It’s been an excellent start to the Women’s Super League season for Arsenal as they opened with a 6-1 victory over Reading last weekend and followed that up with a 9-1 away victory at West Ham United on Saturday. It is also a landmark year for the WSL in terms of regional television contracts, with some of the recruitment into the WSL driving overseas interest.
Last season, the FA introduced the free FA Player app, which shows every FAWSL game free of charge all over the world. That was true all over the world and the only exception in the UK was when a game was being carried by BBC or BT Sport. In the UK this season, nothing has changed. Every single WSL game (as well as selected Conti Cup and FA Cup games) are streamed free of charge on the FA Player other than matches shown live by BBC or BT Sport.
Across the globe, things have become a bit more complex in some regions due to individual TV deals being struck. So here is an explainer on where you can watch the games and, to reiterate, wherever you are in the world, every single Arsenal WSL game is available for you to watch. The FAWSL Facebook page always carries highlights of games too and they are uploaded at midday the day after a weekend match. The FA Player allows you to rewatch all matches in full at your leisure too. I would also recommend following @miedemastuff on twitter, who posts where matches are being broadcast on the day of each game (I would also advise following @miedemastuff generally, who is a great source of Arsenal Women stats, info, video clips and AWFC coverage).
In the UK
As mentioned above, every single game is shown on the FA Player app, unless the match is carried on BBC or BT Sport. BBC has a 30 minute WSL highlights show every Sunday evening too, usually at 8pm on the BBC Red Button and it is available on the iplayer thereafter.
? Highlights & Full Match on the FA Player now! ?
— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) September 13, 2020
In the US
Again, all games are available on the FA Player app, with the exception of matches that will be shown live by NBC Sports. NBC will be showing 50 live games from the WSL this season across NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBCSN. You don’t need a subscription to watch these matches online, as you do with Premier League matches NBC streams, but you probably need a cable subscription to NBCSN. But watch out, because sometimes the games aren’t broadcast live but are streamed on delay (particularly the midday kickoffs in the UK which, obviously, take place at pretty unsociable hours stateside). Selected games are streamed on atafootball.com. Basically, if you’re in the US you have to keep an eye on the NBC listings, otherwise the game will be on FA Player.
From this season, Sportsnet will carry 50 live FAWSL games as well as the FA Cup semi-finals and final. Every game is available to watch free of charge on the FA Player save for the ones that will be screened live on Sportsnet.
Optus Sport will carry 50 live FAWSL matches for the next two seasons. The FA Player is geoblocked in Australia and Optus Sports is the only outlet that carries WSL coverage. Every Thursday, Optus also carries a WSL magazine show called ‘Women’s Football Oz Style’ hosted by Alicia Ferguson. I would also recommend The Far Post podcast, featuring Samantha Lewis (twice a guest on the Arsenal Women Arsecast), Anna Harrington and Marissa Lordanic which focuses on Australian players in the FAWSL.
— Samantha Lewis (@battledinosaur) August 29, 2020
Germany and Italy
Starting this season, DAZN will be streaming 44 WSL games live. Every other game will be live and available for free on the FA Player, except for the 44 that DAZN are streaming, so check your local listings.
Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic
All games are shown free of charge on the FA Player app, except for those carried by Sky Mexico, who broadcast around 50 games a season. So check your local listings.
Scandinavia and Finland
Around 50 games a season are shown live by NENT. The ones that aren’t aren’t available live on the FA Player but are available on the app the next day.
Every single WSL match is carried live by the FA Player app, completely un-geoblocked.