Women's football scores goal as BBC increases coverage
The BBC is to increase its commitment to women's football with a range of programming.
Jacqui Oatley will front two new preview shows on BBC Two. The first will assess the FA Women's Super League ahead of the FA Cup Final, which will be shown on the channel on May 26.
The second will look ahead to the Women's European Championship, which this year takes place in Sweden in July and will be shown in full on BBC Three, with the final broadcast on BBC Two.
BBC Two will also air four FA Women's Super League programmes - a mixture of goals round-ups, highlights and features. England's World Cup qualifiers will also be shown live on the BBC.
In addition, BBC Sport online will feature a weekly goals round-up throughout the whole WSL season, which will also form part of Sportsday on the BBC News Channel.
The increased coverage follows the success of the women's GB football team at the Olympics this past summer. Their matches on the way to the quarter-final exit won over new audiences.
Director of Sport Barbara Slater says there is 'strong audience appetite' for more coverage of the Women's Super League.
Kelly Simmons, the FA director of National Game and Women's Football, believes the League is having a 'watershed moment'.
'Our elite football league being shown consistently on terrestrial television will enable us to take the game to a wider audience and engage new fans into the sport and, hopefully, inspire many more young girls to play the game.'
Sports commentator Jacqui Oatley will also be one of three new presenters of Late Kick Off, the BBC's football league programme shown on BBC One.
- Women's FA Cup Super League preview, May 20, BBC Two
- Women's FA Cup Final, May 26, BBC Two
- Women's UEFA European Championship preview, July 8, BBC Two
- Women's UEFA European Championship, starts July 10, BBC Three; final, July 28, BBC Two