FIFA, global soccer’s governing body, has launched an invitation to tender (ITT) in France for media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.  

The tender process also covers Monaco, Andorra, and the French overseas territories.

The 2026 World Cup will take place in Mexico, the US, and Canada and will feature a record 48 teams and 104 matches.

The 2030 edition, meanwhile, will primarily be held in Morocco, Portugal, and Spain, but three matches will be staged in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay as part of a centenary celebration ceremony to mark 100 years since the first ever World Cup took place.

The bid submission deadline for both tenders in France is 10am (Central European Time) on February 13, and the ITTs can be requested by interested parties by contacting france-media-rights@fifa.org.

Rights to the 2022 World Cup were held in France by TF1, the public-service broadcaster, and pay-TV giant BeIN Sports.

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In the country, the final between France and Argentina in Qatar generated the highest television audience on record, with an average of 25 million viewers across free-to-air and pay-TV.

FIFA recently opened two tender processes in sub-Saharan Africa covering media rights to the men’s 2026 World Cup and 2027 Women’s World Cup.

A deadline of December 13 was set for bids to be submitted.

FIFA also opened tenders covering the same two tournaments – as well as editions in 2030 and 2031, potentially – in South Korea. That process had a deadline of December 5.

Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF became the latest network to secure rights to the 2026 World Cup in November.

In late October, meanwhile, free-to-air Australian broadcaster SBS announced it would remain the exclusive men’s World Cup broadcast partner through 2026.