W-League brokers double-header broadcast deal

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In what is seen as a boost for the women’s game,  the W-League 2015/16 season will see matches broadcast live on Fox Sports and ABC TV.

The 12-game deal is part of a W-league/A-League double-header feature on Sunday afternoons giving women players the broadest television exposure in the eight-year history of the league.

Also broadcast will be the W-League semi-finals on January 23-24, as well as the 2016 Grand Final on January 31, which will be a standalone event.

In the first televised match, defending W-League Champions Canberra United will take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on October 18.

“This is a fantastic step forward for women’s football in Australia and FFA would like to acknowledge the cooperation of FOX SPORTS and the ABC in working together to bring the broadcast to life,” FFA chief David Gallop said.

“The growth of the Westfield W-League is a crucial component in our long term strategy around women’s football and we will move into the 2015/16 season with coverage on FOX SPORTS as well as free to air TV.

“The Sunday broadcast match will be a double header with the Hyundai A-League match and form part of FOX SPORTS’ Sunday afternoon football coverage, another step in growing the exposure around women’s football.”\

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “It’s a fantastic outcome for women’s football in Australia and will be the perfect complement to our live Sunday afternoon Hyundai A-League coverage.

“Football fans will now be able to watch the best male and female footballers in the country each week on FOX SPORTS.

“The W-League is a great addition to FOX SPORTS’ unrivalled football offering which includes every match of the Barclays Premier League and Hyundai A-League, every Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier plus live coverage of the FFA Cup and AFC Champions League.

ABC’s Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, said the combination of the double-header solution and the support of the FFA had made it possible to bring the W-League back to the ABC.

The “Match of the Round” broadcast fixtures for the first 12 rounds are locked in with a decision to be made on the broadcast games for the final two rounds (January 10 and 17 2016) in late December to ensure the big end of season matches are on television.

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV broadcast matches for Westfield W-League

Oct 18, 2015        Brisbane Roar v Canberra United, Suncorp Stadium

Oct 25, 2015        Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory, AAMI Park

Nov 1, 2015         Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC, Pirtek Stadium

Nov 8, 2015         Canberra United v Melbourne City, Central Coast Stadium

Nov 15, 2015      Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory, Suncorp Stadium

Nov 22, 2015      Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets, Coopers Stadium

Nov 29, 2015      Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United, Central Coast Stadium

Dec 6, 2015         Adelaide United v Perth Glory, Coopers Stadium

Dec 13, 2015       Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City, Hunter Stadium

Dec 20, 2015       Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Stadium

Dec 27, 2015       Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC, AAMI Park

Jan 3, 2016          Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory, Hunter Stadium