FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

SBS name FIFA Women’s World Cup on-air team


The countdown is well and truly on to the world’s biggest women’s sporting event – the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

As the official broadcaster of the tournament, SBS will bring Australian audiences all the best action from France, which kicks off on June 8 (AEST).

Esteemed sports journalist Tracey Holmes returns to lead the SBS broadcast team, alongside former Socceroos captain Craig Foster and Matildas legend Joey Peters , who will share their trusted analysis and insights from Sydney.

The SBS broadcast will feature live commentary in France from respected broadcaster David Basheer , alongside former Matilda Sarah Walsh , who will have exclusive access to the Matildas camp throughout the tournament.

SBS’s broadcast team will offer unparalleled broadcasting expertise, strengthened by extensive on-field experience of playing and coaching at the highest level.

“We have assembled some of the most trusted, experienced football voices to bring extraordinary insight and bold personality to our coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup," SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp said.

"We are proud of our football legacy, and following on from the huge success of Russia 2018, we are excited to deliver world-class coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to all Australians.”

SBS’s coverage will begin with the opening match on Sunday, 8 June from 4:00am (AEST) as hosts France face Korea Republic - kicking off a huge month of football on SBS.

Catch all of the Matildas’ matches LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS, as well as the opening match, all quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

SBS will broadcast:

  • ALL Matildas matches
  • The opening match of the tournament
  • All quarter-finals, the semi-finals and final
  • All 52 games will also be available LIVE on SBS Radio


  • Australia v Italy, Sunday 9 June, 8:30pm (AEST)
  • Australia v Brazil, Friday 14 June, 1:30am (AEST)
  • Jamaica v Australia, Wednesday 19 June, 4:30am (AEST)


  • France v Korea Republic, Saturday 8 June, 4:00am (AEST)

We’ll bring you highlights of every key moment via our digital platforms – The World Game website and app.

All Australians will be able to catch every single goal, from every single game across multiple platforms along with our comprehensive and trusted analysis, for which SBS is so renowned.


SBS Radio will also broadcast all 52 matches of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, live and free via the SBS Radio app. Matches will be broadcast in up to three languages simultaneously; English and in languages of competing teams.

Optus announces complete FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 broadcast team

Optus Sport has assembled its female-led broadcast team ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, bringing together an incredible list of Australia’s best journalists and football talent.

Respected journalist Melanie McLaughlin will be joining Amy Duggan to host the overnight coverage of all 52 games of the tournament on Optus Sport, with presenter Richard Bayliss leading the live highlights show each morning.

In addition, an impressive group of former Matildas and Socceroos will provide expert analysis across the coverage, joining former Matildas Heather Garriock and Alicia Ferguson in this role.

This includes former captain and FFA Hall of Fame inductee Cheryl Salisbury, as well as current Western Sydney W-League assistant coach Catherine Cannuli, former Canberra united striker Ash Sykes, former Brisbane Roar midfielder Amy Chapman, current Western Sydney Wanderers player Georgia Yeoman-Dale as well as former Melbourne Victory midfielder Tal Karp.

The former Socceroos joining the team are Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi, current Western Sydney W-League coach Dean Heffernan and current Sydney FC W-League coach Ante Juric.

Optus Sport is also proud to welcome back Jules Breach, who after hosting coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will join the crews in France alongside reporters Niav Owens and Michelle Escobar.

“It has been a spectacular year of football on Optus Sport. From the 2018 FIFA World Cup through to the UEFA Champions League, I still can’t quite believe what we witnessed in the semi-finals and we have still got an all-England final to go,” host Mel McLaughlin said.

“It sets things up perfectly for Optus Sport’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I don’t think people realise just how exciting and how massive this tournament is going to be and how lucky we are to be seeing every single minute.

“Add to that, the Matildas are genuine contenders and the whole month is going to feel like Christmas for football fans.

“I’m in awe of the broadcast team that Optus Sport has put together, some of this team I have loved and idolised for years. I’m just so proud to be part of what will be the most comprehensive coverage this country has seen – and what the game and the Matildas deserve.”

Optus Sport is the only place to watch all 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament live, and the broadcast team will provide extensive match coverage, expert opinion, in-depth analysis and behind the scenes access from France.

“We have declared this FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the most comprehensive coverage Australia has seen, and it is this stellar broadcast team that will bring our coverage together for our viewers,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said.

Amy Duggan, Melanie McLaughlin and Richard Bayliss.

