DAZN will broadcast next week’s prestigious Women’s International Champions Cup live in over 120 countries and territories worldwide, including the UK.
Moreover, the tournament – which features four of the premier European and American club teams and includes many players that have just won Olympic medals – will also be made available for free in those markets on DAZN’s new YouTube channel dedicated to women’s football.
The announcement follows the news that DAZN has secured global rights to the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the next four seasons in a landmark deal. As part of the agreement, the entirety of this season and next season’s competitions will be made available for free, worldwide, via YouTube.
Portland Thorns will host the tournament and face an all-American clash against Houston Dash at Providence Park on 18 August. Meanwhile that same day, UWCL holders Barcelona take on the reigning WICC champions Olympique Lyonnais.
This will set up a Europe vs. USA final on 21 August, with the winners of the first two matches battling it out for championship glory and to be named world’s best women’s club.
The full schedule of events is as follows:
- Weds 18 Aug, 1:30 a.m. BST: Olympique Lyonnais vs. FC Barcelona
- Weds 18 Aug. 18, 04:00 a.m. BST: Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash
- Sat 21 Aug, 12:30 a.m. BST: 3rd Place Match – American Team vs. European Team
- Sat 21 Aug, 03:00 a.m. BST: 1st Place Match – American Team vs. European Team
James Rushton, Co-CEO, DAZN Group, said: “We are thrilled to have secured the rights to the Women’s International Champions Cup, which features two of the best teams from the National Women’s Soccer League going up against two fierce rivals from the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“At DAZN, we are deeply committed to growing women’s football and women’s sport overall by bringing more visibility to elite competitions, such as the WICC, than ever before; that’s why making next week’s tournament available on DAZN as well as on YouTube for free was a no-brainer, to reach even more existing and new fans alike with what’s sure to be two epic days of action.”
The WICC will be available live and on demand with English language commentary as well as French and Spanish commentary for those respective matchups. Fans can tune in on DAZN and DAZN’s YouTube channel in more than 120 markets across Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. The full list of territories can be found here.