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Seven unveils commentary team for FIFA Women’s World Cup


As Australians gear up to cheer on the Matildas at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup next month, it’s been revealed 7SPORT anchor Mel McLaughlin and broadcasting icon Bruce McAvaney will lead Seven’s coverage.

Australians will be spoilt with the best of world football, from July 20 to August 20, staged across Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever in what is sure to be the biggest sporting event of the year.

As the Matildas go for glory, 7SPORT will be there each step of the way with 15 key matches – including the opening match, quarter-finals, semi-finals, the final and every Matildas game – to be broadcast live and free on Channel 7 and 7plus.

McLaughlin will deliver on her vast FIFA World Cup experience alongside broadcasting great Bruce McAvaney, who will bring his profound sporting expertise and lyricism to the tournament.

They will also be joined by host and commentator Adam Peacock and 7SPORT presenter Emma Freedman for the special event.

Drawing on their experience and close ties to the national team, Matildas star and two-time Olympian Elise Kellond-Knight and three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup star Heather Garriock will also play vital roles as game-day pundits.

Broadcasting icon Bruce McAvane and 7SPORT anchor Mel McLaughlin. Credit: 7NEWS

Veteran football commentator David Basheer will be calling all the action with insights from former Matildas player and emerging broadcast talent Grace Gill.

McLaughlin will also host a 30-minute highlights show to air from 2pm each day.

Featuring daily highlights of all matches, McLaughlin will discuss all breaking news and views of the day alongside TikTok football favourites and content creators Kat Sasso, Danielle Pierrello, Tom McGowen and Nick Stavropoulos.

Seven’s Head of Network Sport and Managing Director of Seven Melbourne, Lewis Martin, said the FIFA Women’s World Cup was set to be “the most exciting sporting event of the decade”.

“The 7SPORT family could not be more thrilled to be harnessing the passion for the world game and sharing that enthusiasm and athletic excellence with our audience, which is already treated to the best in AFL, cricket, horse racing and motorsport, live and free on ‘Your Home of Sport’,” he said.

“Our own Mel McLaughlin is living her childhood dream at the helm of such an historic competition, while Bruce McAvaney’s love for all sport shows in every event he covers and this global tournament will be no different.”

“So, settle into your front-row seat on Channel 7 and 7plus and watch the greatness unfold.”

Watch the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, from July 20 on Seven and 7Plus.

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Source: 7News