RTÉ and TG4 will show every game from this summers FIFA Women’s World Cup live and free to air.
Despite neither the Republic of Ireland nor Northern Ireland having qualified it still promises to be a transformational event for Women’s football and Women’s sport in general.
The BBC will also be showing the whole tournament with all the natural spill over benefits that brings across wider media.
Beginning on Friday 7 June with the Opening Ceremony and the Group A meeting of hosts France and Korea, RTÉ and TG4 will share coverage throughout the duration of the tournament.
RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will broadcast 23 matches including three of the quarter-finals, one semi-final and the final on Sunday 7 July.
TG4 will broadcast 29 matches in total including the opening match, one quarter-final, one semi final, the match for 3rd place as well as highlights of the final.
“RTÉ are delighted that alongside TG4 we can, for the first time ever, bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup in its entirety free-to-air to Irish viewers,” said RTÉ Head of Sport Declan McBennett.
“It is particularly fitting to be making this announcement exactly six months on from the launch of the 20 x 20 initiative to create a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport.”
“TG4 has been a proactive supporter of Women’s Sport for many years,” added Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sport at TG4.
“This new collaboration is another step in the right direction and ties in well with the very important 20×20 campaign. It is also a great example of how Public Service Media outlets can collaborate to bring the best of television content, free to air, to loyal audiences.”
Now is the time to press all media to give a significant level of coverage to the tournament, and make sure demand for the games rewards those who have taken the chance to find space on the schedules.