DAZN LAUNCHES SEASON TWO OF UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GLOBAL COVERAGE
To celebrate the meteoric rise of women’s football and in anticipation of the jaw-dropping action in store from the competition this season, DAZN unveils new campaign film “This Is ELITE”
2022-23 season marks second and final of four-year deal in which all 61 matches will be available on both DAZN and DAZN’s YouTube channel
October 18, 2022 – On the heels of a historic first year in DAZN’s landmark partnership with UEFA and YouTube – which saw 64+ million total views generated globally by fans tuning in from 230+ markets – global sports entertainment platform and host broadcaster DAZN is set to launch coverage of the highly-anticipated 2022-23 season of the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL). For the second year of the multi-year deal, all 61 matches from the start of the group stage tomorrow to the final in May will be available live on DAZN and free globally on DAZN’s UWCL YouTube channel.
“Following last year’s record viewership, including a final alone that saw 4.1 million live views, DAZN has further grown as a global home of women’s football and we are ready to engage more fans and further fast-track the commercial growth of the sport worldwide,” said Shay Segev, CEO, DAZN Group. “Consistently increasing global coverage of women’s sports and athletes to reach a similar breadth and depth as men’s is critical to creating lasting change. We are committed as ever to this mission going into what’s set to be another sensational UWCL season globally, alongside an exciting slate of other elite women’s football rights we’ve acquired across key markets – including Liga F, FA WSL, Women’s FA Cup, WE League, and Frauen-Bundesliga just to name a few.”
Below, a taste of what’s coming up this UWCL season for fans on DAZN and DAZN’s YouTube channel.
“This Is Elite”
In its debut season as global broadcaster, DAZN’s award-winning “We ALL Rise” campaign and collection of films last year drew attention to the first-time global availability of the competition and DAZN’s long-term vision of the unstoppable ripple effect more visibility will have on taking the women’s competition to new heights. “This Is Elite” is the latest campaign evolution, shifting focus to the raw talent and skill of the players and clubs that make UWCL the elite football competition that it is.
The short launch film equally celebrates the historic and meteoric rise of women’s football as it does hype up the jaw-dropping action fans can expect this upcoming season. Featured within are electrifying highlights from just some of the elite players that make the competition so special – faces that are increasingly becoming household names around the world – from back-to-back Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas to Wendie Renard to Ada Hegerberg.
Building on this, a special five-part “This Is Elite” series to be released throughout the season on both DAZN and DAZN’s YouTube channel will shine a light on the biggest stars in the UWCL today as they reveal what they believe to be their own most elite moments, goals, teammates, and opponents. To kick it off, a host of ‘Elite’ compilations have already been dropped, featuring a medley of players – from Sam Kerr to Vivianne Miedema – and their breathtaking skills and biggest plays.
DAZN’s Historic Pundit Squad Returns
The biggest on-air team ever assembled to cover women’s football for a single broadcaster returns, including dozens of professional commentators from across England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Portugal and new voices from Albania and the Czech Republic.
Together, they will once again guarantee that every single match for the season will be available for global audiences in up to three languages: 1. home team language 2. away team language and 3. if not already covered, English. This marked a first in UEFA Women’s Champions League history last year and contributed towards the millions tuning in live for each match all over the world. Moreover, also guaranteed this year will be even more behind-the-scenes access – from more literal camera access to more areas, to pre-game buildup and flash interviews with coaches and players planned for every single match.
Notable names in DAZN’s women’s football pundit squad include lead English commentators Pien Meulensteen (seasoned sports broadcasting and women’s football pro currently working with DAZN, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, and Premier League Productions); Adam Summerton (long-time football commentator currently with DAZN, BT Sport, Prime Video, and UEFA), and Vicki Sparks (first woman to commentate on a live World Cup match on British television and this year’s lead Euros commentator for BBC Radio). Across the rest of Europe, some of the biggest voices in women’s football on DAZN’s on-air squad include Romain Balland in France, Marcus Buhlund in Sweden, and David Kalous in the Czech Republic.
Next Round of Content Unveiled
Beyond the live broadcasts and “This Is Elite” campaign series, DAZN is again committed to keeping fans on the pulse of everything football with a nonstop stream of social content, with a focus on balancing between showcasing the elite on pitch skills paired with fantastic off pitch personalities.
