Women's International Champions Cup 2019: teams, ESPN TV schedule, venue, key players

Watch out for the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup with live match coverage across ESPN platforms. Burke Magnus, who has been serving as ESPN's Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling since 2015, underlined the network's commitment to engaging audiences in watching women's football on TV and online.

Following up on ESPN's new media rights agreement with Relevent Sports Group to cover the International Champions Cup, Magnus affirmed in March:

"We will now expand coverage of the event to include ESPN+ and we will add the Women's ICC as an important part of our company's soccer portfolio."

Daniel Sillman, RSG's CEO, echoed this statement by noting:

"We are proud to once again be working with ESPN, who has been the ideal broadcast partner, increasing the International Champions Cup's visibility to millions of fans."

He added that live broadcasting of the Women's International Champions Cup in Summer 2019 "will be hugely impactful in developing these tournaments into best of class properties."

Where to watch Women's ICC 2019 matches:

You can tune into the Women's International Champions Cup matches on:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPN Play and other ESPN platforms accessible in CONCACAF regions.

The maiden edition of the Women's International Champions Cup took place in 2018 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The four-day event was graced by four sides -- a third of the clubs that had initially welcomed the ICC's idea to set up a women's version of the biggest inter-continental pre-season club football tournament.

The 2018 Women's International Champions Cup had a semi-finals, third-place final, and ultimate final format with both semis staged on the same day (July 26) and the last two fixtures happening three days later. North Carolina Courage made sure to keep the trophy home as European guests Olympic Lyonnais Feminin, Manchester City Women's Football Club, and PSG Feminines finished second, third, and fourth respectively.

Where is the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup taking place?

The venue has been revealed and all the matches at the Women's International Champions Cup 2019 will take place at the WakeMed Soccer Park, the home of the reigning Women's ICC and NWSL champions. 

Who are the teams playing at the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup?

The participating teams looking to snatch the trophy away from North Carolina Courage on U.S. soil are:

- 2018 La Liga Iberdrola's champions, Atletico Madrid Femenino

- 2018 UEFA Women's Champions League winners, Olympique Lyonnais Feminin

- 2018 FA WSL second-placed Manchester City Women's FC

Who are the key players to watch at the Women's International Champions Cup 2019?

Spectators should be able to watch three-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champion Heather O'Reilly in action. The 34-year-old midfielder joined North Carolina Courage from Arsenal, last summer. She will be playing in her second Women's ICC in two years. 

Another illustrious Women's Football star to be excited about seeing this summer is the holder of the maiden edition of the Women's Ballon d'Or, 23-year-old Ada Hegerberg. The Norwegian striker will not feature in France 2019 after choosing to focus on her club career. Her freshness might just be what Olympique Lyonnais Feminin needs to be crowned victors in Carolina.

In the words of the Chief Executive Officer at Relevent Group, Daniel Sillman, "the women's game is every bit as compelling as the men's game, and it is a privilege to host a world-class tournament featuring these special athletes."

What is the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup's TV schedule?

Confirmed time, dates, and live broadcast listings of each fixtures will be available in due time on Live Soccer TV's 2019 Women's International Champions Cup page.

 

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