06 December 2021

Football: BBC secures rights to FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

March 7, 2017

If like us, you were gripped to the screen during the last Women’s World Cup, you’ll remember that England finished third and earned legions of new fans. This was a turning point for the profile of the women’s game in the UK, thanks in part to the great coverage the BBC gave the tournament. So it’s great news that the BBC  have secured the rights to the next event in 2019, in France.

The BBC’s latest rights acquisition will see them capture all the drama and excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – broadcasting extensive coverage of every game across TV, radio and online.

Ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), the announcement follows on from the huge success of the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 tournament in Canada which reached an impressive peak TV audience of 2.4 million late into the night for England’s game against Japan. The tournament reached more than 12 million people on TV alone, unprecedented figures for women’s football in the UK.

Fans will also be able to watch live selected qualification matches later in the year, following the home nations in their quest to appear on the world stage at France 2019.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 adds to the BBC’s impressive commitment to women’s football which includes regular programming across TV, radio and digital services. This year BBC audiences will have access to continued women’s football TV coverage with the Women’s Football Show on BBC Two bringing highlights of the all new WSL Spring Series from April and the WSL season from September.

On BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra there will be live commentaries from the WSL Spring Series and the new WSL season while the Women’s FA Cup Final will also be live across BBC TV and radio in May in a deal that runs up to and including 2021.

The Women’s Sports Magazine


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