Fifa Women's World Cup: BBC to show all games

Women's World Cup
Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Frankfurt, beating the United States 3-1 on penalties after drawing 2-2 after extra time

Every game from next year's Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada will be broadcast by the BBC.

England have qualified for the tournament which will be shown on BBC Two, BBC Three and the Red Button.

Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website will also offer extensive coverage.

"The BBC offers a huge platform to showcase one of the largest women's sports events to a British audience," said director of Fifa TV, Niclas Ericson.

The tournament starts on 6 June with the final in Vancouver on 5 July.

The announcement ensures it will be the most comprehensive coverage ever of a women's international football tournament and follows the BBC's coverage of the Women's Euros in 2013, regular coverage of the Women's Super League and England internationals.

"We're delighted to be adding the Fifa Women's World Cup 2015 to our portfolio of women's sport," said Barbara Slater, the BBC's director of sport.

"Our coverage of women's football goes from strength to strength and there continues to be a strong appetite for it. We look forward to bringing our audiences the excitement and drama of another major women's international football tournament."

England have never made it past the quarter-final stage of a World Cup but qualified for the 2015 finals by winning all of their games.

They will find out who they face in the group matches when the draw is made in Ottawa on 6 December.

Next year's tournament has already had a controversial build-up following a players' protest at the use of artificial pitches.

A group of leading players have filed a lawsuit, claiming sexual discrimination over the decision not to play on grass.

Canada have refused to enter talks with the players despite a human rights tribunal suggesting mediation in the row.