February 21, 2024

Arsenal’s Women’s Super League (WSL) game against Everton on Saturday afternoon will not be available for live streaming due to a scheduling error.

    • WHAT HAPPENED?

      WSL matches are freely accessible on the Football Association’s official streaming site. But this particular fixture, scheduled at 14:00 GMT, clashes with the UK’s Saturday afternoon blackout period, prohibiting live football broadcasts between 14:45 and 17:15 (UK time). Hence, the match will only be viewable on screens after its completion in the UK, while it will still be streamed live abroad.

WHAT THE FA SAID

A statement released by the FA read: “Due to UEFA’s Article 48, Arsenal’s home game against Everton will not be live on FA Player this week. The game will instead be available to watch on FA Player shortly after the conclusion of the match.”

  • Arsenal WSL 2023-24 Beth MeadGetty

    THE BIGGER PICTURE

    This oversight in scheduling arose despite WSL clubs agreeing on preferred kick-off times before the season and notifying the FA. Both teams decided to move the Saturday meeting forward to allow more recovery time for players, and initially, no issues regarding broadcast rights were raised. It was too late when the issue was flagged to the FA as tickets were already sold and there was little time to reschedule the fixture.

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    WHAT NEXT?

    The incident has prompted discussions about the need for a more centralized process, which will possibly be led by NewCo, an independent group that is set to take over the WSL. Negotiations for a new broadcast deal will be a key priority for NewCo as the existing agreement with Sky Sports, BBC Sport, and the FA expires at the end of the current campaign.

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