Perfect timing. Less than a week after the draw was made in Auckland on Saturday, FIFA announced that it had awarded the free-to-air rights to the Women’s World Cup in 2023 to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The agreement between the two parties, which is part of their long-standing partnership, covers 28 European countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Northern Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey. The rights include television, digital and radio broadcasts. As a reminder, the Women’s World Cup in 2023 will be the first to feature 32 teams. It will also be the first to be played in the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region. And it will be the first to be held in two countries. The competition will kick off on 20 July 2023 at Auckland’s Eden Park. The final will be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney on 20 August 2023.
— Published 25 October 2022