Eurovision Sport is proud to confirm that EBU Member broadcasters* will be bringing live coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ to fans across Europe, with over 1000 broadcast hours of live match programming from the tournament. This unprecedented coverage of the event, which kicks off on 7 June in Paris, represents a 5-times increase on the previous edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup™ in 2015.
In addition, Eurovision Sport will be offering an online service for audiences to complement the European television coverage. For the first time, fans will be able to access the platform and select the live match coverage they desire. They will then be either redirected to their national broadcaster, or able to access the content online, ensuring every minute of every game is available free-to-air.
With this extensive coverage available for fans, Europe’s Public Service Media** combines to put the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ and women’s football firmly in the spotlight, supporting FIFA’s strategy to grow participation, enhance the value and build the foundations of the women’s game. Together this broadcast offer means that millions of viewers across the whole of Europe will be able to experience all the goals, action and excitement of the tournament.
Pascal Fratellia, Head of Football, Eurovision Sport says “We are very proud to have secured such a high level of broadcast coverage through our Members for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™. It is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and one that millions of fans will want to be able to access and follow. Having every match available through television or online is an exciting proposition to be able to offer for this tournament.”
Stefan Kürten, Executive Director Eurovision Sport says “Ensuring the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ gets this level of media exposure, free-to-air, is at the core of Eurovision Sport’s values. We are committed to sport and to all the wider benefits it brings to individuals, communities and society and one important aspect of this is that we promote a gender balanced rights portfolio.
“We recognise that public service media is essential to Women’s sport, giving it the visibility it deserves in mainstream media and ensuring its place in the cultural fabric of society, inspiring future generations. The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is a flagship event in this regard.”
Eurovision Sport, operated by the European Broadcasting Union, has a contract with FIFA through to 2022, covering the broadcasting of 13 FIFA events in 38 territories over the next four years, including the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™, as well as other FIFA events. This complements the additional FIFA/Eurovision Sport agreement for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
(*) The 38 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine
(**) Broadcasters in UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia are among other European broadcasters to hold individual agreements.