Women's Super League to be shown on the BBC
Last updated on .From the section Football
BBC Two will air four FA Women's Super League programmes next season, providing goal round-ups, highlights, features and previews of England's World Cup qualifiers.
The BBC Sport website will also feature a weekly goals round-up throughout the Women's Super League season.
It will be the first WSL coverage to be shown on terrestrial television.
The Football Association's Kelly Simmons said: "This can be a watershed moment for the game in England."
The weekly goals round-up will also be shown on the BBC News Channel as part of Friday's Sportsday.
Simmons, the FA's director of national game and women's football, added: "Our elite football league being shown consistently on terrestrial television will enable us to take the game to a wider audience and engage new fans in the sport and, hopefully, inspire many more young girls to play the game."
In addition, BBC Two will air two further shows previewing women's football.
On 20 May Jacqui Oatley will look at the women's FA Cup final, ahead of of the game on 26 May.
A second programme on 8 July looks ahead to the European Championships which can be watched on BBC Three and BBC Two.
From autumn 2013, the BBC will also show England's World Cup qualifiers for the tournament in Canada in 2015.
BBC director of sport Barbara Slater said: "We're delighted to be increasing our coverage of women's football across all of our platforms. We look forward to bringing our audiences a great range of women's football over the coming months."
The women's game is growing in the UK and hopes are high for England's women in the tournament in Sweden. England lost 6-2 to seven-time winners Germany in the final four years ago.
It is far better at representing female athleticism and standing alone as a sport. Women's football will always be in the shadow of men's football. Women's hockey on the other hand compares very well against men's hockey and more to the point i'd recommend it over women's football any day!
the BBC opens up a blog on womens footy 4 times a year
it gets 400 comments with most saying they're not interested
so BBC, take the hint. put it on after 2am by all means so all those people who champion it can watch it (or not watch it, which is probably the case)
Nevermind it'll show the BBC are committed to equality television, but not actually quality television!
I spoke the truth. Womens football is rubbish!
Lets be honest, Sky have nearly all the premier events and present them superbly - the BBC are resigned to showing second rate sports events that hardly anyone wants to watch.
Without wanting to sound too condescending to women's football it will never attract the audience our licence fee warrants!
However, if a game clashes with men's football or rugby (league/union) they will miss out.
In the last 12 months only 11,000 people have seen fit to part with a fiver to watch England women play. There is no interest in women's sport, no interest=no way to justify coverage. That is not ignorance, or misogyny -- it is fact.
And yes, they do have more chance of success, but club is king, Rob. No-one cares about England so long as their club wins.
Its finally nice to someone with intelligence on this comment thread.
Women's football might have low attendance rate, but having its on say ITV or Channel 5 replacing half the rubbish consumer based shows would really boost its viewing and populace. it seems no matter our views we will be badly voted by the masses tonight, its quiet shocking in this day and age.
Your childish comment made no sense.
Football is a global sport played by ALL ages and BOTH sexes, why should'nt the different variants of it deserve to be viewed on TV in the UK by BBC or ITV or channel 5 just because you find it less entertaining doesnt mean others do, dont drag me down to your level of intelligence just because you dont favor anything other the male version.
Women's football is a minority sport (in terms of viewing figures, I'll bet it will be on a par with Bowls) and so this is the right place for it.