ITV to show England v Uruguay and England v Costa Rica at 2014 World Cup
The BBC and ITV have confirmed the split of live matches for next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on 12 June, while the BBC start with Spain v Holland, a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final on 13 June.
The BBC will show England’s first Group D match against Italy. ITV will then show England's next two games, against Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The BBC will have first pick of the round of 16 and semi-finals, whilst ITV has first pick of the quarter-finals. Both ITV and BBC will show the final.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “The World Cup begins on ITV for UK viewers next year and we’re looking forward to showing live two of England’s three group matches as well as two of Brazil’s, including the tournament’s opening game between the hosts and Croatia in Sao Paulo.
"We will also broadcast the key match between two of Europe’s most fancied sides, Germany and Portugal, as well as a chance to gauge the form of the other South American heavyweights, Argentina, in two of their group matches.
"In addition, ITV will have first pick of the quarter-final matches as Brazil 2014 builds towards its climax.
"Viewers will also be able to watch all matches live online on itv.com which will also host a dedicated World Cup site offering comprehensive coverage in the build-up to and throughout what promises to be a special tournament in this most iconic of football countries."
How the group games are split between ITV and BBC:
Brazil v Croatia (2100 kick-off, ITV)
Mexico v Cameroon (1700, ITV)
Spain v Netherlands (2000, BBC)
Chile v Australia (2300, ITV)
Colombia v Greece (1700, BBC)
Uruguay v Costa Rica (2000, ITV)
England v Italy (2300, BBC)
Ivory Coast v Japan (0200, ITV)
Switzerland v Ecuador (1700, ITV)
France v Honduras (2000, BBC)
Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina (2300, BBC)
Germany v Portugal (1700, ITV)
Iran v Nigeria (2000, BBC)
Ghana v USA (2300, BBC)
Brazil v Mexico (2000, BBC)
Belgium v Algeria (1700, ITV)
Russia v South Korea (2300, BBC)
Cameroon v Croatia (2300, ITV)
Australia v Holland (1700, ITV)
Spain v Chile (2000, BBC)
Colombia v Ivory Coast (1700, BBC)
Japan v Greece (2300, BBC)
England v Uruguay (2000, ITV)
France v Switzerland (2000, ITV)
Italy v Costa Rica (1700, BBC)
Honduras v Ecuador (2300, ITV)
Germany v Ghana (2000, BBC)
Argentina v Iran (1700, ITV)
Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina (2300, BBC)
Belgium v Russia (1700, BBC)
USA v Portugal (2300, BBC)
South Korea v Algeria (2000, ITV)
Cameroon v Brazil (2100, ITV)
Croatia v Mexico (2100, ITV)
Australia v Spain (1700, ITV)
Holland v Chile (1700, ITV)
Japan v Colombia (2100, BBC)
Greece v Ivory Coast (2100, BBC)
England v Costa Rica (1700, ITV)
Uruguay v Italy (1700, ITV)
Ecuador v France (2100, BBC)
Honduras v Switzerland (2100, BBC)
Nigeria v Argentina (1700, ITV)
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran (1700, ITV)
South Korea v Belgium (2100, ITV)
Algeria v Russia (2100, ITV)
USA V Germany (1700, BBC)
Portugal v Ghana (1700, BBC)