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The FIFA Women’s World Cup always draws a huge television audience in the UK, and the ratings for the 2023 tournament in Oceania are likely to be the best ever. That is because England has a very good team that could well go all the way.
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Watching the Games on TV
The 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament will be covered by both the BBC and ITV. The two broadcasters will each cover 24 group games live and show highlights of the contests they did not air. When the knockout stages begin, ITV will have first choice when round of 16 and quarterfinal contests are scheduled, and the BBC will choose which semifinal it wishes to air. Both broadcasters will cover the August 20th final live.
UK TV Channels
- BBC: It will show 20 group stage games, all of the BBC’s knockout games and air a daily highlight show.
- ITV: The main ITV channel will air all of the independent broadcasters coverage, which includes 24 group stage games, knockout games and the final. ITV will also show highlights each night of the tournament.
England and Ireland Match Schedule
- Thu Jul 20 : Australia vs Ireland (ITV)
- Sat Jul 22 : England vs Haiti (ITV)
- Wed Jul 26 : Canada vs Ireland (ITV)
- Fri Jul 28 : England vs Denmark (BBC)
- Mon Jul 31 : Ireland vs Nigeria (BBC)
- Tue Aug 1 : China vs England (ITV)
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Streaming the Matches
Both the BBC and ITV have excellent streaming services, so British fans who can’t get to a TV should have no problem watching the matches on any kind of device. Fans outside the UK will not have as much to cheer about because the BBC and ITV streaming services are both region locked.
- BBC iPlayer: All of the BBC’s TV coverage will also be available in high definition and without commercial interruption on the broadcaster’s iPlayer streaming service.
- ITVX: ITV Hub is no more. The independent broadcaster’s streaming service has been rebranded ITVX, and all of its World Cup coverage will be available on it.
- STV Player: In Scotland, fans can stream ITV games on the STV Player.
- Radio 5: Audio commentary of all games will be broadcast live on Radio 5.
- BBC Sounds: Fans who would like to hear match commentary on mobile devices can download the BBC Sounds app for Android or iOS.
Devices to Live Stream the Action in Australia and New Zealand
Both the BBC and ITV streaming services are top notch, so you should be able to watch all of the games you want on any kind of smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop or smart TV. Most of the BBC games will be broadcast in UHD video and HDR audio, so fans with fast internet connections and the latest equipment are in for a real treat.
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What to Know Before You Go
There are few things football fans enjoy more than watching the world’s best players vie for the game’s ultimate prize, and British fans should feel lucky that two giant broadcasters will be competing against each other to bring them every second of the action. Both the BBC and ITV are pulling out all the stops, so the next few weeks should be memorable.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Viewer’s Guides Outside the US
For more information on watching matches in different areas, see our World Cup VPN Guide.
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