CBC Sports and Rogers Sportsnet are joining forces to provide unprecedented coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup of soccer. For the first time, every match will be broadcast live in Canada. The coverage begins Sunday, June 26 on CBC when Canada opens the tournament against host Germany.
The partnership will see CBC air all matches involving Canada, including three of four quarterfinals, the semi-final, bronze and gold medal matches, all live. Rogers Sportsnet will air one quarterfinal match live, while also providing encore broadcasts of the quarterfinal, semi-final, bronze and gold medal matches. Additionally, in the early rounds, Rogers Sportsnet will provide live coverage of matches not involving Canada. The network will also produce nightly wrap-up shows. Under the agreement, Rogers Communications will also have rights to wireless and video-on-demand content.
CBC Sports will produce the match broadcasts, using on-air personalities from both networks.
"World Cup level soccer continues to grow in popularity, so it was important to us to be able to offer Canadians the full slate of matches in the FIFA Women's World Cup," said David Masse, Senior Director of CBC Sports. "We're pleased to partner with Rogers Sportsnet to use our combined resources to provide outstanding and unprecedented coverage."
"We are proud to be partnering with CBC and offering Canadians the very best from the FIFA Women's World Cup," said Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting. "This is a great tournament and Rogers Sportsnet is committed to giving our viewers access to the most exciting teams in the world."