Pay-TV broadcaster BeIN Sports has acquired the main domestic broadcast rights package for the Coupe de France knockout club soccer competition until 2026.
The Qatari-based network has signed a four-year agreement with the French Football Federation (FFF), which will run alongside the national body’s extended free-to-air (FTA) broadcast partnership with France Télévisions (FTV). The deal with the public service network is worth €9 million (US$9.45 million) per year, according to French sports publication L’Équipe.
Under the new agreement, which sees Warner Bros Discovery’s Eurosport network replaced as the main broadcaster, BeIN Sports secures the rights to all matches from the competition, as well as fixtures from the Women’s Coupe de France and Gambardella Under-19s tournament. FTV meanwhile will provide coverage of select matches from each round, including the final.
The FFF was said to be looking to secure as close to the €21 million (US$22.05 million) a year it was receiving under the contract that expired at the end of the 2021/22 season, but FTV and Eurosport offered only €15 million (US$15.75 million) per season, which was rejected by the FFF.
While no fee has been reported for what BeIN is now paying for the rights – which also include distribution in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, as well as Hong Kong – FFF president Noël Le Graët confirmed the new agreement means his organisation will be able to maintain the €12 million (US$12.6 million) pot of central funding for clubs in the lower tiers of French soccer.
“I am satisfied with this new partnership with France Télévisions and BeIn Sports, which confirms the attractiveness of the most popular and unifying competition in French football,” said Le Graët.
“Satisfaction is all the greater since the income generated by these broadcasting contracts will make it possible to maintain a level of significant financial allocations for amateur and professional clubs, which total nearly €12 million.”