ESPN Signs Exclusive Multimedia Agreement for Worldwide Rights to the National Women’s Soccer League Regular Season Matches

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ESPN Signs Exclusive Multimedia Agreement for Worldwide Rights to the National Women’s Soccer League Regular Season Matches

ESPN’s international coverage of the NWSL in Europe, Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia will be streamed live and on-demand on ESPN Player.

ESPN Signs Exclusive Multimedia Agreement for Worldwide Rights to the National Women’s Soccer League Regular Season Matches 

ESPN and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the longest-standing professional women’s soccer league in the United States, reached an exclusive agreement for worldwide rights (excluding U.S.) to the league’s regular season and playoff matches, it was announced today.  ESPN already holds the rights to NWSL broadcasts in the U.S. via a separate agreement announced earlier this year.

ESPN’s international coverage of the NWSL in Europe, Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia will be streamed live and on-demand on ESPN Player. ESPN’s streaming service comes with a 7-day free trial, and the NWSL will join a premium slate of content including award-winning ESPN Films, College Football, International Cricket and live ESPN TV Channels.

“This is an important step for NWSL to strengthen the league’s reach through ESPN’s international network,” said NWSL President Amanda Duffy. “Our partnership with ESPN has already brought NWSL’s world-class competition into more homes and to more fans here in the United States. Expanding the network’s distribution internationally will continue to elevate the profile and visibility of NWSL around the world.”

This NWSL season showcases many of the world’s biggest soccer talents and stars of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, such as Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), who scored the most goals by a single player in a Women’s World Cup game on June 11; Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), who set a Women’s World Cup tournament record June 16 with a goal in her sixth consecutive game; and Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC), who continues to dominate the sport with the most goals scored in Reign FC franchise history.

The NWSL also features many international stars from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, such as Canadian captain Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), who participated and scored in five different World Cup events;  Australia’s Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), the nominee for the 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player Award; and Brazil’s Marta Vieira da Silva (Orlando Pride), who holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup events. In addition,

“The National Women’s Soccer League is home to many of the world’s top female players, and as a brand, ESPN leads the way in delivering world-class soccer content to fans around the world,” said Scott Guglielmino, Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN.  “We are thrilled to be able to leverage ESPN’s global reach to bring NWSL’s regular season and playoff matches to soccer audiences worldwide.”

2019 NWSL Schedule on ESPN Player:

Date Kick-off Time Home team Away team
21 August 7:30 PM ET Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride
21 August 7:30 PM ET Washington Spirit Utah Royals
24 August 7:00 PM ET North Carolina Courage Reign FC
24 August 7:30 PM ET Washington Spirit Orlando Pride
24 August 8:30 PM ET Houston Dash Sky Blue FC
25 August 3:00 PM ET Portland Thorns Chicago Red Stars
31 August 7:30 PM ET Orlando Pride Washington Spirit
6 September 9:30 PM ET Utah Royals Portland Thorns
7 September 3:00 PM ET Sky Blue North Carolina Courage
7 September 10:00 PM ET Reign FC Orlando Pride
8 September 6:00 PM ET Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash
11 September 7:00 PM ET Orlando Pride Chicago Red Stars
11 September 10:30 PM ET Portland Thorns North Carolina Courage
13 September 8:30 PM ET Houston Dash Utah Royals
14 September 7:00 PM ET North Carolina Courage Orlando Pride
14 September 7:30 PM ET Washington Spirit Reign FC
15 September 5:00 PM ET Sky Blue Chicago Red Stars
17 September 7:30 PM ET North Carolina Courage Houston Dash
18 September 10:00 PM ET Reign FC Utah Royals
21 September 8:00 PM ET Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit
21 September 9:00 PM ET Utah Royals North Carolina Courage
21 September 10:00 PM ET Reign FC Sky Blue FC
21 September 10:30 PM ET Portland Thorns Houston Dash
25 September 9:00 PM ET Houston Dash Washington Spirit
28 September 7:00 PM ET Washington Spirit North Carolina Courage
28 September 8:00 PM ET Chicago Red Stars Utah Royals
29 September 1:00 PM ET Sky Blue Orlando Pride
29 September 2:00 PM ET Reign FC Portland Thorns
12 October 7:00 PM ET North Carolina Courage Sky Blue FC
12 October 7:30 PM ET Orlando Pride Reign FC
12 October 9:30 PM ET Utah Royals Houston Dash
12 October 10:30 PM ET Portland Thorns Washington Spirit
20 October 2:00 PM ET Playoffs Semifinal I
20 October 4:00 PM ET Playoffs Semifinal II
27 October 4:00 PM ET NWSL Championship
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