BBC lands rights to Wales’ Women’s Euro 2021 qualifiers

The Football Association of Wales has agreed a deal with UK public-service broadcaster the BBC for rights to the women’s team’s qualifying campaign for the Uefa 2021 European Championship.

The broadcaster’s Welsh division, BBC Cymru Wales, will broadcast,  for the first time, every Wales qualifier, with home games shown on BBC Two Wales, and every home and away leg live on BBC Radio Wales. There will also be coverage online on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Cymru Fyw.

The coverage starts on August 29 with the first away game against the Faroe Islands followed by the opening home match against Northern Ireland on September 3.

The BBC is attracting bigger audiences than ever before for its coverage of women’s football. Its coverage of the Women’s World Cup reached an audience of 28.1 million, and saw a peak of 11.7 million tune in for the England v USA semi-final making it the most watched programme of 2019 so far.

Last month, the broadcaster acquired exclusive UK rights to Euro 2021, which will be held in England.