Australian broadcaster SBS has acquired the free-to-air rights to the 2017/18 W-League, the top tier of women’s club soccer in Australia.
The deal – which SBS struck with the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and its rights partner, pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports – will run from 27th October until its Grand Final in February 2018.
Digital channel SBS Viceland will broadcast up to two W-League games each week, plus the semi-finals and grand final live, free and in HD.
In addition to the domestic action, SBS and SBS Viceland will broadcast Australia’s women’s national team’s, The Matildas, two friendly fixtures against China friendlies on 22nd and 26th November in Geelong and Melbourne respectively.
“We’re proud that women’s football has been in the schedule at SBS for over a decade, and we’re pleased to be partnering with FFA and Fox Sports to bring more of these first class games to all Australians," said Ken Shipp, director of sport at SBS. “The Matildas are in brilliant form right now and SBS is excited to continue our support of this world class team in the lead up to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France.
“SBS is incredibly passionate about our football heritage – we have been in the business of broadcasting ‘the beautiful game’ for over 30 years and we believe it is a sport that truly reflects our unique Charter by connecting Australia’s diverse communities.”