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BBC announces rights win for 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup

The BBC has secured the rights to show coverage from the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2019, which will see free-to-air broadcasts of every game across TV, radio and online.

Today’s announcement follows on from the huge success of the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 tournament in Canada, which saw England’s Lionesses reach the semi-finals. With an impressive peak TV audience of 2.4 million late into the night for England’s game against Japan, the tournament reached more than 12 million people on TV alone, unprecedented figures for women’s football in the UK.

Fans will also be able to watch live selected qualification matches later in the year, following the home nations in their quest to appear on the world stage at France 2019.

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater commented:
“We’re delighted that the BBC will bring the biggest tournament in women's football to the widest possible audience. Women's football has grown significantly over the last few years and we are proud of the contribution we have made. France 2019 promises to be another fantastic showcase for the sport."

FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura responded:
“The seventh edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 reached record-breaking numbers of TV viewers and social media clicks, underlining global interest in the world’s biggest single-sport event for women. As excitement grows around the eighth edition of the competition, we are delighted to work with the BBC to broadcast the ultimate event in women’s football to even greater audiences in the UK via the BBC’s TV, radio and digital platforms.”