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Sport1 offers free-to-air exposure for Women’s Champions League quarter-finals

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired rights to the Uefa Women’s Champions League quarter-final ties featuring German sides.

The broadcaster has secured rights to both legs of VfL Wolfsburg’s clash with Scotland’s Glasgow City, beginning with the away leg on March 25 at 8.30pm (CET). Sport1 will show the second leg on April 1 at 6pm.

Rights to both legs of Bayern Munich’s tie with defending champions Lyon have also been secured by Sport1. The first leg takes place on March 25 at 6pm, followed by the return leg on April 1 at 8pm.

Sport1 said that the coverage will mark the first time that it has shown all quarter-final matches involving German clubs on free-to-air television.

Currently, only the broadcast rights to the final are centrally marketed by Uefa, football’s European governing body, with the clubs responsible for the sale of rights to their home leg in all earlier knockout rounds.

However, Uefa has put plans in place to centralise all media rights from the group stage onwards in a revamped Women’s Champions League from the 2021-22 season onwards. Under the new approach, Uefa will market the media rights from a new 16-team group stage onwards, with the governing body producing coverage of every match for television and digital platforms.