U-20 Women’s World Cup kicks off in Costa Rica and live on new FIFA+ broadcast channel

August 11 – The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 opened in Costa Rica yesterday with wins for Colombia over Germany and Australia over the hosts. The tournament marks the first significant live test of the recently launched FIFA+ broadcast service.

All matches will be broadcast live in 114 territories – those that do not have exclusive paid TV rights deals with local broadcasters.

Territories where the tournament can be viewed for free via the FIFA+ streaming service include 2022 Women’s European Championship finalists England and Germany, as well as tournament favourites Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria and Sweden.

On top of the live matches from the 16-team tournament, FIFA said its channel “will also be the home of premium editorial content for the tournament, tracking news, interviews and analysis throughout”, as it sets about establishing its credentials as a broadcaster.

Charlotte Burr, FIFA Director of Strategy, Development, and FIFA+, said: “After a summer that has seen women’s football capture the hearts and minds of fans around the world, with continental champions crowned in every major region, we’re delighted to be bringing the stars of tomorrow to the world on FIFA+.
“For years, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has been a fascinating window into the next generation of superstars in the women’s game, and 2022 promises to be no different. Costa Rica will provide a stunning backdrop to elite football and drama aplenty – we’re excited to be bringing fans around the world closer to the tournament and the future stars of the women’s game.”

The opening day of the tournament saw draws between Spain and Brazil and New Zealand and Mexico.

The final will be played August 28 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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