Discussion of the coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Australia takes on the world
100 days to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, live and free this July on Seven and 7plus
In just 100 days, the eyes of the world will be upon us as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ comes to Australia for the very first time.
From 20 July to 20 August, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ sees teams from 32 countries compete in this history-making event in Australia and New Zealand.
As the Matildas chase down their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ title, Seven will be there to bring you all the heart-stopping action, golden moments, triumph and tragedy, with 15 key matches – including the opening match, Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals, the Final and every Matildas match – broadcast live and free on Seven and 7plus.
The biggest stage, the best players. Come on Australia, let’s take on the world!
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
Live and free from 20 July to 20 August on Seven and 7plus
Out of the 15 matches Seven will air, 11 of them are confirmed or likely known:
Opening Game: New Zealand v Norway (20 July)
Matildas Group Games: vs Ireland (20 July), Nigeria (27 July) & Canada (31 July)
Quarter Finals: 11 & 12 August (assuming Seven will air all 4 QFs)
Semifinals: 15 & 16 August
Final: 20 August
That leaves 4 games unaccounted for - 1 of them will have to be reserved for a likely Round of 16 Matildas game (which will be played on 7 August). As for the remaining 3, think it might be 3 other Round of 16 games so that Seven would show 4 of the 8 games. The only thing that would complicate that is whether Seven would have to reserve the 3rd Place Game (18 August) in case the Matildas make it to the semifinals but lose. If they have to do that, there would only be 2 unaccounted games.
I noticed some more promos this weekend, featuring Mel McLaughlin, handy having her, being a fan and around coverage of the game for a long time now, going back I think to at least 2007 at Fox Sports.
When she moved from Ten to Seven in early 2016, doing a couple of Aus Opens, Olympics, Winter Olympics and Comm Games, even cricket to an extent, she has never seemed a 100% natural fit, but this I believe will be.
According to The Sunday Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield, Mel will be joined by Bruce McAvaney as co-hosts of Seven’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup. Phil writes that Seven will pick up a world feed and its own staff of 80 to cover the event.
Seems an odd choice both for this and 2023, however he is… Bruce. I guess while he’s still on Seven’s books and relatively healthy to continue working, why not, especially for the Sydney and national audience who many largely wouldn’t have watched his AFL calling over the decades and reduced to the Aus Open annually (until 2016) and Olympics every 4 years, as well as some Comm Games and Melb Cup from 2002.
He did host the Rugby World Cup final (on home soil and involving Australia) for Seven in 2003 and remains the second highest rating program of all time (OzTAM) in overnights, with 4.03m (a smidge under the 2005 Australian Open final - also on Seven and also called by Bruce).
On a cynical view though, one wonders if Seven still don’t have 100% confidence in Mel solo helming a fairly major network sport event. Wonder what (if?) other hosts/presenters will be involved with or around her.
6pm AEST: Round of 16 G2 - Group C Winner v Group A Runner Up
Sunday 6 August
7pm AEST: Round of 16 G4 - Group G Winner v Group E Runner Up
Monday 7 August
8:30pm AEST: Round of 16 G5 - Group B Winner v Group D Runner Up
Note: Since Australia is in Group B, would suspect that if they come 2nd in the group, Seven will instead air the earlier Round of 16 G6 game that day where the Group B Runner Up will face the Group D winner (5:30pm AEST).
Tuesday 8 August
9pm AEST: Round of 16 G7 - Group F Winner v Group H Runner Up
Friday 11 August
5:30pm AEST: Quarterfinal B - RO16 G2 Winner v RO16 G4 Winner
Saturday 12 August
8:30pm AEST: Quarterfinal D - RO16 G6 Winner v RO16 G8 Winner
Note: If Australia wins both Group B (and therefore plays in the Round of 16 G5 game) and the aforementioned RO16 game, I suspect Seven will instead air Quarterfinal C which will be played at 5pm AEST between the winners of RO16 G5 and RO16 G7.
Tuesday 15 August
6pm AEST: Semifinal 1 - Quarterfinal A Winner v Quarterfinal B Winner
Wednesday 16 August
8pm AEST: Semifinal 2 - Quarterfinal C Winner v Quarterfinal D Winner
Sunday 20 August
8pm AEST: Final - SF1 Winner v SF2 Winner
Judging by the game selections, it seems like it has been done in a way that will allow Seven to air many of them on the main channel in most states.