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BT Sport will continue to show FA Cup action until at least 2021, the Football Association has confirmed.

The rights to broadcast action from the competition will be shared with the BBC, while BT Sport will show more FA Cup matches than ever before from 2018-19.

Indeed, up to 30 matches will be covered exclusively on the channel every year, including an extra live match from the first five rounds of the tournament.

BT Sport also aims to offer enhanced coverage in Ultra HD and on its app, which it believes offers "innovative" and "market-leading" functionality.

Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, commented: "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. 

"BT Sport audiences are up nearly 50 per cent this season, which demonstrates how popular our coverage has become with sports fans."

Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the FA, added that the FA Cup has enjoyed record viewing figures this year, with seven million people watching Tottenham and Leicester City's third-round tie earlier this season.

This, he said, outstripped all viewing figures for club matches in England, in both domestic and European competitions.

"It is a competition loved not only in this country but throughout the world, as demand for broadcast rights globally highlight," Mr Glenn commented.

BT Sport has also confirmed it will continue to throw its weight behind women's football in the next few years.

For instance, it plans to invest in grassroots women's football in partnership with the FA, while it will remain the only broadcaster that covers the FA Women's Super League.

Furthermore, BT Sport will show the two Women's FA Cup semi-finals exclusively live, along with the Women’s FA Cup Final and England Senior Women’s home friendlies.

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