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BBC nets rights to inaugural SheBelieves Cup

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC will show each of England’s games at the inaugural SheBelieves Cup, a new women’s national team football tournament.

The tournament has been organised by U.S. Soccer, the governing body of football in the country, and will be competed for by England, Germany, France and host nation the US. Three venues in Tennessee and Florida will stage the tournament from March 3-9.

England’s opening match of the tournament against the US in the early hours of March 4 will be broadcast live on the BBC One channel. England’s games against Germany on March 6 and France on March 9 will be shown via the interactive Red Button service and on the BBC Sport website.

The SheBelieves Cup derives its name from the ‘SheBelieves’ initiative, which was launched ahead of last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup, which was won by the US. The initiative aimed to inspire young girls both inside and outside sport.

The competition will serve as the final major national team event prior to this summer’s women’s football competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.