S4C will continue to show live coverage of top flight domestic Welsh football for the next four years after securing a new broadcast agreement with the Football Association of Wales.
The new agreement will see the channel’s flagship football series Sgorio broadcast up to 33 live matches every year from next season until the 2021/22 season, including the JD Welsh Premier League, JD Welsh Cup, WPL League Cup and the Irn-Bru Cup.
Matches will be shown live on S4C television and online, via s4c.cymru and the Sgorio Facebook Live page.
Sgorio, which has been a fixture of the S4C schedule since 1988, first began to broadcast live Welsh Premier League matches in 2008.
Commenting on the new deal, S4C sports commissioner Sue Butler:
“We are delighted to continue our relationship with the FAW and the JD Welsh Premier League, to bring unrivalled coverage of top flight Welsh football.
“Sgorio’s live coverage remains at the heart of S4C’s sports portfolio and plays an important role in attracting viewers to our channel. Our online-only match coverage has been a popular addition among fans this season and we hope our audience for these matches will continue to grow over the next four years.”
So far this season, a total of 630,000 viewers across the UK have tuned in to live Sgorio coverage via S4C television, while there has been a further 415,000 online viewing sessions on S4C Clic, BBC iPlayer or the Sgorio Facebook Live account.
In addition to the live matches, midweek magazine show, Mwy o Sgorio, is back for another series.
Emyr Davies, Senior Producer of Rondo Media, which produces Sgorio and Mwy o Sgorio, said:
“Rondo very much welcome this announcement and look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the FAW, JD Welsh Premier League and S4C.
“Rondo, through its Sgorio brand, is proud of its part in the expansion of coverage the JD WPL and Welsh Cup has received on S4C over the past decade, which means that all the goals of all the games can be viewed on various platforms. We look forward to ensuring further innovations during the course of the new contract.”
Osian Roberts, FAW Technical Director, said:
“As someone who has played and managed in the domestic game in Wales, I know how important coverage of the game is, and how much it is appreciated.
“Over the years the standards both on and off the field have developed and improved dramatically and the S4C’s coverage has reflected that. The broadcasting of domestic football is vital to ensure its continuing development in Wales.”
Jonathan Ford, FAW Chief Executive FAW, added:
“The FAW is delighted to extend the domestic football contract with S4C. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with them over a number of years.
“Their coverage of Welsh football is second to none, and has certainly raised the profile and awareness of the domestic game. We look forward to another four years of excellent coverage and commitment to the game in Wales.”
For more information about S4C’s football coverage, visit the official website – s4c.cymru/sgorio.