ESPN continues to kick up its soccer presence stateside and overseas, locking up exclusive English-language U.S. rights to UEFA Euro 2020. The deal for the European soccer championship also includes TV rights to all UEFA national team matches from 2018-20, including qualifying matches to UEFA Euro 2020 and the continental qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The rights also include two editions of the newly created UEFA Nations League, where European national teams will be divided into four divisions according to their ranking. The 12 teams in the top division will compete to participate in the UEFA Nations League Final Four to be crowned the UEFA Nations League Champions. The first edition of the UEFA Nations League will start in September 2018, and the first UEFA Nations League Final Four will be played in the following June.

“The UEFA European Football Championship is one of the marquee events in international football and as fans in the U.S. continue to follow the sport overseas, the interest in this tournament will only get stronger,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN’s SVP Programming and Acquisitions. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with UEFA and our commitment to presenting world-class global football events on our networks and across our media platforms.”
UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, is the administrative body for association soccer in Europe.