No last-minute deals this time: AFN secures World Cup rights early, will broadcast starting Thursday
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Soccer fans serving with the U.S. military overseas will get to watch the World Cup on American Forces Network when it starts Thursday.
AFN officials said the network will air most of the 64 matches, either live or on delay.
This year, the network spent more than two years negotiating for rights with the international soccer governing body FIFA and more than 30 broadcast entities, officials said.
Though soccer is the national pastime in many of the countries where U.S. troops serve overseas, AFN must seek permission for broadcast rights to air the games overseas every four years.
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