Heather Garriock, Alicia Ferguson, Cheryl Salisbury, Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi, Catherine Cannuli, Ash Sykes, Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Amy Chapman, Tal Karp, Dean Heffernan and Ante Juric.

Jules Breach, Niav Owens and Michelle Escobar.

Optus Sport broadcast partners for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 include Nike, Powerade and Huawei.

FIFAWomen’s World Cup

The Matildas take on the world from 9 June at 8.30pm on SBS.

  • SBS to broadcast all Matilda’s matches in FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
  • All 52 matches live and free on SBS Radio in multiple languages

SBS has announced its full match broadcast schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ . Uniting some of Australia’s best sports broadcasters, SBS will offer audiences unrivalled coverage of the world’s biggest women’s football event from Saturday, 8 June.

Settle into the sidelines and get your green and gold ready, with SBS covering the biggest games of the tournament, live, free and in HD across television, radio and online. All 52 matches will be live and free on SBS Radio in multiple languages, while on TV and online, SBS will broadcast the opening match, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, and all Matildas games.

Hosted by esteemed sports journalist, Tracey Holmes and former Socceroo Captain, Craig Foster and with exclusive analysis from ex-Matilda Joey Peters , SBS’s coverage will begin with the opening match on Saturday, 8 June from 4am* when hosts France face Korea Republic.

The blockbuster first weekend continues with the highly-anticipated premiere appearance of the Matildas from the family-friendly time of 8.30pm Sunday night* when they play world number 15** Italy.

SBS’s coverage of the Matildas’ campaign to progress from Group C under new coach Ante Milicic will also see the team face Brazil from 1.30am* on Friday, 14 June, then Jamaica on Wednesday, 19 June from 4.30am*. All SBS matches will feature exclusive commentary from David Basheer and former Matilda Sarah Walsh and extensive analysis live from France.



Saturday 8 June from 4am * France v Korea Republic LIVE kick-off 5am

Sunday 9 June from 8.30pm* Australia v Italy LIVE kick-off 9pm

Friday 14 June from 1.30am * Australia v Brazil LIVE kick-off 2am

Wednesday 19 June from 4.30am * Australia v Jamaica LIVE kick-off 5am

SBS’s coverage of the Round of 16 will be announced throughout the tournament.

Friday 28 June from 4.30am* Quarter-Final 1 LIVE kick-off 5am

Saturday 29 June from 4.30am* Quarter-Final 2 LIVE kick-off 5am

Saturday 29 June from 10.30pm * Quarter-Final 3 LIVE kick-off 11pm

Sunday 30 June from 2am * Quarter-Final 4 LIVE kick-off 2.30am

Wednesday 3 July from 4.30am * Semi-Final 1 LIVE kick-off 5am

Thursday 4 July from 4.30am * Semi-Final 2 LIVE kick-off 5am

Sunday 7 July from 12.30am * Playoff for 3rd LIVE If Matildas are playing kick-off 1am

Monday 8 July from 12.30am * Final LIVE kick-off 1am

SBS will also be delivering the FIFA Women’s World Cup Today™ daily highlights show on SBS at 6pm* every match day.

*All times are AEST and are subject to change


Every match live and free, in multiple languages

SBS Radio will broadcast commentary of all 52 matches of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, live and free via the SBS Radio mobile app. In addition to the English commentary available on all matches, selected matches will also be offered simultaneously in multiple languages.

SBS Radio will broadcast in seven languages including Mandarin, French, Japanese and Italian, more than any other FIFA Women’s World Cup™ broadcaster. The multilingual coverage is in partnership with respected sports broadcasters from around the world.

Former Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri will bring all the highlights, insights and behind the scenes buzz of the Matildas’ matches, exclusively from France during the group stage, while the live English match coverage will feature exclusive commentary by former Socceroo goalkeeper Clint Bolton and sports broadcaster Steve Pearce .

Experience the passion of live commentary in multiple languages on the SBS Radio app and nationwide on SBS Radio 3, on digital television, digital radio (DAB+), analogue radio and online.

Download the free SBS Radio app available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play .


The World Game website and app will stream all SBS matches live alongside the latest scores, video highlights, breaking news, and analysis from all 52 games.

All SBS live matches, replays and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Today™ daily highlights show will be available to enjoy anytime and anywhere on SBS On Demand .

Fans can also join the #WorldGameLIVE discussion show on SBS’s Twitter account, from 5.30pm* ahead of every match.

