FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 on Canadian TV and Radio

The 2015 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup begins tonight with Canada taking on China from Edmonton. TSN, CTV and RDS will have live coverage of every game throughout the tournament. There will also be extensive coverage online at TSN.ca/FIFA

All Canadian games will be shown on CTV and RDS and through their respective apps/online streaming service. Encore presentations can be seen the following day on TSN and TSN GO. All 52 games will be covered across CTV and the TSN and RDS networks and their GO platforms with an extensive pre-game show for all matches and prime-time highlight recap shows during the tournament.

TSN has built a fancy new studio for World Cup coverage at their HQ in Toronto and thankfully, it comes without any gigantic touchscreens or huge floor monitors. TSN will take their coverage from FIFA’s world feed which will be the biggest and most advanced broadcast in women’s soccer. Europe’s top soccer directors have been flown in to spearhead the coverage of each match, which will be covered by 20 cameras throughout the stadiums, up from 16 for the previous Women’s World Cup. Two additional cameras will be added for the opening game as well as the semifinals and final — one high above in a helicopter and one not as high with the cable camera we are all familiar with by now.

TSN will have an extensive team bring viewers all the action: in-studio in Toronto will be Jennifer Hedger hosting with Kristian Jack and Clare Rustad breaking down the games. On-site will be host James Duthie, Kara Lang and TSN’s top commentary team Luke Wileman and Jason deVos calling all Canada matches. Sheri Forde reports for Sportscentre and in what will be a must-miss segments, Cabbie and Kate McKenna do “social reporting”.

TSN has produced more than forty original features for the World Cup, with Brian Williams being wheeled out to head up the big interviews and specials. They will air throughout the tournament during game coverage and Sportscentre and can also be found online. A list of them can be found here.

If you don’t have TSN, Fox will cover 16 games throughout the tournament including the first semifinal, third-place game and the final on July 5. Unfortunately none of the 16 will be Canadian games.

The full television schedule can be found in this previous post.

Throughout the tournament, six TSN Radio stations across Canada are joined by CFAX 1070 in Victoria, AM 1150 in Kelowna, and CKOC 1150 in Hamilton, as well as Sirius/XM 167 to deliver live radio coverage of the biggest women’s sporting event in the world. Fans can also listen live on TSN GO and on TSN.ca/Radio.

In a big month for soccer on TSN, they continue to provide live coverage of every match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup currently going on in New Zealand. That schedule can be found at TSN.ca.

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FIFA Extends Bell Media World Cup TV Rights Through 2026

CBC and Sportsnet will be shut out of broadcasting the World Cup until 2030, at the earliest. In a surprise announcement yesterday that nobody was expecting, FIFA said they were extending their television contracts in Canada with CTV/TSN/RDS and in the US with Fox Sports and Telemundo without a bidding process.

Back in 2011, Bell Media won the World Cup rights from 2015 to 2022 which includes World Cup’s in Russia, Qatar, and the Women’s World Cup later this year in Canada, as well as numerous smaller tournaments. This extension adds the 2026 World Cup to the agreement along with the following tournaments: Women’s World Cup 2023, U20 World Cup 2023 and 2025, U17 World Cup 2023 and 2025, Beach Soccer World Cup 2023 and 2025, Futsal World Cup 2024, U20 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, U17 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, and FIFA Confederations Cup 2025.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with FIFA and are proud to be the Canadian home of FIFA tournaments for the next 12 years,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “This is another big win for Bell Media and for soccer fans in Canada. We are ready to welcome the world to this summer’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ and are looking forward to showcasing the beautiful game for years to come.”

There is literally only one reason I can think of as to why FIFA would extend their agreements with these two North American broadcasters without the usual bidding process — a make-good gesture for when the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be moved from summer to the fall or winter. In the summer, the World Cup would be going against little other sports programming. With a move to the fall or winter, even with the time difference, World Cup games would clash with NFL and college football among other big-time programming.

Even more puzzling is awarding rights to a World Cup that has no location yet. There is a strong possibility that the USA and/or Canada could host the 2026 World Cup, which would’ve sparked a massive bidding war for record ratings, and we all know FIFA loves money. Now, this could be a major steal for Bell and Fox, something that no doubt is pissing off the ESPN suits.

As for CBC or Sportsnet, there is certainly little chance either network could afford FIFA rights anytime soon, but 2030 is a long time away in the sports media world, so maybe they’ll have a shot then.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Four Days, Forty Games*

FIFA World Cup 2014UPDATE: Sportsnet games confirmed for Tuesday, as well as one on GolTV.

With the addition of beIN Sport Canada streaming online for free (limited time only, see here for details), there is a plethora of options for Canadian football fans in the current round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Sportsnet, Sportsnet World Online, GolTV and beIN Sport Play will cover qualifiers from Europe, CONCACAF, South America and Africa with numerous countries looking to secure their place alongside Brazil, Australia, Japan, USA, Iran, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica and Argentina.

* May or may not be 40 games available, I was just going with a catchy title.

