The Europe-based broadcaster Sky Sports has announced that Scotland and Northern Ireland’s crucial UEFA Euro 2020 play-offs final matches will be made available to all viewers free-to-air, allowing fans from both nations to watch the dramatic night that will determine the their fate in the next summer’s rescheduled UEFA European Championships.
Scotland seek to book their place in a major international tournament for the first time since 1998, facing Serbia who also aims to qualify for its first European Championship as an independent nation. Meanwhile Northern Ireland look to repeat their qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 – their first major tournament for 30 years. They will face Slovakia in the finals.
“We know how significant these fixtures could be for fans of Scotland and Northern Ireland,” Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said. “With two sides on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament, we felt it was the right moment in these exceptional and unique circumstances to make the games more widely available.” Sky Sports has recognized these matches as“historic”.
According to Sky Sports, subscribers will also be able to enjoy The Masters from Augusta, Belgium vs England in the UEFA Nations League, Lewis Hamilton’s bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s illustrious record of seven F1 world titles at the Turkish Grand Prix and the IPL Final. Also, in the UEFA Nations League Scotland face Slovakia, Wales face Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland play Austria.
Meanwhile, England’s friendly with Republic of Ireland would be shown on terrestrial TV north of the border at the same time. Domestic football and other live sporting events will continue to be exclusively available to Sky Sports customers. Fans in the UK will also be able to access the matches via NOWTV, as well as on their mobile, laptop or tablet with SkyGo.
Four nations are yet to qualify for Euro 2020 and will be named after the play-offs final conclude on Nov. 12. The winner will join the first 20 teams who booked their place in the tournament during the group stage last year. Euro 2020, originally scheduled for June 12-July 12, was pushed back 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now due to be held from June 11-July 11 next year.