With less than 50 days to go, Australia is primed and ready to co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, with 7SPORT anchor Mel McLaughlin and broadcasting icon Bruce McAvaney set to lead Seven’s coverage, live, free and in HD* on Channel 7 and 7plus.
From 20 July to 20 August, Australians will be spoilt with the best of world football, as the Matildas go for glory at the biggest global sporting event this year, to be staged across Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever.
Seven will be there as Australia’s mighty Matildas campaign for a maiden title, with 15 key matches – including the opening match, Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals, the Final and every Matildas game – to be broadcast live and free across the screens of Seven.
As the world unites, one of Australia’s most authoritative football voices, Seven’s Mel McLaughlin, will deliver on her vast FIFA World Cup™ experience, alongside arguably the greatest sports broadcaster today, Bruce McAvaney, who will bring his profound sporting expertise and lyricism to the beautiful game.
Also joining the special event on-air team are host and commentator Adam Peacock and 7SPORT presenter Emma Freedman.
Drawing on their playing experience and close ties to the national team, Matildas star and two-time Olympian, Elise Kellond-Knight, and three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ star Heather Garriock will also play vital roles as game day pundits.
Calling all the action will be veteran football commentator David Basheer, with insights from former Matildas player and emerging broadcast talent Grace Gill.
Beyond the live matches in prime-time, McLaughlin will also be at the helm of the Highlights
show, a 30-minute program to air at 2.00pm each day.
Featuring daily highlights of all matches, the FIFA “Beyond Greatness” Champion will also kick around any breaking news and views of the day with a team of fresh faces, including local football content creators and presenters Kat Sasso, Danielle Pirrello and Nick Stavropoulos.
The co-production with I Want It Yesterday, one of Australia’s leading sports content production houses, will capture all the excitement and passion for the world game, while delivering on Seven’s pedigree for sports broadcasting excellence and innovation.
Seven’s Head of Network Sport and Managing Director of Seven Melbourne, Lewis Martin, said: “This FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is set to be the most exciting sporting event of the decade, breaking new ground for Australian sport and capturing the imagination of all Australians.
“The 7SPORT family could not be more thrilled to be harnessing the passion for the world game and sharing that enthusiasm and athletic excellence with our audience, which is already treated to the best in AFL, cricket, horse racing and motorsport, live and free on Your Home of Sport.
“Our own Mel McLaughlin is living her childhood dream at the helm of such an historic competition, while Bruce McAvaney’s love for all sport shows in every event he covers and this global tournament will be no different,” he said.
“So, settle into your front-row seat on Channel 7 and 7plus and watch the greatness unfold.”