Optus Sport has strengthened its investment in women’s soccer, announcing exclusive live rights to Barclays FA Women’s Super League for the next three years.
After producing the most comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ever seen in Australia, Optus Sport will now broadcast approximately 50 live matches per full season and 40 fixtures of the 2019-20 season, kicking off from November 17.
Tom Gracey, Senior Broadcast Manager at the FA said, “We are delighted to partner with Optus Sport in a historic deal that will showcase the Barclays FA Women’s Super League to viewers across Australia.
“This is our first deal in the Asian region and demonstrates the ever-increasing global appeal of the league.
“We commend Optus for being at the vanguard of elevating and broadcasting more top-level women’s football.
“The popularity of women’s football is at an all-time high and this agreement is a fantastic opportunity for viewers across Australia to enjoy the skills, excitement and competitiveness that the Barclays FA Women’s Super League has to offer.”
Fans can also enjoy match highlight compilations on Optus Sport, including the popular mini-matches, as well as games on-demand for up to 30 days after the first broadcast.
Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said Optus remained focussed on helping grow women’s football and inspire the next generation.
“We are proud to be Australia’s home of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and look forward to growing interest in and sharing the league with our expanding base of Optus Sport customers,” Mr Dimopoulos said.
The Barclays FA WSL joins a slate of premium football content on Optus Sport, including exclusively live coverage of every Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match and Optus Sport’s new in-house, live 90-minute football show, Scores on Sunday, hosted on rotation by Mel McLaughlin, Richard Bayliss and Niav Owens and featuring some of Australia’s best pundits including Heather Garriock, Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi and Alicia Ferguson.