The Qatar 2022 World Cup has finally begun, with England getting their campaign under.
Terrestrial channels have negotiated a share over coverage for major tournaments between themselves for more than 50 years and ITV are said to have had first pick this year.
The group stage England tie against Wales will be on the BBC but the corporation would then be waiting until the semi-final to screen another potential Three Lions match. ITV will also have coverage of the USA’s match against Wales on November 21.
The World Cup kicks off with four matches on November 21. Senegal’s game against Holland, on ITV, will open the tournament on that day at 10am UK time.
The BBC also has Spain against Germany on November 27. After the potentially favourable draw for England on Friday, Fifa confirmed match timings on Saturday, with the Three Lions taking on Iran on the opening day at 1pm GMT.
The fixture marks the first senior international meeting between the countries, and marks an intriguing diplomatic match up, given the draw came just weeks after the UK finally secured the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
After Iran, England will then aim to beat the United States in a World Cup finals match at the third attempt, after a shock defeat in 1950 and a draw at the 2010 finals in South Africa. Kick-off for that match is scheduled for 7pm GMT on November 25. England’s third game against the winner of the delayed European play-off gets under way at 7pm GMT on November 29.
Niall Sloane, ITVs director of sport, said: "The World Cup is now in focus and we’re delighted to be able to bring viewers coverage of what promises to be some of the standout games of the tournament across ITV channels and our new free streaming service ITVX, which launches this autumn."
Philip Bernie, the BBCs head of TV Sport, added: "We are very excited about our selection of matches. We have two England group games - their opening group game with Iran and then the enticing match-up against Wales - as well as the heavyweight clash between Spain and Germany, big games involving Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, France and Belgium, and the first pick of the semi-finals.
"With extensive 24/7 coverage across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio, online and social media, the World Cup promises to be a huge event to wrap up a major sporting year on the BBC."