Channel 4 has won the streaming rights to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 as UK viewers will be able to watch Chelsea FC’s bid to become champions.
The channel has won the exclusive, terrestrial television rights to show the match live and the news follows a number of further sports deals to have been secured by the broadcaster’s sports team.
Channel 4’s Head of Sport, Pete Andrews, commented: “This is one of the few major honours to have eluded Chelsea so it’d be great if they can make history live on Channel 4. We’re delighted to be bringing top-flight football live on free to air terrestrial television, let’s just hope The Blues can go all the way.”
The Premier League side will be aiming to join Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United and lift the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in its history.
The final will be live on Channel 4 from 4pm on 12 February, whilst the semi-final on 9 February, against opponents yet to be decided, will be shown live on E4 with coverage starting at 4pm.
Furthermore, the deal also makes available a highlights programme the same evening on Channel 4 as Chelsea represents Europe as the current Champions League holders.
The FIFA Club World Cup is being held in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, with the Blue’s first match and the final scheduled to take place at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium – a 37,500-capacity venue which is currently the home of the tournament’s local representatives.