Australia’s W-League secures US rights partner

US sports broadcaster ESPN has acquired rights to the Australian W-League women’s club football competition.

The length of the agreement was not disclosed, but the deal will at least cover the 2016-17 W-League campaign, which gets underway on Saturday.

ESPN will broadcast games live via its ESPN3 digital service.

A number of American players have joined W-League clubs ahead of the new season, including US international Erika Tymrak, who has signed for Melbourne City on loan from FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League.