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After a period on pay-TV, English football’s landmark knock-out competition the FA Cup is making a return to the masses following the sport’s governing body The Football Association confirming a new broadcast deal with free-to-air broadcasters ITV and the BBC.

fa cup ITV BBc 24May2019The new four-year deal with [The FA] will begin from 2021 and will see coverage broadcast across the full breadth of the cup each season, from the First Round through to the Final.

Live coverage of more than 20 matches will be shown each season from 2021/22 through to 2024/25, and the deal also includes live coverage of The FA Community Shield each year. Sharing coverage with the BBC, ITV will have first pick and fourth pick of matches in the Second Round, Fourth Round and the Quarter Finals, as well as second and third picks for the First, Third and Fifth Rounds and second pick of the Semi-finals.

“The Emirates FA Cup continues to capture the public’s imagination, drawing millions of viewers at every stage,” commented Mark Bullingham, chief commercial and football development officer at the FA. “This agreement...is fantastic news and means that we will reach the broadest possible audience across the country.”

Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, added: “We are delighted to be able to broadcast the FA Cup once again. We are particularly pleased that we shared The FA’s vision of a completely free-to-air competition and look forward to bringing new viewers all along the road to Wembley Stadium.”