BT Sport has bolstered its ‘summer of sport’ line-up by confirming that it will broadcast the remaining knockout stages of the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
The agreement sees the UK pay television sports broadcaster air three of the four quarter final match-ups while also providing coverage for the semi-final and the August 30 final.
Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, stated: “Our August festival of European football has just got better with the addition of the UEFA Women’s Champions League to our exciting line-up of live sport. The addition of elite women’s club football supports BT’s commitment to inspire more women and girls to get involved in football both on and off the pitch.”
BT Sport’s quarter-final coverage will begin on August 21 as Atletico Madrid take on last year’s European finalists, Barcelona. The fixture will feature pre-match and post-match analysis and will be conducted in the broadcaster’s London studio with women’s football presenter, Clare Balding, hosting alongside a variety of special guests.
Due to the global health pandemic, all matches have been moved to Spain with the knockout games being split between Atletico Bilbao’s San Mamés ground and Real Sociedad’s Anoeta Stadium.
The only fixture that BT Sport will be unable to air will be the Quarter final match-up between Glasgow City and Wolfsburg as BBC Alba, the Gaelic-language channel BBC Scotland, already holds rights for the fixture.
With the announcement, BT Sport now has access to both UEFA Champions League tournaments as well as the UEFA Europa League, with all three competitions concluding this month.
According to the broadcaster, the acquisition of the UEFA Women’s Champions League highlights its commitment to ‘inspire a new generation of girls and women to participate in football’ by providing more women’s football to its customers.
BT Sport has also revealed that it will soon launch its new series Ultimate Goal, which will capture the journey of 28 women competing for the chance to take part in a one-off match in front of scouts from women’s teams around the world.