Global soccer’s governing body FIFA has launched an invitation to tender (ITT) for media rights to the men’s 2026 and 2030 World Cups across the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
The bid submission deadline for both tenders is 10am (CET) on February 20.
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.
Rights to the last men's edition – the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – were held in the Netherlands by Dutch public broadcaster NOS, while public-service broadcasters VRT and RTBF aired the tournament in Belgium and Luxembourg.
That edition saw the Netherlands national team progress to the quarter-finals before getting knocked out on penalties by eventual champions Argentina. Belgium did not progress beyond the group stage, having finished third, while Luxembourg did not qualify for the tournament.
Last week, FIFA launched its ITT in France, Monaco, Andorra, and the French overseas territories for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups and earlier this week, opened its tender process for the 2026 World Cup and 2024 Futsal World Cup in five Central Asian countries.
The governing body also recently opened two tender processes in sub-Saharan Africa covering media rights to the 2026 tournament and the 2027 Women’s World Cup, as well as tenders covering the same two tournaments and editions in 2030 and 2031 in South Korea.
Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF became the latest network to secure rights to the 2026 World Cup in November, while Australian public broadcaster SBS announced it had retained rights to the same edition in October.