WELSH football games from this year to 2024 will continue to be shown live on S4C, the broadcaster has announced.

The announcement of exclusive free to air rights means the men's national teams UEFA Nations League fixtures and the qualifiers for the Euro 2024 tournament will be shown on the channel.

The announcement comes after it was revealed in April that the team's games from 2024, starting with the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup and Euro 2028 would be shown online along with the Nations League and international challenge matches.

The Football Association of Wales had faced criticism over the deal announced by Scandinavian-based streaming service Viaplay but it said the rights had been sold centrally by European governing body UEFA.

The FAW and S4C have said they would hold talks over Welsh language coverage related to the games for which Viaplay hold the rights.

But fans will be relieved that they will continue to be able to view the team's next campaign for free, and in Welsh, on S4C with the new deal starting with next Wedneday's away fixture, in the Nations League, against Poland.

The crucial World Cup play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine on Sunday, June 5 will also be shown on S4C as part of its existing agreement to show the qualifying campaign.

Siân Doyle, S4C's chief executive, said the deal is "fantastic news" for football and the Welsh language.


She said: "We're very pleased that S4C will be the exclusive home for Wales' men's football team's games on public television. This really is fantastic news for football in Wales and the Welsh language.

"We're in the middle of a golden age for the national team and it's essential for the growth and development of the sport that supporters can continue to enjoy the team's games on public television."

After the World Cup play-off final Wales will host the Netherlands on Wednesday, June 8 and Belgium on Saturday June 11 before travelling to the Netherlands on Tuesday, June 14 with all games live on S4C.