S4C has announced that it will screen live coverage of Wales’ remaining World Cup qualifiers as they battle to make it to the 2018 finals in Russia.
The Welsh-language broadcaster has reached a deal with rights holders Sky Sports that means viewers in Wales and across the UK will be able to watch live coverage of these crucial qualifying matches on free-to-air television.
Prior to the deal with Sky, S4C had the rights to broadcast same day highlights of Wales’ qualifiers, but live coverage of their remaining fixtures on the channel will start with the crunch Group D clash against the Republic of Ireland on Friday, March 24.
This will be followed by Serbia away on Sunday, June 11, Austria at home on Saturday, September 2 and away in Moldova on Tuesday, September 5.
Then in October, there will be fixtures away at Georgia and finally at home against Republic of Ireland on Monday, October 9.
Dylan Ebenezer will anchor S4C’s presentation team, with Nic Parry and Malcolm Allen in the commentary box and former internationals Owain Tudur Jones and Dai Davies providing the analysis.
S4C Sports Commissioner Sue Butler said, “We are delighted to offer the only live free-to-air coverage of Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“Chris Coleman’s team captivated us at Euro 2016 and it’s great to be back with the Wales team following all the action and drama live on S4C.”
S4C presenter Dylan Ebenezer added: “This is very exciting news. The reaction to S4C’s coverage from France last summer was incredible and to be able to build on that is excellent.
“The fact that the whole thing will start with such a crucial match against Ireland adds to the excitement. I hope the viewers will enjoy as much as the presenters and production team!”
S4C is available on all platforms in Wales and on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media all over the UK. A HD service can be enjoyed on both the Sky and Freesat platforms.