Gabby Logan, Alex Scott, Reshmin Chowdhury, Eilidh Barbour, Kelly Somers, Jo Currie, Thomas Kane, Nicola McCarthy.
Fara Williams, Ian Wright, Kelly Smith, Anita Asante, Izzy Christiansen, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Sue Smith, Caragh Hamilton, Gail Redmond, Laura Georges, Jonas Eidevall, Vicky Losada, Anouk Hoogendijk, Scott Booth,
Robyn Cowen and Vicki Sparks.
ALL EURO 2022 GAMES WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST ON THE BBC IPLAYER AND BBC SPORT ONLINE/APP
Laura Woods has been confirmed at the host of ITV’s coverage of England women’s senior team’s tournament qualifiers and friendlies.
ITV have struck a four-year deal to show the Lionesses’ bid to reach both the World Cup and Euros as well as friendly games which will be shown across ITV, ITV 4 and ITV Hub from this Friday.
It adds to a busy schedule for the award-winning Woods who will also continue to present on TalkSPORT, Sky Sports and DAZN’s boxing coverage.
ITV have confirmed their coverage of England Women will also feature Ian Wright, Eni Aluko and Emma Hayes. See Hutchinson, who has joined Sky’s Premier League and Women’s Super League coverage this season, will be the commentator.
England v North Macedonia is at 6.15pm on Friday, September 17 on ITV 4 with Luxembourg v England at 6.45pm on Tuesday, September 21.
Top women’s football action will be shown regularly on free-to-air UK TV after the FA Women’s Super League sealed a breakthrough deal with the BBC and Sky.
The BBC will show at least 18 games a season live on BBC One and BBC Two in what the corporation hailed as an “historic” deal. The BBC already shows live WSL games, but usually only through the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and the BBC red button service.
The new arrangements will also see Sky Sports show at least 35 live matches a season taking over from BT Sport which currently holds the rights. Sky will get the top picks of each round of fixtures, showing two games each weekend.
Officials in the women’s game believe the three-year deal could have a huge impact in raising the profile of the league after crucially securing matches on the BBC’s two major channels rather than just the previous digital and subscription-only offering. Sky are expected to throw significant resources at promoting their coverage as well and “selling” the women’s game to its football audiences in a further boost.
Sky Sports boss Rob Webster said: “Our goal is to bring our customers more of what they love and we are certain the WSL will be a success with our football-hungry viewers.”
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “This is fantastic news for sports fans and for women’s football. We are delighted to offer the WSL a free-to-air platform to ensure the sport, and the players, connect with the widest possible audience.”
Football Association officials described the deal as “game changing”. The new arrangements start when next season gets underway in September.
HOW THE DEAL BREAKS DOWN
– at least 18 LIVE matches a season on BBC One and BBC Two with a further four on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button (the BBC One/Two games will also be on BBC Sport online and iPlayer).
– highlights and goals from all games across The Women’s Football Show, BBC Sport online and social channels.
– at least 35 games LIVE a season – with up to 44 potentially being shown.
– Sky promising the “full Sky Sports treatment with lengthy build-ups and reaction to all live matches, plus daily news across Sky Sports News and digital platforms.”
– Games will be shown across Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
– Some games will be simulcast for non-sports subscribers across Sky One and Sky Sports Mix.
The new season of the FA Women’s Super League kicks off on Saturday (September 7).
After record-breaking TV audiences for England’s exploits in the World Cup, interest in the women’s top division is expected to be high.
For the first time every game will be available live through BT Sport, BBC Sport and the new FA Player.
The FA Player will be free and available online or via a special mobile app. It will screen every FAWSL game as well as a live game from each round of the FA Women’s Championship as well.
BT Sport and BBC Sport will also screen over 30 games live. BT will have regular matches on its TV channels (as well as online and via its app). BBC Sport will also screen live games on its red button, I-Player and BBC Sport app services. It could screen the climax on the season on its TV channels as well.
The season kicks off with the Etihad hosting Man City v Man United, live on BT Sport, on Saturday (September 7).
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE OPENING WEEKEND
Saturday September 7
3pm Man City v Man United
FAWSL BT Sport 1
Sunday September 8
12.30pm Chelsea Women v Spurs Women
FAWSL BBC Sport online/app/BBC red button/FA Player
2pm Birmingham Women v Everton Ladies
FAWSL FA Player
2pm Liverpool Women v Reading FC Women
FAWSL FA Player
2.30pm Arsenal Women v West Ham Women
FAWSL BT Sport 1
3pm Bristol City Women v Brighton Women
FAWSL FA Player
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