5 live sports extra and FA agree deal on WSL matches

Liverpool women's football team Liverpool celebrate winning the Women's Super League title in 2013

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5 live sports extra will become the home of live women's football after agreeing a deal with the FA.

Together with 5 live, the station will have live commentary from Women's Super League matches alongside interviews with players and coaches, and extensive access to clubs.

Some of the commentary team will be current WSL players, who will use their expertise and knowledge to give listeners analysis.

The first WSL show will bring live action from Notts County versus Arsenal on April 16.

Jonathan Wall, controller of 5 live, said: 'The 2014 FA Women's Super League season is set to be the best yet and strengthens the impressive line-up of live sport we already have on sports extra.'

To complement 5 live sports extra's coverage, the BBC Sport website will have a twice-weekly goals round-up video throughout the WSL season, match reports, online goal highlights, news and features.

The deal with the FA - which includes coverage of at least 16 WSL games - reaffirms the BBC's ongoing commitment to increase its coverage of women's sport, in a bid to make it more mainstream.

Growing audiences

Last July, the BBC had unprecedented coverage of the Women's European Football Championship, with BBC Three broadcasting 14 live matches and the final shown on BBC Two.

The tournament reached audiences of about 9.9m (those who watched for three minutes or more).

Jacqui Oatley - who led the TV coverage of last year's Euros - has increasingly become the face of women's football on the BBC.

She will front eight new editions of the Women's Football Show on BBC Three. For the first show on March 31, Oatley will be joined by new England Women's head coach Mark Sampson and Natasha Dowie, last year's Player's Player of the Year.

There will also be coverage of qualifying matches from the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 on BBC Two and Three; and the final of the FA Women's Cup on June 1, also on BBC Two.

  • For a full list of women's football fixtures, go to the Sport website

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