Optus Sport lands rights to FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Optus Sport will stream all 64 World Cup matches, played in Australia / NZ, live in 2023.
Optus Sport has announced it will broadcast all 64 games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 live and on demand.
Details around co-broadcast key matches on free-to-air television are yet to be announced.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, one of the biggest sporting events in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. It will feature 32 teams, with the first match kicking off at Auckland’s Eden Park on 20 July 2023, and concluding with the final played at Sydney’s Stadium Australia.
Optus Chief Executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said, “We are delighted to not only support the most exciting women’s sporting event in the world, hosted right here on our home soil, but also to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to growing women’s sport in this country.
“This is truly a unique opportunity for Australians to stand behind our world leading Matildas and enjoy every action-packed moment of the tournament.”
Optus Sport, which has 880,000 active subscribers, will stream all 64 World Cup matches live and produce programming, highlights and other digital content.
Optus Vice President TV, Content and Product Development, Clive Dickens, said, “We have built an unparalleled pedigree in enhancing and supporting women’s football and building unique customer relationships with football fans, from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France to being amongst the first broadcasters of the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League, to recently securing the exclusive rights to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 in England.”
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 represents a huge opportunity to help drive growth and visibility of women’s football in Australia and deliver football fans the best-ever coverage.
“We are committed to changing the future children see and the importance of promoting women in sport to drive that change. It is a privilege, and an endorsement of our credentials by FIFA, to be awarded the rights to showcase this monumental event.”
Sarai Bareman, Chief Women’s Football Officer, FIFA said, “FIFA is excited to welcome Optus Sport as our official broadcaster of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 for Australia. Optus has shown a strong commitment to broadcasting women’s football and this deal will provide unprecedented coverage in Australia for the tournament, as well as bringing women’s football to more fans and new audiences. We look forward to working with Optus to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to accelerate the growth of the women’s game in Australia in the lead up to 2023.”
One of Australia’s most capped representative football players and ex-Matilda Heather Garriock said, “The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is not just a football tournament, it’s one of the world’s biggest events and to host it in Australia and New Zealand is a dream come true. Young boys and girls, mums and dads will get the chance to see their role models – the Matildas – who are amongst the best players in the world.”
Optus will provide further details of its broadcast plans, commentary team and other innovations relating to the tournament closer to the event including plans to co-broadcast key matches on free-to-air television – including all Matildas matches.
Optus Sport customers will be able to access:
· All 64 games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 live and on demand
· Preview and review shows produced and delivered live by Optus Sport
· All games available for streaming to home TVs or on-the-go on devices through the Optus Sport app.
Optus Sport also screens UEFA Euro 2020 which starts on Saturday, June 12 and the Copa América 2021, which begins Monday June 14.
The 9 Host Cities and 10 stadiums for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 are:
· Adelaide – Hindmarsh Stadium
· Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau – Eden Park
· Brisbane – Brisbane Stadium
· Dunedin / Ōtepoti – Dunedin Stadium
· Hamilton / Kirikiriroa – Waikato Stadium
· Melbourne – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
· Perth – Perth Rectangular Stadium
· Sydney – Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
· Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington Stadium