The 2026 FIFA Males’s World Cup can be broadcast completely by way of SBS in Australia after the broadcaster secured the rights to the brand new expanded 48-team occasion in a landmark deal.
In a significant win for followers in Australia after the current women’s World Cup was split between television broadcaster Channel 7 and digital streaming service Optus, the boys’s occasion being staged in Canada, Mexico and USA in 2026 will all be dwell, free and unique by way of SBS, SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand.
Soccer followers round Australia consistently endure by means of a division of broadcasting rights on varied platforms to observe the varied leagues all over the world, however the World Cup remaining on SBS after the success of Qatar 2022 is an enormous win for supporters.
“Soccer is within the DNA of SBS,” mentioned James Taylor, Managing Director of SBS.
“SBS has been the house of soccer on Australian tv for nearly 40 years and we couldn’t be extra thrilled to announce that we’ll broadcast the 2026 match from North America, which may have extra groups, extra matches and draw extra eyeballs than ever earlier than.”
The Matildas set new Australian broadcast data throughout their semi-final cost of the ladies’s World Cup earlier this yr, peaking at 9.25 million viewers, however followers weren’t joyful that each match of the match was not obtainable dwell and free however reasonably by way of subscription streaming.
It was lately revealed soccer followers would wish to fork out $600 a yr in streaming charges for Australian followers to maintain watching the Matildas of their varied home leagues all over the world, whereas subscriptions to observe all the key males’s leagues together with the home A-League and Champions League would value greater than $1000 a yr.
The Socceroos journey to the 2026 World Cup continues subsequent month with qualifying clashes with Bangladesh and Palestine.