ABC has confirmed a deal with Football Federation Australia and FOX Sports that sees it become the official Free-to-Air Television Broadcaster partner of the A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas for the next two years.
This will be the first time that the A-League will be broadcast on the ABC and also marks a return of the W-League.
Under the new agreement, 29 live matches will be broadcast on ABC TV and iview (5pm on Saturdays) throughout the A-League 2019/20 Season and, for the A-League 2020 Finals Series, delayed broadcasts of one Elimination Final, one Semi Final and the A-League 2020 Grand Final. Fourteen (14) Rounds of the W-League 2019/20 Season (4pm on Sundays) and the entire W-League 2020 Finals Series will also be broadcast live on ABC TV.
The ABC will also broadcast every Socceroos match to which FOX Sports carries rights.
The ABC’s Director of Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Australian football into the ABC family.
“The ABC has unrivalled reach into every corner of Australia, and we will be using that reach to help build the profile of football. We plan to use all our platforms to drive audiences to our coverage on ABC TV.”
“We have always been a big supporter of women’s sport in this country and will use every means possible to build the biggest audience we can for the W-League.”
The upcoming Matildas international friendlies against Chile at Bankwest Stadium (Saturday 9 November) and Coopers Stadium (Tuesday 12 November) will be broadcast live on ABC along with next year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Asian Qualifiers.