Optus Sport kicks off new investment in womens football

Securing Australian rights to transmit Barclays FA Womens Super League

Optus Sport has announced it has scored the exclusive live rights to transmit the top tier of English women’s football for the next three years in Australia.

After producing the most comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Womens World Cup ever seen in Australia, Optus Sport has strengthened its investment in womens football by streaming the Barclays FA Womens Super League (FA WSL) from Sunday November 17.

The deal continues Optus commitment to elite top-level football and will see Optus Sport broadcast approximately 50 live matches a full season and around 40 fixtures of the underway 2019/20 season.

Fans can enjoy must-watch match highlight compilations on Optus Sport, including the popular mini matches, as well as games on-demand for up to 30 days after first transmission.

Tom Gracey, Senior Broadcast Manager at the FA said, We are delighted to partner with Optus Sport in a historic deal that will showcase the Barclays FA Women’s Super League to viewers across Australia.

This is our first deal in the Asian region and demonstrates the ever-increasing global appeal of the league. We commend Optus for being at the vanguard of elevating and broadcasting more top-level womens football.

The popularity of womens football is at an all-time high and this agreement is a fantastic opportunity for viewers across Australia to enjoy the skills, excitement and competitiveness that the Barclays FA Womens Super League has to offer.

Optus Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said Optus remained focussed on helping grow womens football and inspire the next generation.

We are proud to be Australia’s home of the Barclays FA Womens Super League and look forward to growing interest in and sharing the league with our expanding base of Optus Sport customers, said Mr Dimopoulos.

Alicia Ferguson, former Matilda and Optus Sport Expert, added, It is really exciting Optus Sport has secured the rights. Optus Sport will not only be making more football available to Australian viewers, but importantly, increasing the visibility of womens sport.

The Barclays FA WSL joins a slate of premium football content on Optus Sport, including exclusively live coverage of every Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match and Optus Sports new in-house, live 90-minute football show, Scores on Sunday, hosted on rotation by Mel McLaughlin, Richard Bayliss and Niav Owens and featuring some of Australias best pundits including Heather Garriock, Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi and Alicia Ferguson.


Optus Sports official coverage of the FA WSL kicks off with a bang when Manchester City take on West Ham, Sunday November 17.

Details of Optus Sports opening round of live matches include:

Date (2019)


Kick-off time (AEDT)

17 November

Manchester City v West Ham


18 November

Chelsea v Manchester United


18 November

Tottenham v Arsenal


18 November

Liverpool v Everton



12 teams make up England’s largest full-time women’s league, including current champions Arsenal Women FC, who last season were guided to their first ever FA WSL title win since 2012 by former Australian soccer player and Melbourne City A-League assistant coach, Joe Montemurro.

Founded in 2011, the FA WSL consists of: Arsenal Women FC, Birmingham City Women FC, Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC, Bristol City Women FC, Chelsea FC women, Everton Ladies FC, Liverpool FC Women, Manchester City Women FC, Manchester United FC, Reading FC Women, Tottenham Hotspurs Women FC and West Ham United Women FC.

In 2018/19, the FA WSL season became Europes only fully professional womens league.


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Optus Sport is available as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for no extra cost, or for Optus prepaid customers, a $10 Optus Sport Add On is now available. Non-Optus customers and Optus customers ineligible for a monthly subscription may subscribe to Optus Sport for $14.99 per month.

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