Optus Sport has announced it has acquired the exclusive rights to stream the final of the Women’s FA Cup live and on-demand this weekend.
The decider, to be played at Wembley between Everton and Manchester City on Monday November 2, has special significance as it will feature Matildas winger, Hayley Raso, who will become the first Australian woman to play in an FA Cup Final.
Everton are two-time winners of the FA Cup, having previously won the trophy in 1989 and 2010. The Toffees face a tough challenge in overcoming Manchester City who are the current holders of the title, and who also won in 2017.
Raso will join Tim Cahill as having worn the Everton jersey on the fabled Wembley turf, with Joe Marston, Craig Johnston, Harry Kewell and Mile Jedinak the only other Australians to have played in an FA Cup Final.
The addition of the Women’s FA Cup Final strengthens Optus Sport’s position as the home of premium women’s football.
Optus has exclusive rights to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and has recently expanded its commitment to the WSL by showing every match live. This is a significant commitment and means that Optus Sport subscribers can watch every match featuring the 11 Australians playing in the competition.
Optus Sport has also launched a dedicated female football show, Women’s Football Oz Style, which provides a behind the scenes look at life for our Aussies in the UK, along with insight into why the league has quickly become the best in the world.
Optus’ Head of TV & Content Corin Dimopoulos said,
“As the home of premium football in Australia, we know Optus Sport plays a key role in helping grow the women’s game both here in Australia and around the world, so we are delighted to give Australians the chance to watch the Women’s FA Cup Final live and on-demand.
“Optus Sport is the natural home for such big matches and this one has extra interest because of Hayley Raso’s involvement as the first Australian woman to play in an FA Cup final.”
Australians will be able to watch the full match either live or on demand, with the Mini Match, highlights and post-match reaction from Wembley all available to view after the game.
The match will be the 50th final of the Women’s FA Cup, and is England’s leading cup competition for women’s football.