BBC One will broadcast live coverage of the 2018 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea from Wembley on Saturday, 5 May.
A repeat of the 2016 final when Danielle Carter’s goal saw the Gunners win 1-0, the 2018 edition of the showpiece of English women’s club football is set be the biggest yet with more than 40,000 tickets sold, a potential competition-record crowd, as well as primetime BBC One coverage for the first time with the match kicking off at 5.30pm.
Chelsea are appearing in their third final in four seasons after beating Manchester City in the semi-finals and keeping dreams of a treble alive. They had Fran Kirby to thank after a fantastic double ensured they would be heading to Wembley.
14-time winners Arsenal secured their place thanks to a last minute winner by Louise Quinn against Everton.
The final is being held at Wembley for the fourth straight year and in 2017 the trophy was lifted by Manchester City for the first time in a 4-1 victory over Birmingham City.
The 2018 final will be shown live on BBC One with the channel clearing its Saturday early-evening schedule for the match, with coverage presented by Gabby Logan starting at 5.10pm. She will be joined for studio analysis by Alex Scott and Rachel Brown-Finnis.
Match commentary comes from Jonathan Pearce and Sue Smith, while reporter Eilidh Barbour will be pitchside with all the pre and post-match interviews.
In addition to live TV coverage, the match will also be streamed live online via the BBC Sport website and app.
The BBC covered both Women’s FA Cup semi-final on network TV for the first time in April, while from next season they will share coverage of the latter stages of the competition with BT Sport, under their new broadcast deal with the FA which also includes the men’s FA Cup.
The competition forms part of the BBC’s extensive coverage of women’s football, which includes regular live matches and weekly highlights from the FA Women’s Super League in The Women’s Football Show on BBC One, as well as live coverage of Women’s World Cup qualifiers, featuring England, Wales and Scotland.
SATURDAY 5th MAY
ARSENAL WOMEN v CHELSEA LADIES