FOX Sports have announced their schedule of commentators for the Group Stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. But the more things change in this world, the more they stay the same at FOX Sports when it comes to soccer coverage.
“We’re following the same blueprint that we did last summer in Russia,” FOX Sports Executive Producer David Neal said in a recent interview, referring to the 2018 men’s World Cup. Last summer, four of FOX’s six commentator crews spent the entire tournament calling games from a studio in Los Angeles. This summer, FOX Sports plans on having another four commentator duos calling games from LA while the others (JP Dellacamera/Aly Wagner and Derek Rae/Danielle Slaton) will be based in France.
And just like in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FOX Sports will have more talent in the studio in the host country than they will have commentators on the ground. In Paris, Rob Stone hosts alongside analysts Kate Gill, Ariane Hingst, Alexi Lalas, Karina LeBlanc, Heather O’Reilly, Kelly Smith, Eni Aluko and others.
Here’s the Women’s World Cup TV schedule (note that kickoff times are listed in Eastern United States timezone):
Publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris founded the site in 2005. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who was born and raised in Wales, has lived in Florida since 1984, and supported Swansea City since 1979. Last but not least, he got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.