UK broadcasters have AGREED a deal with FIFA to televise the women’s World Cup in July after a ‘major breakthrough’ with the governing body – with BBC and ITV likely to share coverage of the tournament
- FIFA have agreed a deal with UK broadcasters to televise the women’s World Cup
- An agreement had yet to be made six months out from the competition in July
- Sources have told Sportsmail there has been a ‘major breakthrough’ with FIFA
- BBC and ITV are set to share the coverage as they did with the men’s tournament
- UK viewers will have to watch at night, with it held in Australia and New Zealand
A deal has been agreed to televise the women’s World Cup in the UK, following an apparent climbdown from FIFA.
With less than six months to go before the start of the tournament, an agreement remained outstanding.
However, sources have now disclosed that there has been a ‘major breakthrough’, with a deal set to be confirmed and announced in the near future and the event to be shown on terrestrial television.
UK broadcasters have agreed a deal with FIFA to televise the women’s World Cup this summer
Sources revealed there has been a ‘major breakthrough’ with FIFA and chief Gianni Infantino
As with the men’s World Cup, a share between ITV and BBC is likely.
It is understood that FIFA were originally seeking a figure close to that paid out to UEFA for the women’s Euros.
However, broadcasters pointed out that, as the tournament is being held in Australia and New Zealand, some of the kick-off times would be when much of the UK was in bed or at work.
England and Leah Williamson (above) will aim to win it all after their Euro 2022 victory last year
FIFA were originally looking for a figure close to that paid out to UEFA for the women’s Euros
Now there has been a breakthrough with insiders saying that FIFA have ‘listened to reason’.
The FA will be pleased by the development as they seek to build on the back of the Lionesses’ success at the Euros.
England start in Brisbane on July 22 with a 9.30am start and then play Denmark in Sydney at 7.30am. Defending champions USA start both their games at midnight GMT.
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