FOX Sports and News Corp have secured a $346 million broadcast rights deal with Football Federation Australia.
The deal ensures broadcasting all A-League, Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup games over the next six years.
It excludes rights to the final round of Socceroos World Cup qualifying matches, the Asian Cup, Asian Champions League.
“Today’s announcement sees Fox Sports remain the home of football in Australia. We have been there from the beginning, and have walked the hard yards, and we will be there to see Australian football reach its full potential. For us it’s a celebration,” FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany said.
“We will serve up more football, across more platforms, live, ad break free during play and in high definition. The way it should. Today’s deal sees FOX Sports home to every major Australian football code until 2020. That’s your team, every round live, no compromises.”
“Since the transformation of our game began back in 2003, the change in football has been remarkable,” FFA chairman Steven Lowy said.
“Football has always been the World Game but it is now also entrenched as a mainstream Australian sport, with deep connections to Asia, the fastest-growing region in the world.
“Our game has never seen a deal of this magnitude before. This six-year agreement gives us the certainty to continue to implement our strategy to grow the Hyundai A-League and the Westfield W-League and invest more in grassroots football development and the women’s game.”
However one Saturday night A-League match for Free to Air is yet to be finalised.
SBS will continue to broadcast the A-League on Friday nights this season, as well as the Premier League every match-week and Champions League every match-day.