TG4 strike deal to show live Women’s National League games

The action gets underway with Shelbourne welcoming DLR Waves on October 2nd

Shelbourne’s Noelle Murray celebrates scoring a goal against DLR Waves earlier this season. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shelbourne’s Noelle Murray celebrates scoring a goal against DLR Waves earlier this season. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

TG4 will begin broadcasting live matches from the Women’s National League after agreeing a deal with the FAI.

In what will be a first for the League - which was established in 2011 - a national broadcaster will show four league games free-to-air over the coming weeks and they will also be available globally via the TG4 Player App.

The live matches begin with title-chasing Shelbourne’s clash with DLR Waves at Tolka Park at 5pm on October 2nd.

Shels currently sit a point behind league leaders Peamount who have a game in hand as the season nears its conclusion. Wexford Youths are also still in the mix three points behind Shels with a game in hand.

Sacar Beo will be presented by Galway sports broadcaster Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, who will be joined by a team of expert football analysts including Uefa A Licence coach Laura Cusack and former Cork City manager Ronan Collins.

TG4’s Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: “TG4 is delighted to have football back on the station and we look forward to an action-packed season from the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League. We are very proud to continue to lead the way in broadcasting of women’s sport in Ireland and to bring the best of sporting action to our audiences.

“This announcement reaffirms our dedication to the broadcasting of women’s sport in Ireland. In 2021 TG4 has brought the Women’s Australian Football League and the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Rugby Championship to Irish TV audiences for the first time, while also increasing their coverage of the LGFA Lidl Leagues by 150%.”

League of Ireland Director Mark Scanlon welcomed the announcement by saying: “It is fantastic to be able to raise the profile of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League even higher by teaming up with TG4 to give the players even more visibility through the broadcasting of live games.

“We have enjoyed unprecedented success with LOITV this season, where every game has been available to stream live for free. But having a national broadcaster come onboard to promote the League is a huge milestone.

“It’s important that we continue to improve in all areas of promoting the game. We are excited to work with TG4 and will hopefully attract even more newcomers to the League as a result of this partnership.”

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