The English Football Association has signed a new six-year overseas broadcast deal for the Emirates FA Cup.
The deal is being described by the FA as a “hugely significant” deal that ensure that the FA Cup remains one of the most prestigious domestic cup competitions. The new agreement starts in 2018 with Pitch International covering western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and IMG covering the rest of the world.
“This is a hugely significant deal for The FA as a not-for-profit organization,” said FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn. “It means we will be able to invest even more than we currently do in pitches, facilities and participation programmes to make football available for all.
“It is not overstating it to say that it could have a transformational impact on what we are able to achieve across the country. It also underlines the global popularity of The Emirates FA Cup, with its history and tradition it has the remarkable ability to create fantastic stories and inspire fans, players and clubs to believe anything is possible.
“On top of that, by the time we get to the Wembley showpiece next May, more than £30m will have been distributed to competing clubs this season, from the amateur game right through to the elite level.
“We are extremely grateful to Pitch International and IMG for recognising the value of this wonderful competition – as we are to our other cup partners – and their support will have a direct and lasting impact in helping us to grow the grassroots and making sure football is for all.”