The BBC Unveil Their Plans For Their FIFA Women’s World Cup Coverage

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As England prepare for FIFA World Cup 2023, the BBC have shared their plans for their 24/7 coverage, including all the action, analysis and entertainment across TV, iPlayer, Radio, Sounds and Online. We have less than ten days to wait!

With 33 live games on BBC TV and iPlayer, alongside coverage of the key games on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds, football fans can enjoy the Australia & New Zealand Women’s World Cup wherever they are. Alongside live match coverage, the BBC will also present an expansive offering of daily highlights, podcasts and other content throughout the tournament.

Gabby Logan, Reshmin Chowdhury and Alex Scott, who will also work as a pundit, will lead BBC coverage across TV and iPlayer, while Juliette Ferrington and Vicki Sparks lead BBC Radio 5 Live’s team in Australia.

Alex Scott. Photo: BBC

BBC Sport coverage will host a mix of current and former greats of the English game.

Euro 2022 winner Ellen White, former Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and England’s most-capped player, Fara Williams, will all provide expert analysis throughout the tournament. With over 230 caps between them, England legends Rachel Brown-Finnis, Anita Asante and Karen Bardsley will also return to the BBC’s live coverage of international football.

Our Lionesses will be joined by France great Laura Georges, Arsenal Head Coach Jonas Eidevall and Lewes Head Coach Scott Booth.

Leading the commentary across all platforms are Robyn Cowen, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Jonathan Pearce, Vicki Sparks and Karen Bardsley. Other members of the team include Connor McNamara and Steven Wyeth.

Jo Currie (TV), Juliette Ferrington (Radio) and Emma Sanders (BBC Sport Online) will lead as England camp reporters.

For Sports News, correspondents Katie Gornall and Jane Dougall will be covering England, as well as the picks of other key fixtures. Viewers can keep across the latest World Cup news updates via Sportsday on the BBC News Channel, as well as within reports and news bulletins on BBC One’s BBC Breakfast, News at One, News at Six and News at Ten programmes.

I think the dark horses are France. They’ve underachieved in many previous tournaments, but perhaps in acquiring an experienced international manager in Herve Renard, they will feel that this is their time.

Anita Asante

I am most pleased to see Brown-Finnis on the panel. She is a breath of fresh air when it comes to football punditry. She is knowledgeable in relation to goalmouth action as she can see it from an offensive and defensive perspective. Plus, only a goalkeeper can really pass comments on goalkeeping-related topics, so it’s great to see Bardsley on board too.

Rachel Brown-Finnis. Photo: BBC

Would I have liked to have seen a bit more male representation? yes. Do I mind one bit that there isn’t more? Nope, not at all, because it is such a knowledgeable bunch of players who know the women’s game inside out. I’d have hated to have seen token males with a minimal understanding of the women’s game.

“On her day, there are very few better. She will be pivotal for England in this tournament. If England do go far, as I back them to, I think she could stand out as a star of the World Cup.”

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While Ellen White has full confidence in the Lionesses, despite the big names missing through injury. “For this tournament, we know what it feels like to win. We won the Euros and so we know what that takes and what it looks like. I know the team looks a little bit different from the Euros win, but I feel like this team still has that experience of winning. It’s really exciting for them and a different challenge, but I’m backing them all the way.”

The full list of televised group stage matches, including ITV’s coverage, is:

Date KO (GMT)Match  Location Broadcaster 
20-Jul 8am New Zealand v Norway Auckland BBC 
  11am Australia v Republic of Ireland Sydney ITV 
21-Jul 3.30am Nigeria v Canada Melbourne BBC 
  6am Philippines v Switzerland Dunedin ITV 
  8.30am Spain v Costa Rica Wellington BBC 
22-Jul 2am USA v Vietnam Auckland BBC 
  8am Zambia v Japan Hamilton BBC 
  10.30am England v Haiti Brisbane ITV 
  1pm Denmark v China Perth BBC 
23-Jul 6am Sweden v South Africa Wellington BBC 
  8.30am Netherlands v Portugal Dunedin BBC 
  11am France v Jamaica Sydney ITV 
24-Jul 7am Italy v Argentina Auckland ITV 
  9.30am Germany v Morocco Melbourne ITV 
  12pm Brazil v Panama Adelaide ITV 
25-Jul 3am Colombia v South Korea Sydney BBC 
  6.30am New Zealand v Philippines Wellington ITV 
  9am Switzerland v Norway Hamilton ITV 
26-Jul 6am Japan v Costa Rica Dunedin ITV 
  8.30am Spain v Zambia Auckland BBC 
  1pm Canada v Republic of Ireland Perth ITV 
27-Jul 2am USA v Netherlands Wellington BBC 
  8.30am Portugal v Vietnam Hamilton ITV 
  11am Australia v Nigeria Brisbane BBC 
28-Jul 1am Argentina v South Africa Dunedin ITV 
  9.30am England v Denmark Sydney BBC 
  12pm China v Haiti Adelaide ITV 
29-Jul 8.30am Sweden v Italy Wellington BBC 
  11am France v Brazil Brisbane BBC 
  1.30pm Panama v Jamaica Perth ITV 
30-Jul 5.30am South Korea v Morocco Adelaide BBC 
  10.30am Germany v Colombia Sydney ITV 
  8am Norway v Philippines Auckland BBC 
  8am Switzerland v New Zealand Dunedin BBC 
31-Jul 8am Japan v Spain Wellington ITV 
  8am Costa Rica v Zambia Hamilton ITV 
  11am Republic of Ireland v Nigeria Brisbane BBC 
  11am Canada v Australia Melbourne BBC 
01-Aug 8am Vietnam v Netherlands Dunedin ITV 
  8am Portugal v USA Auckland ITV 
  12pm China v England Adelaide ITV 
  12pm Haiti v Denmark Perth ITV 
02-Aug 8am Argentina v Sweden Hamilton BBC 
  8am South Africa v Italy Wellington BBC 
  11am Panama v France Sydney ITV 
  11am Jamaica v Brazil Melbourne ITV 
03-Aug 11am Morocco v Colombia Perth BBC 
  11am South Korea v Germany Brisbane BBC 
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