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French Football Federation welcomes bids for TV rights to youth matches

The FFF has officially requested proposals from broadcasters for matches involving French national teams at youth level

The French Football Federation (FFF) has invited broadcasters to bid for the right to broadcast its men's and women's age group national teams, as well as its national futsal team, within France.

Interested parties will be bidding to cover the men's under-21 team, and both men's and women's youth national teams from the start of the 2023-24 campaign until the end of the 2026-27 season.

Broadcasters have until June 15 to make their official offers to the federation.

BeIN Sports showing U21 Euros in France

The current rights holder, BeIN Sports, will be providing coverage of this summer's UEFA Under-21 European Championship, with the tournament set to kick off on Wednesday 21st June.

France will be appearing at the competition in Romania and Georgia, with the nation's Under-21 team to start their campaign on the 22nd of June against Italy.

While BeIN Sports will be providing full coverage of every game at the tournament, free-to-air broadcaster W9 will show all of France's matches.

Will BeIN Sports remain the home of French youth football going forward?

Following the end of this tournament, the new rights holder will look to provide coverage of all of France's youth level national teams in both the women's and men's catagories for the following four seasons.

BeIN Sports are the frontrunners to retain the rights and continue their relationship with the French Football Federation (FFF).

The Qatari-owned global pay-TV giant is one of the biggest sports broadcasters in the world and has long been a household name in France with millions of French sports fans subscribing to its service.

Following the 2022 World Cup, BeIN reportedly boosted its subscriber base by 500,000 from 2.2m to 2.7m French households paying for the network.

It's little wonder they are favourites when it comes to bidding for any football TV rights in France right now.

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