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Seven, Optus Close To Women’s World Cup Deal

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Seven, Optus Close To Women’s World Cup Deal

Seven West Media are close to a deal with Optus, which will see the broadcaster become the free-to-air home of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The telco giant, who acquired the rights to broadcast all 64 matches last year, have sought after a free-to-air broadcast partner to simulcast key matches and finals when the tournament commences next July.

Multiple sources close to the negotiations have said Seven has emerged as the preferred bidder, after Network Ten and Paramount failed to meet the financial expectations Optus wanted.

Additionally, sources said both FIFA and the FA have no input, however, must be notified of the final decision.

Despite anti-siphoning laws requiring free-to-air channels to be given the chance to bid for the rights, the women’s tournament doesn’t, meaning Optus doesn’t legally have to sell any free-to-air rights, however, FIFA requires a certain degree of free access for its major tournaments.

Seven landing the rights deal will add a fourth football broadcaster in Australia, with Optus covering the Premier League, FA Women’s Super League and LaLiga, Stan with the UEFA Champions League and Ten broadcasting the A-Leagues, Socceroos and Matildas’ friendlies and AFC matches.

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