The BBC will broadcast live coverage of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup as part of new deal which will see extensive coverage across all of its platforms of the 2019 tournament in France.
Extensive coverage of every game from the competition will be provided across TV, radio and online, while fans will also be able to watch live action from selected qualification matches following the home nations in their quest to appear on the world stage at France 2019.
The announcement follows on from the huge success of the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, which saw England’s Lionesses reach the semi-finals.
With an impressive peak TV audience of 2.4 million late into the night for England’s game against Japan, the tournament reached more than 12 million people on TV alone, unprecedented figures for women’s football in the UK.
The success of the BBC’s women’s football coverage prompted Channel 4 to take an interest in the sport after it snatched the rights from the corporation to this summer’s European Championships in the Netherlands, where they will screen live coverage of all England and Scotland matches as well as selected knockout games.
Despite no TV coverage of Women’s Euro 2017, the BBC will continue to screen regular women’s football coverage throughout 2017.
Women’s Super League highlights will continue to be shown on The Women’s Football Show on BBC Two, bringing action of the all new WSL Spring Series from April and the WSL season from September.
In addition, the Women’s FA Cup Final will also be live on BBC TV in May in a deal that runs up to and including 2021.
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater says: “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 said: “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.”