It’s hard to believe, but we’re now less than 75 days from the kickoff of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. FOX Sports, owners of the English-language broadcast rights in the U.S., and Telemundo Deportes, owners of the Spanish-language rights, recently unveiled the on-air talent who will be joining the broadcasters both stateside and in France.
Anchoring the FOX Sports studio team are well-known FOX Sports hosts Rob Stone and Kate Abdo, as well as co-host and correspondent Jenny Taft. Talent wise, the studio team also consists of former players – all of whom have an international pedigree, both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Heather O’Reilly – former U.S. Women’s National Team, World Cup champion
- Christie Pearce Rampone – former U.S. Women’s National Team, two-time World Cup champion
- Alexi Lalas – former U.S. Men’s National Team
- Ariane Hingst – former Germany Women’s National Team, two-time World Cup champion
- Kelly Smith – former England Women’s National Team
- Karina LeBlanc – former Canadian Women’s National Team
- Kate Gill – former Australian Women’s National Team
- Leslie Osborne – former U.S. Women’s National Team
- Eniola Aluko – former England Women’s National Team
Legendary announcer JP Dellecamera and former U.S. Women’s National Team player Aly Wagner will serve as the lead match coverage duo for FOX Sports and be joined by four additional broadcast teams:
- Derek Rae (calling his 11th World Cup) and Danielle Slaton (former U.S. Women’s National Team)
- Jenn Hildreth will be joined by Minnesota United analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin
- Glenn Davis (calling his 7th World Cup) is joined by Angela Hucles (former U.S. Women’s National Team)
- Lisa Byington and Cat Whitehill (former U.S. Women’s National team)
Rounding out FOX Sports coverage are Alex Curry as a U.S. Women’s National Team insider, Grant Wahl as a reporter-at-large, and FIFA referee Christina Unkel who will weigh in on broadcasts and studio coverage as a rules analyst.
The collective talent FOX Sports has assembled will appear before, during, and after all 52 matches, including 22 on broadcast television – the most in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
Telemundo has a ton of plans in store for this summer’s marquee international tournament. In conjunction with their Copa America coverage, Telemundo Deportes will feature more than 800 short-form content pieces, including highlights and original series to be featured across TelemundoDeportes.com, the Telemundo Deportes app, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. The content will also be tailored for TV segments. The broadcast network will also launch a late-night live show on Twitter streamed twice a week to highlight key moments, stories, and conversations.
Leading coverage for Telemundo Deportes will be the legendary Andrés Cantor. He will also be joined by a lot of well-known Telemundo personalities, including
- Ana Jurka
- Miguel Gurwitz
- Carlos Hermosilla
- Sammy Sadovnik
- Manuel Sol
- Copán Alvarez
- Karim Mendiburu
- Erasmo Provenza
Similar to FOX Sports’ approach, Telemundo Deportes wil also have several current or former players alongside host Ana Jurka and reporter Carlota Vizmanos, including Deyna Castellanos and Amelia Valverde. Castellanos is a current Venezuelan Women’s National Team player and finalist for Best FIFA Women’s Player and Valverde is the current coach of the Costa Rican Women’s National Team. The female-lead crew will also be joined by Viviana Vila, who made history last year as the first female to provide Spanish commentary during a FIFA Men’s World Cup.