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The FA Board has approved a ‘hugely significant’ overseas broadcast rights deal for The Emirates FA Cup, the world’s original and most iconic domestic cup competition.

The FA Board has approved a ‘hugely significant’ overseas broadcast rights deal for The Emirates FA Cup, the world’s original and most iconic domestic cup competition.

It has been announced today, that following a highly competitive bidding process for the international television rights for The Emirates FA Cup; The FA have awarded Pitch International an exclusive package of overseas broadcast rights for six years from the 2018/19 season through to 2023/24.

The FA has signed a formal agreement with Pitch International to cover television rights for Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: "This is a hugely significant deal for The FA as a not-for-profit organisation. 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.”

Jon Owen, Founding Partner of Pitch International, said: "Our partnership with The FA dates back over two decades and we are delighted to extend this to 2024. We take great pride in representing the world’s oldest cup competition. It is a unique event that richly deserves its place in the sporting calendar. 

"We are confident that by continuing to work together we will deliver ongoing success for The FA and its media partners for many years to come."