The upcoming UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona will be available to view for free in the UK, BT has confirmed.
In addition to its normal broadcast on BT Sport 2 HD, the match will be available for free on the BT Sport app, on the BT Sport website and on BT Sport’s YouTube channel on May 16.
The English club are in their first Champions League final, following a dramatic 5-3 aggregate win against Bayern Munich in the semi-final. Barcelona meanwhile overcame PSG in the previous round and will look to exorcise the demons of their 2019 loss in the final to Lyon. Both teams will be looking to lift the trophy for the first time in Gothenburg next Sunday.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Showing the highly anticipated UEFA Women’s Champions League Final advances our commitment to women’s sport, alongside BT’s partnerships with each of the four UK “Home Nations” Football Associations to inspire girls and women to participate in football.
“We hope making the game accessible to all without a subscription will encourage new fans to watch and engage with women’s football during this exciting period for the game.”
For Chelsea, the final will come after the club won back-to-back Women’s Super League trophies last weekend in broadcaster BT’s final coverage of the league.
In March, the WSL announced a ‘landmark’ rights deal with Sky Sports and the BBC which is believed to be worth around £8 million per year. Sky will show up to 44 live matches per season, while the BBC will show 22 matches per season.