English FA to launch OTT platform with Women’s Super League games live

August 7 – The English FA will launch a new over-the-top platform that will provide free live coverage of every Women’s Super League game from the start of the 2019/20 season.

The FA Player will show more than 150 domestic games throughout the campaign, including all WSL matches and a fixture from each round of the Championship. The platform will also provide access to selected England, FA Cup and Continental League Cup highlights, plus archive footage and features. The FA Player will be free and available online and via an app.

The new platform will operate alongside the WSL’s existing domestic rights deals with BT Sport and the BBC, who will continue to televise 30 live games during the season.

“This announcement is a pivotal and significant step in The FA’s journey to grow the women’s game and attract new audiences,” said the FA’s director of the women’s professional game Kelly Simmons.

“We know people want to watch football in different ways, with content that’s quickly and easily accessible. This new live streaming service will give them unique access to over 150 live fixtures in all competitions, all available at the click of a button.

“This will help build on the fantastic coverage BBC and BT Sport give the women’s game on their channels so that fans can enjoy the best of women’s football when and how they wish.”

Barclays is the title sponsor for the competition for the first time. The FA sealed a three-year, £10 million deal with earlier this year.

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