New series include:
UWCL Classic Comms
Throughout the season, DAZN will release 20 YouTube Shorts of classic moments from past UWCL seasons, commentated over by the very players themselves responsible for those moments. The series promotes the new YouTube Shorts tool ‘Remix’ – with which fans around the world will be able to take footage from DAZN’s UWCL live streams throughout the season and get creative with them via ‘Remix’ with their own recreations or other fun edits. The first featuring Lyon’s Amandine Henry is already out and you can check it out HERE.
- 1 Minute Master
With 10 episodes planned throughout the group stage, DAZN’s new quiz series ‘1 Minute Master’ will feature star players from 10 different UWCL clubs. Each episode will see 4 teammates compete in the ultimate general knowledge quiz and answer as many questions correctly as possible in 60 seconds. The winner of each episode will be crowned the club’s 1 Minute Master.
- The Big Question
In another new content series, UWCL stars will answer ‘The Big Question’ – a series of very random questions where, in pairs, players from the same club will be encouraged to think deeply and philosophically about some rather silly yet truly thought-provoking ‘would you rather’ questions.
- The Match Up
DAZN will also be releasing season two of its successful interview format series, ‘The Match Up.’ Led by new host Pien Meulensteen, ‘The Match Up’ will see the biggest names from the world of women’s football chatting all things life on and off the pitch, as we give fans the chance to get to know their new favourite players.
All content will be available in full on DAZN’s UWCL channel as well as available as snackable snippets on the @DAZNFootball Twitter and Instagram social channels.
Tune in Starting Tomorrow – on DAZN & DAZN’s YouTube Channel
With UEFA Women’s Champions League, it all begins tomorrow as the 16 top European contenders go head-to-head in pursuit of championship glory – live on DAZN and on YouTube. The full schedule is below (all times listed in BST) and you can subscribe to DAZN here or to DAZN’s UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channel here.
Wednesday 19 October
- Zürich vs Juventus (17:45), Bayern vs Rosengård (17:45)
- Barcelona vs Benefica (20:00), Lyon vs Arsenal (20:00)
Thursday 20 October
- Vllaznia vs Real Madrid (17:45)
- Paris vs Chelsea (20:00), Roma vs Slavia Praha (20:00)
Wednesday 26 October
- St. Pölten vs Roma (17:45), Real Madrid vs Paris (17:45)
- Slavia Praha vs Wolfsburg (20:00), Chelsea vs Vllaznia (20:00)
Thursday 27 October
- Juventus vs Lyon (15:45), Rosengård vs Barcelona (15:45)
- Arsenal vs Zürich (20:00), Benefica vs Bayern (20:00)
Wednesday 23 November
- Paris vs Vllaznia (17:45), Slavia Praha vs St. Pölten (17:45)
- Roma vs Wolfsburg (20:00), Chelsea vs Real Madrid (20:00)
Thursday 24 November
- Zürich vs Lyon (17:45), Barcelona vs Bayern (17:45)
- Juventus vs Arsenal (20:00), Benefica vs Rosengård (20:00)
Wednesday 7 December
- Rosengård vs Benifica (17:45), Lyon vs Zürich (17:45)
- Arsenal vs Juventus (20:00), Bayern vs Barcelona (20:00)
Thursday 8 December
- Wolfsburg vs Roma (17:45), Vllaznia vs Paris (17:45)
- St. Pölten vs Slavia Praha (20:00), Real Madrid vs Chelsea (20:00)
Matchday 5Wednesday 15 December
- Rosengård vs Bayern (17:45), Juventus vs Zürich (17:45)
- Benifica vs Barcelona (20:00), Arsenal vs Lyon (20:00)
Thursday 16 December
- Vllaznia vs Chelsea (17:45), Roma vs St. Pölten (17:45)
- Wolfsburg vs Slavia Praha (20:00), Paris vs Real Madrid (20:00)
Matchday 6Wednesday 21 December
- Lyon vs Juventus (17:45), Zürish vs Arsenal (17:45)
- Barcelona vs Rosengård (20:00), Bayern vs Benifica (20:00)
Thursday 22 December
- Slavia Praha vs Roma (17:45), St. Pölten vs Wolfsburg (17:45)
- Real Madrid vs Vllaznia (20:00), Chelsea vs Paris (20:00)