Friday October 11

Armenia vs. Bulgaria — 11am Sportsnet World
Croatia vs. Belgium — 12pm Sportsnet
Netherlands vs. Hungary — 1:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein — 2pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
England vs. Montenegro — 2:30pm Sportsnet
Germany vs. Republic of Ireland — 2:30pm Sportsnet One
Greece vs. Slovakia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World
Albania vs. Switzerland — 2:30pm SN 360 | SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Luxembourg vs. Russia — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Andorra vs. Romania — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Estonia vs. Turkey — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Denmark vs. Italy — 2:45pm RAI International
Portugal vs. Israel — 3:40pm GolTV
Spain vs. Belarus — 4:30pm Sportsnet 360
Honduras vs. Costa Rica — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Venezuela vs. Paraguay — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Colombia vs. Chile — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Ecudaor vs. Uruguay — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Argentina vs. Peru — 7pm beIN Sport Play
Sweden vs. Austria — 7pm GolTV (TD)

Saturday October 12

Burkina Faso vs. Algeria — 11:45am beIN Sport Play
Ivory Coast vs. Senegal — 12:45pm beIN Sport Play

Sunday October 13

Ethiopia vs. Nigeria — 8:45am
Tunisia vs. Cameroon — 12:45pm

Tuesday October 15

Ghana vs. Egypt — 11:45am beIN Sport Play
Azerbaijan vs. Russia — 12:30pm Sportsnet
Greece vs. Liechtenstein — 12:30pm Sportsnet One
Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina — 12:30pm Sportsnet 360
Portugal vs. Luxembourg — 12:30pm Sportsnet World
Hungary vs. Andorra — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Switzerland vs. Slovenia — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Romania vs. Estonia — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Turkey vs. Netherlands — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic — 2:15pm Sportsnet World Online
Serbia vs. Macedonia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World Online
Sweden vs. Germany — 2:40pm GolTV
Belgium vs. Wales — 2:45pm Sportsnet World Online
Italy vs. Armenia — 2:45pm Sportsnet World Online | RAI International
England vs. Poland — 3pm Sportsnet
Spain vs. Georgia — 3pm Sportsnet 360
France vs. Finland — 3pm Sportsnet World
Chile vs. Ecuador — 6:30pm beIN Sport Play
Uruguay vs. Argentina — 6:30pm beIN Sport Play
Paraguay vs. Colombia — 7:15pm beIN Sport Play
Panama vs. USA — 9:30pm beIN Sport Play
Jamaica vs. Honduras — 9:30pm beIN Sport Play

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule: September 6

A huge installment of FIFA World Cup qualifiers on the schedule for tomorrow, both on television and online. All times are ET.

Russia vs. Luxembourg — 10am Sportsnet
Czech Republic vs. Armenia — 11:45am Sportsnet World
Georgia vs. France — 2:15pm SN World Online / 9:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
England vs. Moldova — 2:30pm Sportsnet
Italy vs. Bulgaria — 2:30pm Sportsnet One
Serbia vs. Croatia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World
Scotland vs. Belgium — 2:30pm Sportsnet 360
Germany vs. Austria — 2:30pm SN World Online
Finland vs. Spain — 2:30pm SN World Online / 5:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
Republic of Ireland vs. Sweden — 2:45pm  GolTV
Northern Ireland vs. Portugal — 2:45pm SN World Online /  7:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
Poland vs. Montenegro — 2:45pm SN World Online
Liechtenstein vs. Greece — 2:45pm SN World Online

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Schedule: October 16

A bit of misinformation out there on Sportsnet’s World Cup Qualifying schedule, again. However, the correct schedule is now available thanks to the guys in Sportsnet’s soccer department. Ignore any previous information that states otherwise as well as your on-screen guides. They probably won’t update until tomorrow, if they do at all.

I’ve included live and delayed games. Delayed games are marked by an asterisk.

12:00pm – Ukraine v. Montenegro – GolTV
2:45pm – Austria v. Kazakhstan – GolTV
3:00pm – Poland v. England – Sportsnet ONE
3:00pm – Spain v. France – Sportsnet World
4:00pm – Honduras v. Canada – Sportsnet
5:00pm* – Portugal v. Northern Ireland – Sportsnet World
7:00pm* – Italy v. Denmark – Sportsnet World
9:00pm* – Romania v. Holland – Sportsnet World

On Wednesday October 17, Sportsnet World will also show these delayed matches
3:00am* – Croatia v. Wales
2:00pm* – Slovakia v. Greece
4:00pm* – Belgium v. Scotland
7:00pm* – Germany v. Sweden

Also of note, with Soccer on Canadian TV recently shutting down, I’ve attempted to revive the long-term Premiership schedule on here.

Don’t be surprised if there is news involving beIN Sport Canada and TLN soon. Stay tuned…

CBC, Sportsnet Combine to Show FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup begins this weekend in Japan. The tournament features the next generation of international women’s soccer stars. Expect some of the Canadian players to move on to the senior national team before the 2015 World Cup here in Canada. The Canadian team qualified by finishing 2nd in CONCACAF qualifying, losing to the United States in the final. Canada plays in Group D with North Korea, Norway and Argentina.

CBC will show all Canadian matches, as well as the final on tape delay. Sportsnet will re-broadcast Canadian matches in primetime. Sportsnet World will show 4 exclusive group stage matches. The TV schedule for the knockout stage is still to-be-confirmed.

Here is CBC’s press release, followed by the schedule after the break.

Sixteen under-20 women’s national teams are heading to Japan this month to stake their claim as the world’s best, and CBC has Canada covered with live broadcasts of all Team Canada games starting with the national team’s group play. Live coverage is available on CBC-TV and streaming live at cbcsports.ca.

CBC’s live coverage of Canada’s group play includes all three matches against their Group C opponents.

Andi Petrillo (@andipHNIC) hosts CBC’s coverage from the studio alongside analysts Nigel Reed (@Nigel_Reed) and former Canadian women’s national team member, Clare Rustad.

In addition to live streaming of each of team Canada’s matches on cbcsports.ca, Canadian fans can join the online conversation through Facebook and Twitter. Viewers can interact at facebook.com/cbcsports and by following @cbcsports and using the hashtag #CanFIFAU20.

All team Canada matches will be seen live on CBC-TV which concludes its FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup coverage with the Championship match on Saturday, September 8, 2012 . Check cbcsports.ca for up-to-date broadcast details.

This year marks Canada’s fifth participation at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place in Canada in 2014.

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