Just as Sam Kerr signs for the Blues, it has been announced that the Women’s Super League is to be broadcast, live, for the next three years across Australia. Coincidence?
The new TV deal with something called Optus Sport starts on what is being dubbed women’s football weekend – this coming Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17.
Among the games is Chelsea v Man Utd at a sold-out Kingsmeadow, where more than 5,000 tickets have been snapped up. Fans hope that Kerr, the Aussies’ greatest footballing export, will be unveiled before the match, although she will not start playing for Chelsea until January.
The TV deal will see Optus Sport broadcast approximately 50 live matches a full season and around 40 fixtures of the current 2019/20 season. The broadcaster will also transmit a highlights programme after each round.
“This is our first deal in the Asian region and demonstrates the ever increasing global appeal of the league,” said the FA’s Tom Gracey.
However, it also means that the FA Player – on which it’s possible to watch WSL matches – will be blocked Down Under.