The Football Association has plans to gain even more fans around the world, by offering a streaming service for the FA Women’s Super League.
Barclays Women’s Super League will be available for free in September! A new streaming platform, called FA Player, will offer live access to over 150 domestic women’s football fixtures worldwide.
English football fans will also have highlights from the Lionesses international matches as well as the Women’s FA Cup at the palms of their hand. This increases the chance to make them even more popular. This already happened with the NWSL, which has streamed in the United States on ESPN and Yahoo Sports, who make the games available on their app or website for the fans outside the US.
The progress arrives after record-breaking audiences watched the Women’s World Cup this summer. In the UK, BBC television coverage of the summer’s Women’s World Cup was watched by a cumulative total of 28.1m people, with England setting new viewing figure records four times. The climax was the semi-final against the USWNT, which hit a height audience of 11.7m.
Arsenal are the defending champions of the FA Women’s Super League, aka the FA WSL, and will be looking to defend their crown this season, which is set to begin in September.
In Brazil, according to FIFA, almost 59 million people watched the Canarinho’s last-16 game against hosts France, making it the most-watched women’s football match of all time.
What does it mean? Not too long ago, precisely in 1921, the FA declared football quite unsuitable for females, and outlawed that side of the sport. Around the globe, the same happened, but the game has been recovered the gap and we will certainly see in the next few decades an evolution of women’s football – let us discover the beautiful game!