BBC secures women’s world cup rights

06 Mar 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

The BBC has acquired the rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, taking place in France, with coverage of every game broadcast across TV, radio and online.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, the announcement also follows on from the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 tournament in Canada, which saw England’s Lionesses reach the semi-finals, hitting a peak TV audience of 2.4 million late into the night for England’s game against Japan. According to the broadcaster, the tournament reached more than 12 million people on TV alone.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 adds to the BBC’s commitment to women’s football which includes regular programming across our TV, radio and digital services, as well as live broadcast of England Women’s three matches at the on-going SheBelieves Cup.

Fans will also be able to watch selected live qualification matches later in the year.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “We’re delighted that the BBC will bring the biggest tournament in women's football to the widest possible audience. Women's football has grown significantly over the last few years and we are proud of the contribution we have made. France 2019 promises to be another fantastic showcase for the sport."

FIFA’s secretary general Fatma Samoura added: “The seventh edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 reached record-breaking numbers of TV viewers and social media clicks, underlining global interest in the world’s biggest single-sport event for women. As excitement grows around the eighth edition of the competition, we are delighted to work with the BBC to broadcast the ultimate event in women’s football to even greater audiences in the UK via the BBC’s TV, radio and digital platforms.”

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