How to watch the 2023 Women’s World Cup on TV in the UK and US

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Gabby Logan will lead BBC coverage

The BBC and ITV have announced their line-ups for coverage of the Women’s World Cup, with well-known big names such as Gabby Logan, Alex Scott and Laura Woods joined by lesser-known stars such as Spain’s Vicky Losada.

With the tournament task location in Australia and New Zealand, and across four separate time zones, there will be a confusing mix of kick-off times. But, with an eye on the American market, the United States won two of the first kick-offs, both at Eden Park Auckland, which will take place at 6 p.m. (the day before) on the West Coast of the United States and at 9 p.m. on the east coast.

But for UK audiences, the timings will mean early kick-offs. For more on the BBC and ITV teams and how Telegraph Sport think they will approach the tournament, go here.

How to watch in the UK

The BBC and ITV have submitted a joint bid and will share coverage of the games, with ITV showing two of the group games, the BBC one while the knockout matches will be split at a later date. Both broadcasters will broadcast the final.

All 64 matches will be broadcast on the BBC Network, on ITV and ITV 4. The BBC has also won the live radio rights and will broadcast commentary on the BBC. Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra.

Saturday July 22
England vs Haiti, 10.30am BST, TVI

friday july 28
England vs Denmark, 9:30 a.m. BBC

Tuesday, August 1
China v England, midday TVI

The final, the Sunday August 20 starts at 11am in the UK.

BBC coverage will be presented by Gabby Logan, Alex Scott and Reshmin Chowdhury. Experts include Euro 2022 winner Ellen White, former Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and England’s most capped player Fara Williams

Alex Scott

The BBC and ITV will share coverage of the tournament – Alex Davidson/Getty Images

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How to watch in the US

Fox has the English rights to the World Cup for the third consecutive tournament and will show the games on Fox and FS1 while Peacock, Telemundo and Universo will show the games in Spanish.

Fox announced that its studio team includes Carli Lloyd, Karina Leblanc, Alexi Lalas, Ariana Hingst, Kate Gill, Stuart Holden and Heather O’Reilly while commentators include JP Dellacamera and Jacqui Oatley.

friday july 21
United States vs. Vietnam, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. Pacific

Wednesday July 26
United States vs. Netherlands, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. Pacific

Tuesday, August 1
Portugal vs. United States, 3 a.m. ET, midnight Pacific

The final, if they qualify for the fourth consecutive World Cup, is on Sunday August 20kick off at 6 a.m. ET, 3 a.m. Pacific.

Women’s World Cup TV coverage: Former theater player vs. new kid on the block

By Alan Tyers

The BBC is well familiar with televising women’s international tournaments, but ITV is making its Women’s World Cup debut. Both have now named their teams for the competition: here’s what we can expect to see over the next few weeks.

The singers

The BBC has announced Gabby Logan and Reshmin Chowdhury as its main hosts, alongside Alex Scott, whose role continues to grow from star pundit to full-fledged anchor. The ITV mainstay will be Laura Woods, supported by Seema Jaswal and Michelle Owen. It’s hard to argue with one of these six excellent broadcasters.

Logan is a superb generalist, while Woods is more “football” and is the thing to come by introducing him; she is set to be announced as the host of TNT’s Champions League coverage now that she has replaced BT.

England expects experts

ITV and the BBC have ample access to current and recently retired England players, with Ellen White, Steph Houghton, Fara Williams, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Anita Asante and Karen Bardsley all providing analysis and information for the BBC. Highly watched Frenchwoman Laura Georges, as well as reliable Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall, are also implicated.

ITV’s Wise Women will be Jill Scott, Eni Aluko, Karen Carney, Emma Hayes, Fran Kirby and Lucy Ward. There is also a cosmopolitan touch to the mix with Irish Emma Byrne, Spaniard Vicky Losada and Scottish Jen Beattie.

While no one can fault the BBC gang’s football CVs, ITV might reasonably think they have the edge here. As an analyst, Hayes has few rivals in the men’s or women’s game, and Jill Scott is the pick on personality and recognizability beyond the sport.

Laura Wood to direct ITV coverage

Laura Wood to direct ITV coverage

At the microphones

Brown-Finnis and Bardsley will also co-commentate for the BBC, where they will join commentators Robyn Cowen, Jonathan Pearce, Vicki Sparks, Connor McNamara and Steven Wyeth. The ITV games will be called by Seb Hutchinson, Sam Matterface, Pien Meulensteen and Tom Gayle. It will be interesting to see if the top-notch Meulensteen gets the bigger assignments or if Matterface is given the green light.

Who has which games?

ITV and the BBC will split group matches with 24 each. It should be noted that launch times vary considerably, to adapt to the requirements of major television markets.

England have every chance of making it out of the group and the BBC have the first choice of the last 16 matches, so it’s safe to say that England will play their first knockout tie on the Beeb. ITV has the first choice of quarters; Auntie has both semi-finals. ITV has the third-place game, which hopefully won’t feature England, and the two broadcasters will each televise the final.

Added value?

Gianni Infantino, with the brass neck we’ve come to expect from Fifa greats, has shamed national broadcasters around the world for not wanting to pay more for the rights. He said: “Broadcasters are paying $100-200m for the Men’s World Cup, they’re only offering $1-10m for the Women’s World Cup. This is a slap in the face to all the great players of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and to all the women in the world.

Given that 17.4 million people watched England beat Germany in the Euro final last year, this tournament could represent one of the broadcast bargains of the century.

TV rights controversy

Fifa’s decision to unbundle broadcast rights for the Women’s World Cup from the men’s tournament for the first time has sparked a bitter confrontation between the governing body and Europe’s ‘big five’ markets – UK, Germany, France , Italy and Spain.

Since programming in the southern hemisphere precludes any hope of a primetime kickoff, initial offers were low, as little as one percent of offers for men’s rights, causing Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, to call a “slap” to the players and to “all the women of the world”.

After a long row in the winter that turned into the spring, Infantino took the doomsday option, threatening a media blackout for Europe’s traditional financial powers. “It is our moral and legal obligation not to undersell the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” he said. “Therefore, if the offers continue to be unfair, we will be forced not to broadcast the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the ‘big five’ European countries.”

After six weeks of negotiations and rhetoric, a compromise was found and an agreement announced with the “big five” on June 15.

In the United States, long-standing agreements regarding English and Spanish rights had been simpler.

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