With 100 Days Remaining, Fox Sports Sends Out Scheduled Programming for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Celebrating the 100-day countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Fox Sports unveils its lead announcers, programming and company-wide digital and marketing plans for the month-long tournament. From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, July 7, the brand offers unprecedented coverage live from Paris’ iconic Place du Trocadéro on its television and digital platforms. Legendary broadcaster JP Dellacamera and former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner lead Fox Sports’ world-class broadcast team for the 2019 tournament. All 52 matches air live, including 22 on broadcast television – more than any FIFA Women’s World Cup ever – and 27 on FS1. The announcements were made by David Neal, Executive Producer, of FIFA World Cup on Fox and Vice President of Production, Fox Sports.
“In 100 days, one of the biggest moments in global sports will take center stage on Fox Sports,” says Neal. “Given the caliber of the event, we named Aly, a trailblazer in the industry, and renowned announcer JP to lead our expansive coverage. Our programming schedule reflects the scale of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and our commitment to it following our unprecedented coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.”
Dellacamera has covered 14 FIFA World Cups (nine men’s, five women’s) on TV and radio, while this summer’s tournament will be Wagner’s third (two women’s, one men’s) as a broadcaster. During last summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Wagner made U.S. English-language television history as the first woman to call a men’s FIFA World Cup. The duo will start the Road to France, calling tonight’s USA-Japan SheBelieves Cup matchup at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.
Fox Sports offers more than 800 hours of coverage across linear and digital, including two daily studio shows – FIFA Women’s World Cup Live and FIFA Women’s World Cup Today – live from Place du Trocadéro in Paris. Fox’s set is located within the famed Palais Chaillot at Café de l’Homme, offering the iconic Eiffel Tower as a visual backdrop. The FIFA Women’s World Cup Now show, live-streaming in the U.S. on Twitter every matchday, also originates from the Paris studio, featuring Fox Sports personalities, highlights, and fan interaction. Late night TV studio coverage originates from Fox Studios in Los Angeles with Fox Soccer Tonight, wrapping up the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup and Concacaf Gold Cup headlines.
In addition to its live show, a key part of the Fox Sports-Twitter collaboration (more details here), @FOXSports and @FOXSoccer provide near-real-time highlights for every goal, plus additional content, especially around the U.S. WNT to elevate top moments. Pre-FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 content begins today ahead of tonight’s SheBelieves Cup coverage including match highlights, the popular “90 in 90” video recaps, insights and Twitter Q&A’s from Fox Sports on-air talent, player interviews and Twitter Moments that curate all the best tweets and content around the top storylines.
On the field, the U.S. Women’s National Team headlines the 22-match lineup on Fox, facing Thailand (Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00 PM ET), first-time World Cup participant Chile (Sunday, June 16 at 12:00 PM ET) and No. 9-ranked Sweden (Thursday, June 20 at 3:00 PM ET) in Group Stage action. The tournament concludes Sunday, July 7, at 11:00 AM ET on Fox with the final match to crown the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 champion.
In celebration of the 100-day mark, today Fox Sports airs its “Remember Us” promo spot, which is part of the “All Eyes on Us” campaign, and features the U.S. Women’s National Team across Fox, FS1, FS2, Fox News, and its Regional Sports Networks. In addition, all on-air elements include customized 100-days branding.