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BBC announces FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup coverage plans


As England prepare for FIFA World Cup 2023, the BBC is set to bring fans 24/7 access to all the action, analysis and entertainment across TV, iPlayer, Radio, Sounds and Online.

With 33 live games on BBC TV and iPlayer, alongside coverage of the key games on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds, football fans can enjoy the Australia & New Zealand Women’s World Cup wherever they are.

Alongside live match coverage, the BBC will also present an expansive offering of daily highlights, podcasts and other content throughout the tournament.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “Having shown every Women’s World Cup on the BBC since 1999, we were very happy to extend our partnership with FIFA for the 2023 tournament in Australia & New Zealand. The growth of the women’s game has been extraordinary, demonstrated by the vast numbers who watched our coverage of the Euros last year.

“United across television, radio and online, the BBC is now preparing to deliver fans an unrivalled package of live match coverage, highlights, analysis and digital content. Fans can enjoy exclusive live coverage of England’s crucial group game against Denmark, the key Round of 16 games and both World Cup Semi-Finals. The matches will be brought to you by an outstanding squad of the best presenters, experts and ex-players, including a number of legendary Lionesses.”

Gabby Logan, Reshmin Chowdhury and Alex Scott will lead BBC coverage across TV and iPlayer, while Juliette Ferrington and Vicki Sparks lead BBC Radio 5 Live’s team in Australia.

BBC Sport’s coverage will host a mix of current and former greats of the English game.

Euro 2022 winner Ellen White, former Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and England’s most-capped player, Fara Williams, will all provide expert analysis throughout the tournament. With over 230 caps between them, England legends Rachel Brown-Finnis, Anita Asante and Karen Bardsley will also return to the BBC’s live coverage of international football.

The former Lionesses will be joined by France great Laura Georges, Arsenal Head Coach Jonas Eidevall and Lewes Head Coach Scott Booth.

Leading the commentary across all platforms are Robyn Cowen, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Jonathan Pearce, Vicki Sparks and Karen Bardsley. Other members of the team include Connor McNamara and Steven Wyeth.

Jo Currie (TV), Juliette Ferrington (Radio) and Emma Sanders (BBC Sport Online) will lead as England camp reporters.

For Sports News, correspondents Katie Gornall and Jane Dougall will be covering England, as well as the picks of other key fixtures. Viewers can keep across the latest World Cup news updates via Sportsday on the BBC News Channel, as well as within reports and news bulletins on BBC One’s BBC Breakfast, News at One, News at Six and News at Ten programmes.

The tournament kicks-off with live coverage of host nation New Zealand facing Norway in Auckland at 8.00am on 20 July.

England’s crucial second group stage game against Denmark (9.30am, 28 July) will also be live on the BBC and, with first pick of the Round of 16 stage, the BBC will broadcast live coverage of England’s first knockout game if they make it past the group stages.

Later in the tournament, the BBC is the only place you can watch both semi-finals, plus the World Cup Final on Sunday, 20 August live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds will provide live commentary of every England game, as well as Republic of Ireland’s matches against Australia and Canada and other key matches throughout the tournament alongside a host of podcasts On BBC Sounds and full coverage across the BBC’s website and social media.




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