2011 Women's World Cup: ESPN Has Every Blade Of Grass Covered
Most fans of professional women’s soccer already know that today kicks off one of the biggest events in the game on the international stage. For those that have not heard that the Women’s World Cup starts today, June 26th. And ESPN has it covered – literally.
Every game of the 2011 Women’s World Cup takes place in Germany and every game will be broadcast live on either ESPN or ESPN2. Each of the 32 matches from June 26 – July 17th will be covered from pre-match to post-game.
This is the fifth straight Women’s World Cup the network has shown. Approximately 40 million viewers saw ABC’s telecast of the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (when the US won in dramatic fashion).
ESPN plans to capture every type of soccer fan in its coverage of the tournament with its pool of commentators. The network is providing a credible mainstream presence with Bob Ley in the studio. Fans that watch the men’s European leagues will create a connection with Ian Darke and Adrian Healey, both of which are seasoned commentators that call soccer matches throughout the globe. Rebecca Lowe is also a familiar face to fans of the European game and she’ll be a prominent member of ESPN’s studio team.
The popularity and familiarity of the USA’s golden generation and the 1999 World Cup champions contributed several commentators to the ESPN team. Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Briana Scurry, Brandy Chastain and Tony Diciccio will all play a role in the coverage. Beth Mowins also joins the crew as one of ESPN’s top female play-by-play commentators.
With a diverse crew of broadcaster’s and in-depth coverage of each match, ESPN seems to have made the 2011 Women’s World Cup a top priority this summer. The stage is set and the coverage is provided; after four years of waiting it is up to the best teams in the world to leave their fans with a long-lasting impression.
Editor’s note: Here’s the TV schedule for the 2011 Women’s World Cup.