Gol lands exclusive rights in Spain to Women's World Cup
Gol, the Spanish free-to-air digital terrestrial television sports channel owned by Mediapro, has acquired exclusive rights in the country to the forthcoming Fifa Women’s World Cup.
The channel will provide 150 hours of programming from the tournament being hosted by France, including special dedicated coverage of the Spanish national team.
The World Cup starts on 7 June, with Spain first in action a day later when they take on South Africa, before further games against Germany and China in the group stage. The event runs until 7 July.
Mediapro has also landed exclusive rights to this year's men's Fifa Under-20 World Cup to show on Gol.
The tournament, for which Spain have not qualified, takes place in Poland from 23 May to 15 June.
Women's soccer has grown in popularity in Spain recently and Mediapro's move for the World Cup rights comes after Telecinco, the free-to-air channel owned by Mediaset, drew a record average audience of 1.65 million viewers for the recent final of the Copa de la Reina, the women's cup competition, between Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.
Earlier this year, there was a world record attendance for a women's club match as more than 68,000 spectators watched the clash between Atletico and Barcelona at the former's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
In March, Mediapro retained rights to show matches from the Liga Feminina Iberdrola, the top Spanish women's league, in a three-year deal worth €9 million ($10 million).
• TMC, the French free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channel owned by commercial broadcaster TF1, drew an average of 780,000 viewers for its live coverage of Saturday's final of the Uefa Women's Champions League between Lyon and Barcelona.
Lyon won 4-1 in Budapest to clinch their sixth European title, and fourth in a row, in a match that was also shown in France by pay-TV operator Canal Plus.