Scotland and Northern Ireland’s forthcoming crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers will be made free-to-air on UK television.
On November 12, fans will be able to watch for free as Scotland look to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time since 1998, while Northern Ireland look to repeat their qualification for Euro 2016 – their first major tournament for 30 years.
Scotland travel to Serbia and Northern Ireland host Slovakia.
Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia will be broadcasted on free-to-air TV
Northern Ireland’s respective qualifier at home to Slovakia will also be shown for free
‘We know how significant these fixtures could be for fans of Scotland and Northern Ireland,’ said Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster.
‘With two sides on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament, we felt it was the right moment in these exceptional and unique circumstances to make the games more widely available.
‘Sky Sports is a proud partner to many sports, both in the UK and around the world, and we have strived to stand alongside sport in unprecedented circumstances this year.’
Sky Sports will be showing the matches as both sides look to reach next summer’s tournament
Steve Clarke’s Scots reached this stage thanks to a penalty shootout win over Isreal, while Northern Ireland also required spot-kicks to get past Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The match being available on free-to-air television will be a comfort to Scotland and Northern Ireland supporters as fans of some Premier League teams fork out £14.95 in order to watch their match this weekend.
The pay-per-view service for England’s top-flight is expected to be discontinued after the international break with the football authorities seeking other means to broadcast the games.