TWITTER LANDS MEDIA RIGHTS TO BRAZILIAN TOP-FLIGHT LEAGUE
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has agreed on a broadcasting deal with the social media giant which will afford it exclusive rights to the 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino league phase as well as the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the two-legged final to also possibly feature on the platform. The deal forms part of efforts on the part of the CBF to give the women’s league heightened visibility. The games will be available live and as recaps globally, even for non-Twitter subscribers, via the platform’s Explore function. (Source: SportsPro Media)
BARCLAYS TO BE FIRST TITLE SPONSOR OF THE ENGLISH WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Yet another landmark sponsorship deal has been made in the women’s game. Barclays announced on Wednesday it will become the first title sponsor of the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) beginning next season. The partnership, lasting three years and valued in excess of £10 million, has been described by the FA as the “biggest ever investment in UK women’s sport by a brand”. Starting next season, the league will be known as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The deal includes an annual £500,000 prize fund and lead sponsorship of the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships programme.
It follows two weeks of noteworthy announcements in the women’s game, including Adidas revealing that all its athletes on the winning Women’s World Cup team will receive the same performance bonuses as their male peers, Nike’s unveiling as the official match ball supplier of UEFA women’s competitions, a Lucozade partnership with the Lionesses and Gatorade with Manchester City Women. (Source: The Guardian)
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR ONGOING
The trophy tour was launched last month in Paris, France and will see the ultimate football prize visit all 24 nations who will be taking part in this year’s edition. The trophy has already been to France, Jamaica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Republic of Korea and Japan. Its next three stops are China, Thailand, and Australia within the next week. (Source: fifa.com)
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (UWCL) MATCH MARRED BY FAN HOOLIGANISM
Chelsea FC Women hosted PSG Féminines at Kingsmeadow Stadium for the first leg of their UWCL quarterfinal clash on Thursday, which they won by 2 goals to nil. A group of fans of the away team caused criminal damage at the stadium some hours before kick-off and dispersed before police arrived on the scene, were then involved in disturbances at the Wimbledon and Waterloo stations and finally converged at the stadium before start of the match in the evening where their coach was searched and weapons including knuckle dusters and knives were found along with Class A drugs.
In a statement released on Friday morning, PSG expressed support for their fans and said a ban was unjustified. PSG fans were recently banned for two away matches as punishment for vandalism at a French League final against Lyon when they ripped up seats and stained walls of the Groupama Stadium with graffiti.
Incidences of this kind are virtually unheard of in the women’s game which is largely perceived as clean and non-violent. (Source: Sky Sports)
INDIA PICKS UP FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SAFF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Indian women’s national team achieved this feat on Friday after beating hosts Nepal 3-1 in the final, extending their winning streak in the tournament to 23 games. The champions scored a total of 18 goals and conceded just one over four matches. The hosts also had an impressive run of form, winning all games before falling to India, scoring 10 goals and conceding 3.
Both Maldives and Bhutan finished last in their respective groups after losing their two group matches. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka made it to the semi-final stage where they fell to India and Nepal respectively. India is the only team to have emerged champions at the biennial tournament since its inception in 2010.
39,000 WATCH JUVENTUS WOMEN VS FIORENTINA WOMEN MATCH AT ALLIANZ STADIUM
Following two weeks of great strides being made in the women’s game, Juventus Women played at the Allianz Stadium for the first time in a top of the table clash against Fiorentina Women which went the way of the hosts (1-0). Tickets for the game were free for club members and €5 for the general public. The previous attendance record for a women’s game in Italy was 14,000.
Just last week, a whopping 60,739 spectators trooped into the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Spain to watch Barcelona beat hosts Atletico Madrid 2-0 courtesy goals from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and England’s Toni Duggan. (Source: SportBible)