The eyes of the nation are on the Matildas as they take on England with a FIFA Women’s World Cup final spot on the line on Wednesday, August 16.
Spain awaits one of these two teams in the final, with the Matildas expected to shatter viewing records and pack out Stadium Australia, with a thrilling penalty shootout win over France in the quarter-final bringing the highest TV ratings since Cathy Freeman at the 2000 Olympics.
The Seven network have snapped up free to air TV broadcast rights for the World Cup, and will be broadcasting both semi-finals and, of course, the final.
The Matildas’ semi-final against England begins at 8pm (AEST), but Seven will begin pre-match coverage following the nightly news at 7pm. It will be on the main Channel 7, or 70 for HD-compatible TVs, in all states and territories.
It will be a similar story for the final on Sunday August 20 whether or not the Matildas are playing; while Seven currently do not have the rights for the third-place playoff on Saturday at 6pm (AEST), expect that to change should the Matildas lose to England.
Please note that unlike the men’s World Cup, SBS do NOT have broadcast rights for the Women’s World Cup.
7Plus is free to use – click the above link, create an account if you don’t have one already, click on the Matildas section on the homepage and get to watching from 7pm.
An Optus Sport sign-up will set you back $14.99 a month, but it’s free if you’re an Optus customer. Unlike with 7Plus, Optus Sport allows you to rewind for the big moments, or alternatively if you’re going to miss the start of the match, to watch it spoiler-free from the beginning at your convenience.
Here at The Roar, you can also tune into the action with our live blog of all Matildas matches, as well as video highlights, talking points and all the action from around Australia.