The channels will also have live coverage of the London derby between Chelsea Ladies and Arsenal Ladies on August 29, as well as the Merseyside derby with Liverpool Ladies at home to Everton Ladies on September 12.
The first live game on BT Sport following the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 will be the big clash between leaders Liverpool and two-times champions Arsenal at Halton Stadium on Saturday, August 3. Kick off is 7pm.
BT Sport’s live games from the league will conclude with a match to be chosen at a later stage on either the penultimate or last round of the season, on September 15 or 29. However, BT Sport will also have live coverage of the season finale Continental Cup Final on Friday, October 4.
There will also be a weekly highlights show, starting at 6pm on August 6 and running for eight weeks until the season concludes in October. Simon Green, director of BT Sport, said: “Fans of the FA WSL will be delighted with the tremendous line-up of exclusively live matches we’ve got in store at BT Sport.
“Starting with the current league leaders Liverpool Ladies taking on the current champions Arsenal Ladies, we are showing the best games live.
“The high profile coverage of England at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 competition in Sweden is sure to further increase the awareness and appreciation for the women’s game in the UK. We believe the FA WSL can develop and grow significantly in the next few years and we hope that we’ll be able to advance that process with some stimulating and top quality live coverage.”
Kelly Simmons, director of Women’s Football at The FA, added: “We are delighted to start working with BT Sport on our live FA WSL coverage, the plans in place are very exciting and we are all looking forward to the return of season three post-Euro 2013, with a strong selection of live matches. The kick off match on BT Sport between Liverpool and Arsenal on August 3 should be a fantastic game between two top teams and we hope fans old and new will tune in to watch women’s football at its best.”
BT Sport is a founding partner for a new commercial programme for women’s football from 2014-18. In addition to the FA WSL, it has acquired rights for the England Women’s Senior Team and the FA Women’s Cup.
BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays Premier League – including 18 “top pick” matches – and all 69 live rugby matches from the Aviva Premiership, of which BT will be the sole and exclusive live broadcaster.
The channels will also offer hundreds of top flight live matches from football leagues around the world including Italy, Germany, France, Brazil, Australia and the US. Plus live football from Scottish Professional Football League top flight and 10 Rangers matches, up to 25 FA Cup ties, including the final, as well as live coverage from the UEFA Europa League and the Football Conference.
The channels will also feature WTA women’s tennis, action from the UFC, and Moto GP from 2014.
FA WSL EXCLUSIVELY LIVE GAMES ON BT SPORT 2013
Liverpool Ladies v Arsenal Ladies, August 3, KO 7pm
Bristol Academy Women v Liverpool Ladies, August 10, KO 7.45pm
Chelsea Ladies v Arsenal Ladies, August 29, KO 7.30pm
Liverpool Ladies v Everton Ladies, September 12, KO 7.30pm
Continental Cup Final, October 4, KO 7.30pm
FA150 – supporting football since 1863
The FA is the not-for-profit, governing body of football in England. It is responsible for growing participation and regulating the sport, so everyone can enjoy it.
The grassroots game has seven million people of all ages playing football in parks, on playgrounds and in organised league football. There are 1,100 such leagues, collectively totalling 29,000 clubs and 115,000 teams. Together, they see approximately two million people play organised football at least once a week. Helping run the grassroots game throughout the year are 400,000 volunteers, more than 300,000 coaches and 27,000 qualified referees from different backgrounds.
The wider game in England now sees 30 million tickets sold to professional football in this country every season. At the international apex of the game, there are 24 England teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football. Up to half the population watches when the England men’s senior team plays key tournament matches.
Football is the nation’s favourite game.
Exciting, engaging and inclusive activities will take place during 2013 as The FA calls upon the country to celebrate its diverse football heritage. The aim will be to grow participation still further during The FA’s 150th anniversary year.