BBC Cymru Wales to screen Wales football highlights

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

Wales international football is to return to BBC Cymru Wales television for the first time in eight years.

BBC Cymru Wales has agreed a two-year deal for the rights to show highlights of all Wales home games.

The programmes will also be live on the BBC Sport website.

Wales' friendly against Bosnia-Hercegovina on 15 August will be the first match shown, followed by the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Croatia, Serbia, Scotland and FYR Macedonia.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: "Sport is one of the major things that defines us as a nation and I'm delighted that BBC Cymru Wales will be showing television highlights of Wales's home football internationals once again, complementing our existing radio and online coverage in English and Welsh, and giving the audience the best of Welsh sport on all platforms."

Geoff Williams and Jonathan Ford
BBC Wales' Geoff Williams and Jonathan Ford, FAW chief executive, sealed the deal.

The television highlights coverage for home matches is in addition to live broadcasts which have been on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and online for many years. Both radio stations and online will continue to cover all Wales' games, both home and away. The programmes will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Geoff Williams, head of sport for BBC Cymru Wales, said: "We know from our existing coverage that there is a real passion for football in Wales, and we are thrilled to be able to follow Chris Coleman and the Wales team on television, as well as radio and online.

"Coverage of the Welsh international team will complement our existing coverage of the Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup, and we look forward to bringing action, analysis, news and views to our audiences for the next two seasons."

Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, said: "The Football Association of Wales is looking forward to a close working relationship with BBC Cymru Wales. We all recognise the high quality of sports coverage on BBC radio and television and we know this will be of benefit to Welsh football at all levels.

"It is an exciting time both on and off the field. We are about to embark on a World Cup qualifying campaign with the aim of reaching Brazil in 2014 and Welsh football supporters will be able to enjoy the journey with the highlights on BBC Wales television and live coverage on BBC radio."