By Harry Corish
Welsh football fans can continue to watch free-to-air Welsh language national team coverage thanks to an agreement with S4C.
S4C has secured exclusive UK free-to-air broadcasting rights to show Wales football team matches from 2022-2024.
A deal was in doubt as UEFA announced a deal with Nordic company NENT to show European football exclusively on Viaplay. A deal with S4C seemed unlikely, but following the public outcry, the FAW and S4C struck a deal with UEFA that will allow S4C to continue their national team coverage for the foreseeable future.
— Huw Edwards (@thehuwedwards) April 28, 2022
Following an agreement with UEFA, Welsh fans can watch the team’s upcoming UEFA Nations League campaign and European Qualifiers campaign for UEFA EURO 2024 live on Sgorio Rhyngwladol.
The agreement covers Wales’ games over two years, beginning on Wednesday 1 June with the UEFA Nations League away game against Poland. All matches will be broadcast live on S4C in Welsh.
Sgorio Rhyngwladol presenter Dylan Ebenezer said: “Of course we’re delighted that Sgorio will continue to follow the national team and bring the passion of the red wall to living rooms, football clubs and pubs across the country.
Glad to hear that @S4C will continue to show @cymru Matches until 2024. The quality of moderation, expert knowledge and commentary is top notch and the genuine love for the national team from everyone involved makes it even more special. Pôb lwc tîm, dal i fynd 👍🏴！
– Thomas Wynne Lewis May 25, 2022
“This is such an exciting time to be a supporter of Wales. We have a talented, confident young team led by the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey and the future looks bright. We can’t wait to get behind the team again.”
Sgorio has been instrumental in developing a close feeling between the fans and the national team. Their coverage brings a unique and Welsh flavor that has captivated the Welsh public throughout the team’s remarkable run since 2011.
S4C Chief Executive, Sian Doyle, said: “We are delighted that S4C will be the exclusive free-to-air home of the Wales men’s national football team and we believe this is fantastic news for Welsh football fans and the Welsh language.
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— Sgorio ⚽️ (@sgorio) May 25, 2022
“This is a golden age for the Wales national team and it is vital to the continued growth and development of football that fans can enjoy their games on free-to-air television.”
Following next Wednesday 1 June’s UEFA Nations League match between Poland and Wales, S4C will be at Cardiff City Stadium to live stream Wales in the European Qualifiers play-off final for the 2022 FIFA World Cup before Coverage of the UEFA Nations League resumes on Wednesday 8 June with Wales taking on the Netherlands in Cardiff.
Wales host Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 11 June before concluding two busy two-week days of football with an away game against the Netherlands on Tuesday 14 June.