Optus Sport assembles female-led team for FIFA Womens World Cup coverage

Optus Sport has brought together some of Australias best female journalists and football talent to lead the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup coverage when the tournament gets underway this June.

Respected presenter and former Matilda, Amy Duggan, is the first host to be announced for Optus Sports match coverage, while Heather Garriock, Alicia Ferguson, and Niav Owens will also join the team.

Optus Sport is the only place to watch all 52 matches of the FIFA Womens 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 are extremely proud of the team we are assembling for the FIFA Womens World Cup, Optus Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said.

Optus Sport will not only deliver Australias most comprehensive coverage of a Womens World Cup, but our team will also provide greater coverage from within the Matildas camp than ever before.

Leading an expert panel of current and former players will be ex-Matildas player Heather Garriock, who after representing her country on 130 occasions, is now Canberra United W-League coach.

Alicia Ferguson, another former Matilda, will be providing insight as the national teams campaign unfolds in France, while experienced reporter Niav Owens will bring viewers the latest news from pitchside as well as from inside the Matildas camp.

Alongside Alicia and Niav, Optus Sport reporter Michelle Escobar will bring viewers a behind-the-scenes look at all the colour and noise of the tournament, along with daily news updates.

It is an incredible honour to be part of the Optus Sport team that will bring all the action from one of the biggest womens standalone sporting events, said Amy Duggan, who played 33 games for the Matildas between 1997 and 2005.

I will be working alongside some amazing talent, and talent that have been there before and know what its like to be a part of a national team.

Im really looking forward to a month of non-stop football, every game live and following each teams journey, especially our golden girls the Matildas.

With extensive coverage planned around all 52 matches during the tournament, Optus Sport is planning further talent announcements including additional hosts, along with more detail around the on-air presentation, over the coming months.

We will place the Womens World Cup on the pedestal it deserves, and its no coincidence we are announcing our line-up today, being International Womens Day, Mr Dimopoulos added. I know we will have succeeded if my young daughters wish to emulate the stars of the tournament.

2019 FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup commences on June 7, when France take on Korea Republic in Paris, and concludes on July 7.

The Matildas, under new Head Coach Ante Milicic, have drawn Group C alongside Italy, Brazil and debutant Jamaica and will play their first match on June 9 against Italy.

About Optus Sport

Customers with an Optus Sport subscription will be able to access:

  • All 52 games of the FIFA Womens World Cup live and on demand
  • 40 matches exclusively
  • Preview show and review show produced and delivered live by Optus Sport
  • Mini matches from every match
  • All games available on the big screen or on-the-go

All the Optus Sport action can be viewed on the big-screen via Fetch, Apple TV, Apple Airplay,

Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Xbox, or on-the-go via tablets, mobile, desktop or laptop.

Optus Sport is available as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for no extra cost. Non-Optus customers, and Optus customers who are ineligible for a monthly subscription at no added cost, may subscribe to Optus Sport for $14.99 per month.


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