The BBC has announced it will show all of England’s matches live on TV and online at the upcoming Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Under the terms of the agreement with the English Football Association, England’s three group matches against Mexico, New Zealand and Japan will be available live in the UK on the BBC website, on BBC Radio 5Live and via the channel’s interactive Red Button television service.
In addition, highlights of these matches will be available in the evenings of the matchdays and the final will be screened live on BBC Three on 17th July. Gabby Logan will present the matches on TV, accompanied by former England internationals Martin Keown and Jo Potter.
The BBC has been a long-term broadcaster of women’s soccer, having screened England’s matches at the 2007 World Cup and the FA Women’s Cup final until 2009, when first ITV, and then Sky Sports took over the rights to the tournament
“I’m absolutely delighted the BBC will be showing our games at the World Cup,” said England’s coach, Hope Powell. “They showed all our games in 2007 and that did so much to raise the profile of the England team and of women’s football in general. The team the BBC sent out to China were very professional and I thought they did an excellent job. I know they will do just as good a job this time around. We are thrilled to have them on board.”
The 2011 Women’s World Cup kicks off on 26th June in Germany with England among the favourites to win the title having suffered only one defeat in qualifying.