SBS will expand its comprehensive football offering in 2017-18 by showcasing more world class women’s sport this summer with the broadcast of W-League and Matildas matches live, free and in HD to all Australians.
Announced today at the W-League season launch, starting October 27 and running until February 2018, SBS VICELAND will broadcast up to two W-League games each week, at 5pm Fridays and on Sunday afternoons, plus the semi-finals and grand final live, free and in HD.
Then, in November, SBS will broadcast the Matildas v China friendlies being staged in Geelong and Melbourne - hosted by SBS Football presenter Lucy Zelic - live, free and in HD on SBS and SBS VICELAND.
“We’re proud that women’s football has been in the schedule at SBS for over a decade, and we’re pleased to be partnering with Football Federation Australia and Fox Sports to bring more of these first class games to all Australians," SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp, said.
“The Matildas are in brilliant form right now and SBS is excited to continue our support of this world class team in the lead up to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France.
“SBS is incredibly passionate about our football heritage – we have been in the business of broadcasting ‘the beautiful game’ for over 30 years and we believe it is a sport that truly reflects our unique Charter by connecting Australia’s diverse communities.”
The two international Matildas games will feature SBS’s trusted expert analysis and commentary. All games will also be simulcast in Australia via The World Game website and The World Game app.
“The 10th season of the W-League is shaping up as the best yet. With the likes of Sam Kerr, Lisa De Vanna and Emily Van Egmond we have some of the world’s best players now coming to you every week on SBS," FFA CEO, David Gallop, said.
"I think we’ve hit a tipping point for women’s football and our partnership with SBS and FOXSPORTS will bring the game to more people than ever before.”
SBS’s football offering in 2017-18 also includes the biggest games in the world from Premier League, Champions League, 2018 Women’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia starting in June next year.
Matildas v China
Wednesday 22 November
7pm AEDT LIVE on SBS VICELAND + live streamed on The World Game website and app
Matildas v China
Sunday 26 November
4pm AEDT LIVE on SBS + live streamed on The World Game website and app
W-League LIVE on SBS VICELAND + live streamed on The World Game website and app
Friday 27 October from 5pm AEDT - Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Sunday 29 October from 2pm AEDT - Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday 3 November from 5pm AEDT - Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 5 November from 2pm AEDT - Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Friday 10 November from 5pm AEDT - Adelaide United v Perth Glory
Sunday 12 November from 4pm AEDT - Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
Friday 17th November 5pm AEDT - Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Sunday 19th November 4pm AEDT - Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 10th December 4pm AEDT - Melbourne City v Canberra United
Friday 15th December 5pm AEDT - Sydney FC v Canberra United
Sunday 17th December 4pm AEDT- Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
Friday 29th December 5pm AEDT - Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Monday 1st January 5pm AEDT - Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City
Wednesday 3rd January 5pm AEDT - Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Friday 5th January 5pm AEDT - Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Friday 12th January 5pm AEDT - Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United
Friday 19th January 5pm AEDT - Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 21st January 4pm AEDT - Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
Friday 26th January 5pm AEDT - Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
Sunday 28th January 4pm AEDT - Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Sunday 4th February 4 pm AEDT - Brisbane Roar v Canberra United
Sunday 11th February, time TBC - Semi-final 1
Sunday 11th February, time TBC - Semi-final 2
Sunday 18th February, time TBC - Grand Final