BT Sport has retained its Emirates FA Cup rights until 2021 after reaching an agreement with the FA to extend its coverage of the competition for another three years.   

The Football Association has today confirmed the extension in a joint announcement which will see the most famous cup club competition in world football continue its strong coverage across the BBC and BT Sport. 

Fans will be able to stay up to date with all the drama and action across TV, radio and digital platforms available to them anytime anywhere.  

BT Sport will broadcast more FA Cup matches than ever from 2018/19, when it will show an extra live match in rounds one to five of the competition, covering up to 30 matches exclusively live each year.

From next season, fans will be able to enjoy enhanced FA Cup coverage in Ultra HD and on the innovative BT Sport app, with its market-leading functionality that has been one of the hallmarks of its exclusive UEFA Champions League coverage this season.

BT Sport will also continue as the home of FA Development football, covering England U17, U19 and U21 matches exclusively live on BT Sport.

The new deal will also see an enhanced commitment to women’s football.

BT Sport will remain the exclusive live broadcaster of The FA Women’s Super League and from 2018 will show both Women’s FA Cup semi-finals, the Women’s FA Cup Final and England Senior Women’s home friendlies.

"The FA Cup is a fantastic competition which is loved the world over, and we are delighted to be extending our partnership with the FA," said Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport.

"We will continue to support the FA with more live matches and ground-breaking Ultra HD and digital coverage. BT Sport audiences are up nearly 50% this season which demonstrates how popular our coverage has become with sports fans.

"We’re proud to be the only place to follow all the best football competitions: The FA Cup, Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.”   

Martin Glenn, FA chief executive, added: "The FA Cup is a competition loved not only in this country but throughout the world, as demand for broadcast rights globally highlight.

“We are excited to continue this association and look forward to sharing new ideas and breaking new ground in the coming years in the world’s oldest and most loved domestic cup competition.”