FA Cup Final to be Shown Live on TV312th May 15 | TV News
TV3 Group secure four year deal of live rights for every FA Cup Final from 2015 to 2018
Showpiece event returns to terrestrial TV in Ireland for first time in 17 years
Big Irish interest in this year’s final with Shay Given and Jack Grealish likely to feature
After an absence of almost 20 years, English soccer’s showpiece event, the FA Cup Final, is returning to terrestrial television in Ireland. TV3 will broadcast this year’s final LIVE from Wembley between Aston Villa and Arsenal on Saturday 30th May. TV3’s build up will begin live from 5pm.
TV3 will also show the FA Cup Final live in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
This year’s final is likely to include a couple of big names in Irish soccer, Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is expected to start for Aston Villa, 17 years after his last FA Cup Final appearance while one of Villa’s key men will be Ireland Under 21 midfielder Jack Grealish, who has enjoyed a sensational second half of the season, but has still yet to confirm if he will play for Ireland or England at senior level.
The FA Cup Final will culminate a big week for TV3 Sport which will also see 3e broadcast the UEFA Europa League Final live on Wednesday 27th May.
Pat Kiely, TV3 Group Commercial Director, said: “The FA Cup Final has always been one of the biggest events in the football calendar and we are thrilled to make the Wembley occasion available to our viewers. The Road to Wembley this year has provided plenty of surprises and the final promises to be a great occasion, with more than a little interest for Irish soccer fans. Off the back of our new three year deal with UEFA for Champions League Tuesdays until 2018 and our exclusive coverage of Rugby World Cup 2015, TV3 continues to offer some of the biggest event programming in Ireland for our viewers and advertisers.”