will no longer have rights after being replaced by national network Fox Sports.
The pay-TV operator also shows Ligue 1 in many of its markets including the US, Canada, MENA, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.