Sky Sports and BBC announce Women's Super League coverage plans

10 Aug 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Sky Sports and the BBC have announced which matches of the new Barclays FA Women’s Super League season will be screened live across their channels

The two broadcasters won the rights to show the league after a ‘groundbreaking’ new deal with The FA was announced earlier this year.

The new ‘multi-million pound’ deal will see Sky Sports show ‘at least’ 35 matches - possibly rising to as many as 44 - while the BBC will show 22 on free-to-air TV.

Sky Sports will show every Barclays FA Women’s Super League club in the opening five rounds of matches, beginning its coverage on 3rd September with Manchester United’s match against Reading before the opening weekend’s biggest clash between champions Chelsea and Arsenal on 5th September.

The BBC, meanwhile, will begin its coverage on Saturday 4th September when Everton’s Goodison Park clash with Manchester City will become the first domestic women’s league game to be shown on network television. The match, to be shown on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, is the first of five games selected by the BBC to be broadcast in September and October. It will also be supplemented by the return of the popular Women’s Football Show, a highlights show after each round of matches running in its Sunday night slot.

Sky Sports’ coverage, meanwhile, will be shown across Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports football, alongside the broadcaster’s coverage of Premier League and Bundesliga football during the 2021/22 season.

“We’re thrilled to be showing the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for the first time on Sky Sports this season,” said Gary Hughes, Director of Football, Sky Sports.

“Each of the 12 competing teams will be live on Sky in the opening five rounds of matches, so we have a very exciting few weeks ahead, and we can’t wait to get started.

“It’s going to be a season to remember, as Sky Sports broadcasts the best of the WSL in addition to the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership, Bundesliga and international matches. In all, Sky Sports will broadcast over 500 live football matches this season.”