All 32 Matches Live and in HD; Mobile and Digital Coverage
ESPN will present comprehensive coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup June 26 – July 17 from nine cities across Germany. All 32 matches will be aired live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 as well as ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.
ESPN will air 23 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. ESPN2 will feature nine matches. All programming on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available online through ESPNnetworks.com, which is accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated provider.
Coverage will begin Sunday, June 26, on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV, with the first match of the three-week tournament – Nigeria vs. France – beginning at 8:45 a.m. ET from the Rhein Neckar Arena in Sinsheim. The opening match of the tournament featuring host nation and defending FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Germany vs. Canada will air on ESPN, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV, later that day at 11:30 a.m. from the Berlin Olympiastadion.
Pre-match, Halftime and Post-match Segments
All 32 matches will be aired live, including 28 with match commentators at the match sites in Germany. Additionally all match telecasts will feature pre-match, halftime and post-match studio segments originating live from the host nation. The pre-match segments will include all symbolic FIFA World Cup traditions – the teams walking onto the pitch, the national anthems and ceremonial handshakes.
ESPN’s signature broadband network will provide live online simulcasts of all 32 matches, including ESPN and ESPN2’s live pre-match, halftime and post-match segments.
Additionally, the matches will be archived and accessible to fans on ESPN3.com through the end of August 2011. All matches will be available for replay on ESPN3.com shortly after their completion.
ESPN3.com is one of the premier broadband destinations for live soccer events featuring England’s Barclays Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Italian soccer (Serie A, Coppa Italia) and more.
ESPN Mobile TV
ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN’s 24/7 mobile sports television network, will feature live coverage of the matches from ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts with the exception of six matches.
ESPN TV On Demand
ESPN TV On Demand, available in more than 35-million homes, will distribute all matches same day and the next day, and each match will be available to fans for two weeks.
THE U.S. Women’s National Team
The U.S. Women’s National Team, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and currently ranked No. 1 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, will kickoff its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign against Korea DPR (ranked No. 6) live on ESPN, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV Tuesday, June 28 at 11:45 a.m., from the Rudolf Harbig Stadion in Dresden. Other U.S. first round matches:
Sa 7/2 ESPN/ESPN3.com at 11:30 a.m.
USA vs. Colombia
Wed 7/6 ESPN/ESPN3.com at 2:30 p.m.
Sweden vs. USA
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Groupings
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|1 Germany||1 Japan||1 USA||1 Brazil|
|2 Canada||2 New Zealand||2 Korea DPR||2 Australia|
|3 Nigeria||3 Mexico||3 Colombia||3 Norway|
|4 France||4 England||4 Sweden||4 Equatorial Guinea|
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup TV Schedule – ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com
u All times EASTERN u Schedule is subject to change u All matches in high definition
u FIFA match #s
|Date||Time||Network||Match||Group||Site||Match No. (#)|
|Su 6/26||8:45 a.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Nigeria vs. France||A||Sinsheim||2|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Germany vs. Canada||A||Berlin||1|
|Mo 6/27||8:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Japan vs. New Zealand||B||Bochum||3|
|11:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Mexico vs. England||B||Wolfsburg||4|
|Tu 6/28||8:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Colombia vs. Sweden||C||Leverkusen||6|
|11:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||USA vs. Korea DPR||C||Dresden||5|
|We 6/29||8:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Norway vs. Equa. Guinea||D||Augsburg||8|
|12 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Brazil vs. Australia||D||Moenchengladbach||7|
|Th 6/30||11:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Canada vs. France||A||Bochum||10|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Germany vs. Nigeria||A||Frankfurt||9|
|Fr 7/1||8:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Japan vs. Mexico||B||Leverkusen||11|
|12 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||New Zealand vs. England||B||Dresden||12|
|Sa 7/2||7:45 a.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Korea DPR vs. Sweden||C||Augsburg||14|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||USA vs. Colombia||C||Sinsheim||13|
|Su 7/3||7:45 a.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Australia vs. Equa. Guinea||D||Bochum||16|
|12 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Brazil vs. Norway||D||Wolfsburg||15|
|Tu 7/5||12 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||England vs. Japan||B||Augsburg||19|
|12 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||New Zealand vs. Mexico||B||Sinsheim||20|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||France vs. Germany||A||Moenchengladbach||17|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Canada vs. Nigeria||A||Dresden||18|
|We 7/6||11:45 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Equa. Guinea vs. Brazil||D||Frankfurt||23|
|11:45 a.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Australia vs. Norway||D||Leverkusen||24|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Sweden vs. USA||C||Wolfsburg||21|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Korea DPR vs. Colombia||C||Bochum||22|
2nd Stage – Quarterfinals
|Sa 7/9||11:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||1st B vs. 2nd A||Leverkusen||26|
|2:15 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||1st A vs. 2nd B||Wolfsburg||25|
|Su 7/10||6:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||1st C vs. 2nd D||Augsburg||27|
|11 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||1st D vs. 2nd C||Dresden||28|
2nd Stage – Semifinals
|We 7/13||11:30 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Winners: Match 26 vs. 28||Moenchengladbach||30|
|2:15 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Winners: Match 25 vs. 27||Frankfurt||29|
Third Place Match
|Sa 7/16||11 a.m.||ESPN2/ESPN3.com||Losers – 29 vs. 30||Sinsheim||31|
2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match
|Su 7/17||2 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN3.com||Winners – 29 vs. 30||Frankfurt||32|
ESPN and the FIFA Women’s World Cup
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will mark the fifth straight time ESPN has televised the international competition. ESPN and ESPN2 combined to air six matches of the 1995 Women’s World Cup from Sweden. In 1999, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC televised all 32 matches, and in 2003, when the competition was moved to the US due to the threat of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the networks featured 18 matches. ESPN and ESPN2 televised all 32 matches of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: A Synopsis
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the world’s largest single-sport team event for women. Contested every four years, this is the sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup competition. The inaugural competition debuted in China (1991), 61 years after the first men’s (FIFA World Cup) tournament in 1930. The United States and defending champion Germany are two-time winners of the championship. Norway has one title.
Women’s World Cup Champion Host Nation
1991 USA China
1995 Norway Sweden
1999 USA USA
2003 Germany USA
2007 Germany China
2011 ??? Germany
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