The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, which is taking place on June 5, will be free-to-watch for everyone in the UK, thanks to a deal between Sky and the public broadcasters.
The final will see Wales taking on either Scotland or Ukraine, depending on the results of their decisive fixture. The winner will secure its place at the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar this November.
This year, the final qualifier will air for free on ITV in England, S4C in Wales and STV in Scotland, thanks to agreements between Sky Sports and the broadcasters.
The game, which will also be shown on Sky Sports, is the culmination of a long qualifying campaign, following the initial postponement of Scotland’s fixture with Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, while Wales beat Austria 2-1 back in March.
This is not the first time that Sky has shared sports rights with the free-to-air public broadcasters – In 2019, Sky partnered with Channel 4 to show England’s bid to lift the Cricket World Cup for the first time, and in 2021, Sky partnered with Channel 4 for the historic Formula 1 finale.
Jonathan Licht, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “Next Sunday’s game is a huge fixture for Wales and Scotland supporters, and for football fans throughout the UK and Ireland.
“We are thrilled to make a game of such national sporting significance available to the widest possible audience, thanks to our partnership with ITV, S4C and STV.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “This agreement ensures free to air coverage for all football fans for the crucial World Cup Play-Off Final.
The deal with Sky Sports will bring fans of the Home Nations the chance to watch their team progress to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which we hope our viewers will enjoy.”
Sian Doyle, S4C Chief Executive, said: “The play-off final is one of the biggest games in the recent history of the Welsh football team and one the whole nation will be watching with tremendous excitement.
“S4C is here to provide a service to the people of Wales and we are proud to be a part of the Red Wall.
“We will be turning our channel red to show our support for the team and we will be behind them all the way. We hope Wales supporters will join us and enjoy our coverage. Yma o Hyd”.
How To Watch World Cup Play-Off Final For Free
The FIFA World Cup Play-Off Final between Wales and Ukraine or Scotland will kick off at 5pm on Sunday, June 5.
In England, it will be available to watch for free on ITV – on Freeview, Freesat, the pay-TV platforms and on ITV Hub, which is available on most streaming devices, smart TVs and Freeview Play boxes in the UK.
In Wales, the match will air for free on S4C, and in Scotland, it will air on STV.
Sky Sports subscribers can of course also watch the match on Sky Sports, as well as track all the action on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app for minute-by-minute updates on the go.
Before the final, the Scotland vs Ukraine fixture will not be free-to-air, but will be live on Sky Sports at 7:45pm on Wednesday, June 1.