CBS SPORTS ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO BARCLAYS FA WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE ACROSS PARAMOUNT+ AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Barclays FA Women's Super League Matches Will Air Beginning in Summer 2022
CBS Sports and the English Football Association (the FA) today announced a multi-year deal for CBS Sports to become the exclusive U.S. English-language rights holder of the Barclays FA Women's Super League (BFAWSL), one of Europe's top women's soccer leagues. Matches will appear across Paramount+ and CBS Sports Network, with coverage during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 WSL seasons.
CBS Sports will deliver 57 BFAWSL matches during both the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons. CBS Sports Network will air a select number of those matches exclusively, with the majority streaming on Paramount+.
"The Barclays FA Women's Super League features some of the most recognizable soccer brands in the world, and is an excellent addition to CBS Sports' premium soccer portfolio," said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. "We look forward to bringing the exciting action of the BFAWSL to fans across Paramount+ and CBS Sports Network. With our wide array of soccer properties and robust year-round match coverage, we are a must-have for soccer fans."
"We are delighted to be partnering with CBS Sports for the next two seasons and are looking forward to the coverage they beam to households across the United States," said James Ralley, the Football Association's head of broadcast and media rights. "Their delivery of soccer, whether men's or women's, is of the highest quality, and their reputation within the industry is one that is growing rapidly. We look forward to working with them over the next few years."
The Barclays FA Women's Super League features 12 clubs, including popular teams such as Manchester United and star players including Arsenal and U.S. Women's National midfielder Tobin Heath and Chelsea star forward Sam Kerr, the all-time leading goalscorer in NWSL history.
Paramount+, a leading destination for U.S. soccer fans, now features more than 2,000 live matches each year with the addition of the Barclays FA Women's Super League competition. The extensive portfolio of soccer properties includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League and UEFA Youth League; UEFA Women's World Cup Qualifying; NWSL; the Women's Cup; Concacaf national team competitions (Men's World Cup Qualifiers, Women's World Cup Qualifiers, Men's Nations League and Women's Nations League); Italy's Serie A; Argentina's Liga Profesional de Fútbol; Brazil's Campeonato Brasileirão Série A; the Scottish Professional Football League (cinch Premiership, cinch Championship and Premier Sports Cup); and Asian Football Confederation competitions (AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, AFC Champions League, AFC Women's Asian Cup and AFC Asian Cup).
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
The Barclays FA Women's Super League was launched in 2011 as an eight-team, semi-professional competition. Over the last 10 years, the league has become fully professional and is now home to 12 clubs, all of which operate full-time. The campaign runs from September to May, with Chelsea being the current league title holders. Within the 10 previous seasons, Chelsea have won the league title four times, Arsenal three times, Liverpool twice and Manchester City once.