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FOX Sports Announce Coverage For The 2015 Women’s World Cup

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The 2015 Women’s World Cup will feature many firsts. The first time a senior tournament will be played on turf, the first time an expanded field of 24 teams will play in Canada and the first time in 11 years the Women’s World Cup will be aired on network television in the United States.

Tuesday it was announced that FOX Sports will be carrying all 52 games across three stations in what will be the most comprehensive coverage of the women’s pinnacle tournament.

FOX will air 16 of the games, including one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5. FOX Sports 1 will feature 30 matches, including the entire round of 16, two quarterfinal games and the other semifinal, while FOX Sports 2 will carry the remaining six matches.

America’s fastest growing network will also feature pre and post game reports for up to 200 hours of total coverage by the time the tournament ends at BC Place in Vancouver. The network will average six to seven hours of tournament coverage a day between the opening kickoff on June 6 to July 5.

FOX will also make the games available across their digital platforms, the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com, on tablets and mobile devices.

“This is the most extensive coverage of the Women’s World Cup that has ever been permeated in the United States. I think our broadcast commitment is demonstrative of how strongly we believe not only in the women’s game but in soccer in general. I don’t think anyone will question Fox’s commitment to making this the new home field for soccer in the U.S,” said David Nathanson, the general manager for Fox Sports 1 and 2 in a Sports Illustrated article.

The network mentioned that it would not announce on air talent until after the New Year, but expect to be assigning on-air reporters for almost every game. Interestingly enough, FOX also announced its newest hiring on Tuesday, ESPN’s former soccer analyst Alexi Lalas. Lalas has stated he will be working on FOX’s 2015 and 2018 World Cup coverages.

ESPN aired has aired the previous five Women’s World Cup tournaments, including all 32 games in 1999, 2007 and 2011.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. NashRambler

    December 24, 2014 at 12:09 am

    “The first time a senior tournament will be played on turf”. Considering all previous tournaments have in fact been played on turf, I have to assume that what you should have more accurately wrote is that this is the first tournament which will be played on artificial turf.

    • Christopher Harris

      December 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Many Americans use “turf” to denote artificial grass. To me, as a Brit, turf means grass, but it has a different meaning here.

    • Nick Dasher

      April 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Christopher Harris has it right. Here in America, “turf” always means artificial turf and “grass” means natural grass.

  2. GallipoliVC

    December 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I think it is great that Fox is bringing womens football to the masses. I do question whether USWNT matches will be on the broadcast Fox or FS1. ESPN didnt air any of the USMNT World Cup matches on ABC this year. As for commentators I have very little hope for anyone decent. There is one guy, whose name escapes me, I think would be a great fit. He did several matchesof the NWSL for ESPN this year. He really knew his stuff and has a great delivery. I would also like to see Monica Gonzalez in the booth. She has done booth work for ESPN in the past and very good, a bit rough but good.

  3. Dean

    December 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Favoring North American time zones. The European tv market isn’t as important for the women’s competition. So that means primetime soccer on regular Fox! As much as I hate Fox’s coverage, this is huge. The final is already schedule to be played at 7PM ET.

  4. CTBlues

    December 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Are the kickoff times going to favor the North American timezones so 7 pm to 10 pm EST or Europe 2 pm to 5 pm EST?

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