The Seven Network has announced that it has acquired the Australian free-to-air rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Taking place in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July – 20 August next year, the platform will deliver the games of the Matildas in every match of their World Cup campaign.
FIFA Women’s World Cup COO (Australia), Jane Fernandez, said: “FIFA are excited to welcome Seven as the Australian free-to-air broadcaster of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
“This tournament will truly be a defining moment in Australian sporting history, and the partnership with Seven ensures all fans in Australia will have the chance to see the biggest women’s sporting event in the world.
“Seven’s world-class coverage will bring women’s football in front of new and wide-ranging audiences and will play an integral role in making the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ accessible to every Australian.
“We are seeing unprecedented growth in women’s football globally and look forward to working with Seven as we go Beyond Greatness to deliver the biggest and best FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
Furthermore, a daily highlights programme will also be broadcast by Seven throughout the competition period, following an ‘extensive’ lead up programme.
“Seven has a long and proud history of supporting Australian athletes on the world stage and delivering an exceptional broadcast experience for fans, and we cannot wait to embark on another world-class international event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” added Seven’s Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin.
“We saw during Seven’s award-winning Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coverage that the Matildas are one of the most-loved sporting teams in the country, and we are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our rich story-telling capabilities to this incredible team of athletes.
“The Seven team is world-class when it comes to building the narrative and emotion around big cultural moments. Across the years, we have demonstrated the power of this across major sporting events like the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Rugby League World Cup and many more.”
As 32 nations compete across 64 matches for the highly-coveted title, the world’s largest women’s single-sport event will take place in nine host cities and 10 stadiums whilst marking the first time it has been played in two nations.
The opening ceremony and first match will take place at Eden Park in Auckland on 20 July, while the 20 August final will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney.