BBC and ITV agree Women’s World Cup deal

With just five weeks remaining until the tournament gets underway in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and ITV have confirmed that they have agreed a television deal that will see all 64 Women’s World Cup matches broadcast live in the UK.

It is understood that broadcasters were initially reluctant to pay the hefty fees being demanded by FIFA, as concerns were raised over viewership due to the time zone difference between the UK and Australia & New Zealand. This led to FIFA’s President, Gianni Infantino, threatening a blackout in countries unwilling to meet the asking price.

Every match will be broadcast live across either the BBC or ITV – though both channels will air independent coverage of the final, which is set to take place on 20 August. England’s campaign kicks off on 22 July, as the Lionesses prepare to face Haiti in Brisbane. Sarina Wiegman’s side will look to build upon last summer’s EURO success, and add another trophy to the cabinet after defeating Brazil in the inaugural Women’s Finalissima.

For those who will be unable to keep up-to-date with live coverage, both broadcasters will make every game available to watch via their respective streaming platforms. Alternatively, we’ll be bringing you the latest stories from the tournament – with match reports published swiftly after the final whistle.

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