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FIFA Women's World Cup Won't air on Irish TV

None of the Irish TV broadcasters picked up FIFA's Women's World Cup, which begins in Canada tomorrow (6/6/15). While there is no Irish interest in the tournament with neither Northern Ireland nor the Republic of Ireland qualifying for the games. CCÉ contacted all of the Irish broadcasters about their plans to cover the Women's World Cup all failed to respond to the request for information. The EBU signed an agreement for live broadcast and online coverage for the games for 17 EBU member states including the Republic of Ireland. The new president of the EBU is RTÉ's head of Television, Glen Killane (former Head of Sports with the broadcaster). No arrangement was made by any of the Irish broadcasters to attain the broadcast rights, even placing agreements for coverage with RTÉ or the EBU.

This must be a blow to women in sport. Meanwhile, RTÉ2 continues to lose an audiences and you would think as a Public Service Broadcaster with access to the Women's World Cup Canada 2015 they would have made sure of airing the games on a public service basis. Or that UTV Ireland would consider the games as part of their limited sports programming. Perhaps a good fit for TV3's RWC coverage, or TG4's GAA Ladies Football or Setanta's offering.

The Women's World Cup is available across the BBC, with coverage available on BBC 2 and BBC 3. The BBC will not carry all of the games live on a broadcast channel instead opting for coverage on the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Women's World Cup Coverage Canada 2015

Key dates

Group stage

Sat 6 June - Wed 17 June

Last 16 stage

Sat 20 June - Tue 23 June

Quarter-finals

Fri 26 June - Sat 27 June

Semi-finals

Tue 30 June - Wed 1 July

Match for third-place

Sat 4 July

Final

Sun 5 July

Schedule is subject to change and new programmes will appear once confirmed.

Saturday, 6 June

Group A: Canada v China (23:00) - 22:30-01:00, BBC Three

Sunday, 7 June

Group A: New Zealand v Netherlands (02:00) - 01:50-04:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group B: Norway v Thailand (18:00) - 17:50-20:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group B: Germany v Ivory Coast (21:00) - 20:30-23:00, BBC Three

Monday, 8 June

Group D: Sweden v Nigeria (21:00) - 20:50-23:00, BBC Red Button (second-half). Full match on BBC Sport website & app.

Group D: USA v Australia (00:30) - 23:50-02:30, BBC Two

Group C: Cameroon v Ecuador (00:00) - 23:50-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Tuesday, 9 June

Group C: Japan v Switzerland (03:00) - 02:50-05:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group F: France v England (18:00) - 17:30-20:00, BBC Two (followed by World Cup Forum, 20:00-20:15, BBC Red Button & Online), BBC Radio 5 live.

Group F: Colombia v Mexico (21:00) - 20:50-23:00, BBC Red Button & Online (second-half). Full match on BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV.

Group E: Spain v Costa Rica (21:00) - 20:50-23:00, BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV

Group E: Brazil v South Korea (00:00) - 23:50-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Thursday, 11 June

Group B: Germany v Norway (21:00) - 20:30-23:00, BBC Three

Group A: China v Netherlands (23:00) - 22:50-01:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group B: Ivory Coast v Thailand (00:00) - 23:50-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online (second-half). Full match on BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV.

Friday, 12 June

Group A: Canada v New Zealand (02:00) - 01:45-04:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group D: Australia v Nigeria (22:00) - 21:45-00:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group C: Switzerland v Ecuador (00:00) - 23:50-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Saturday, 13 June

Group D: USA v Sweden (01:00) - 00:30-03:00, BBC Two

Group C: Japan v Cameroon (03:00) - 02:45-05:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group F: France v Colombia (18:00) - 17:45-20:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group F: England v Mexico (21:00) - 20:30-23:15, BBC Three, BBC Radio 5 live

Group E: Brazil v Spain (21:00) - 20:45-23:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group E: South Korea v Costa Rica (00:00) - 23:45-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Monday, 15 June

Group B: Thailand v Germany (21:00) - 20:45-23:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group B: Ivory Coast v Norway (21:00) - 20:45-23:00, BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV

Tuesday, 16 June

Group A: Netherlands v Canada (00:30) - 23:50-02:30, BBC Two

Group A: China v New Zealand (00:30) - 00:15-02:30, BBC Red Button & Online

Group C: Ecuador v Japan (22:00) - 21:30-00:00, BBC Three

Group C: Switzerland v Cameroon (22:00) - 21:45-00:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Wednesday, 17 June

Group D: Nigeria v USA (01:00) - 00:45-03:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group D: Australia v Sweden (01:00) - 00:45-03:00, BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV

Group F: England v Colombia (21:00) - 20:30-23:15, BBC Three, BBC Radio 5 live

Group F: Mexico v France (21:00) - 20:45-23:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group E: Costa Rica v Brazil (00:00) - 23:45-02:00, BBC Red Button & Online

Group E: South Korea v Spain (00:00) - 23:45-02:00, BBC Sport website & app, Connected TV