SBS is presenting the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ in partnership with Optus Sport.

Visit the SBS Guide for details on how to watch the tournament when competition kicks off on June 8.

I think it’s a great idea, but I am not sure how many schools will take up the offer.

Matildas striker Kyah Simon, who was ruled out of Australia’s World Cup squad after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Houston Dash last month, has joined Optus Sport’s commentary team for the tournament.

I have looked at the crowd numbers for the first four matches and noticed that the figures are satisfactory. The first match, France v South Korea drew 45 000 spectators in Paris.

I notice the Optus Sport logo features prominently in the Herald Sun’s sports section for the past week, including a 8-page liftout in last Sunday’s edition previewing the tournament. Fox Sports and Optus Sport are arch rivals, so I think the Herald Sun promoting Optus’ coverage of Women’s World Cup is a one-off, as the paper wants to be seen as supporting women’s sport.

Optus probably handed over $$$ to News Corp?

Optus Sport’s selected live and exclusive Round of 16 matches confirmed

With the last of the group stage matches played overnight in France, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16 has now been confirmed.
Optus Sport is the only place to watch all 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup live and on-demand, including seven of the eight matches in the Round of 16 live and exclusive.

SUNDAY 23 JUNE - Germany v Nigeria (live and exclusive) and Australia v Norway (live)
MONDAY 24 JUNE - England v Cameroon and France v Brazil (both live and exclusive)
TUESDAY 25 JUNE - Spain v USA and Sweden v Canada (both live and exclusive)
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE - Italy v China PR and Netherlands v Japan (both live and exclusive)

Big matches across the Round of 16 include the host nation France taking on Brazil, England will face Cameroon, USA tackle Spain and of course, the Matildas are in action.
After Sam Kerr’s heroics against Jamaica, Australia take on Norway in their do-or-die Round of 16 clash in Nice on Sunday morning (AEST).
“Some of Australia’s leading football pundits are providing the best insight and analysis across every match of the Women’s World Cup,” Optus Sport Executive Producer Richard Bayliss said.
“For the Matildas’ next match alone, we will have almost 500 caps for Australia between the broadcast team.”
Optus Sport’s extensive coverage of the Matildas match commences at 4.30am (AEST) on Sunday, with former Matilda and highly regarded journalist Amy Duggan hosting the match. Amy will be joined by former Matildas’ Cheryl Salisbury, Heather Garriock and Amy Chapman in the studio, while former Matilda Alicia Ferguson, former Socceroo Mark Schwarzer and reporters Niav Owens and Jules Breach will be pitchside in France throughout the coverage.
“We have loved watching every moment of this World Cup unfold in France, all the highs and the lows, and not missing a minute of the action,” Optus Sport host Amy Duggan said.
“We are so excited to see the Matildas take on Norway on Sunday morning and are confident they can keep their World Cup dreams alive. Set the alarm and join us on Optus Sport!”

Sunday 23 June:
1am – Germany v Nigeria
4.30am – Australia v Norway
7.30am – EscarGoals, hosted by Richard Bayliss and joined by Heather Garriock and Amy Chapman, this show reviews all the overnight action in France.
Broadcast: Amy Duggan, Heather Garriock, Cheryl Salisbury, Ashleigh Sykes, Amy Chapman, Alicia Ferguson and Mark Schwarzer.

Monday 24 June:
1am – England v Cameroon
4.30am – France v Brazil
7.30am – EscarGoals, hosted by Richard Bayliss alongside special guests, this show reviews all the overnight action in France.
Broadcast: Amy Duggan, Heather Garriock, Ashleigh Sykes, Amy Chapman, Alicia Ferguson and Mark Schwarzer.

Tuesday 25 June:
1.30am – Spain v USA
4.30am – Sweden v Canada
7.30am – EscarGoals, hosted by Richard Bayliss alongside special guests, this show reviews all the overnight action in France.
Broadcast: Mel McLaughlin, Amy Duggan, Heather Garriock, Catherine Cannuli, Georgia-Yeoman Dale, Alicia Ferguson and Mark Schwarzer.

Wednesday 26 June:
1.30am – Italy v China PR
4.30am – Netherlands v Japan
7.30am – EscarGoals, hosted by Richard Bayliss alongside special guests, this show reviews all the overnight action in France.
Broadcast: Mel McLaughlin, Amy Duggan, Heather Garriock, Ante Juric, Tal Karp, Alicia Ferguson and Mark Schwarzer.

All times listed AEST.

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