ESPN's Women's World Cup TV schedule

The big international soccer tournament this summer will take place on the women's side of the game. Sixteen of the world's top national teams will gather in Germany for a World Cup that is shaping up to be the biggest spectacle for the sport since the 1999 Tournament here.

Yes, that includes the 2003 tournament that was played in the United States, including games in Philadelphia. That's in part because it was moved out of China at the last minute, but Germany is due some real credit. The nation has embraced women's soccer more than any other European country, and now will host the Women's World Cup for the first time.

The word from FIFA is that the famed Olympic Stadium in Berlin will be sold out for Germany's opening match against Canada. With a capacity of 74,228 seats, that will make for one of the largest crowds in women's soccer history. Other matches already sold out include Germany's two other group games, one of the quarterfinals, both semifinals and the final.

Although the other stadiums in use will be smaller than Berlin's, the report I linked to above noted that 515,000 of the available 800,000 tickets were sold before the general public sale began. That is an impressive accomplishment.

Here is ESPN's schedule for broadcasts of Women's World Cup games in the United States. All games will also be streamed on and ESPN's mobile webcasting service. Twenty-eight of the 32 games will be called by announcers on-site in the stadiums.

We know that Ian Darke, ESPN's lead soccer announcer, will be one of the play-by-play voices. It's not yet known who the other voices will be. It certainly would not be surprising if former U.S. national team midfielder Julie Foudy is involved, given her regular involvement with soccer broadcasts on ESPN.

Ancillary programming will include pre-game and post-game studio segments live from Germany.

All times listed below are Eastern.

Group Stage

Sunday, June 26: Nigeria vs. France (Group A) at Sinsheim, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, June 26: Germany vs. Canada (Group A) at Berlin, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Monday, June 27: Japan vs. New Zealand (Group B) at Bochum, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Monday, June 27: Mexico vs. England (Group B) at Wolfsburg, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 28: Colombia vs. Sweden (Group C) at Leverkusen, 8:45 am. (ESPN)
Tuesday, June 28: United States vs. North Korea (Group C) at Dresden, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, June 29: Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea (Group D) at Augusburg, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Wdnesday, June 29: Brazil vs. Australia (Group D) at Moenchengladbach, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, June 30: Canada vs. France (Group A) at Bochum, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, June 30: Germany vs. Nigeria (Group A) at Frankfurt, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, July 1: Japan vs. Mexico (Group B) at Leverkusen, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Friday, July 1: New Zealand vs. England (Group B) at Dresden, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, July 2: North Korea vs. Sweden (Group C) at Augusburg, 7:45 a.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, July 2: United States vs. Colombia (Group C) at Sinsheim, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, July 3: Australia vs. Equatorial Guinea (Group D) at Bochum, 7:45 a.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, July 3: Brazil vs. Norway (Group D) at Wolfsburg, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, July 5: England vs. Japan (Group B) at Augusburg, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, July 5: New Zealand vs. Mexico at Sinsheim, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, July 5: France vs. Germany (Group A) at Moenchengladbach, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, July 5: Canada vs. Nigeria (Group A) at Dresden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 6: Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil (Group D) at Frankfurt, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, July 6: Australia vs. Norway (Group D) at Leverkusen, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, July 6: Sweden vs. United States (Group C) at Wolfsburg, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, July 6: North Korea vs. Colombia (Group C) at Bochum, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Saturday, July 9: B1 vs. A2 (Match 26) at Leverkusen, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, July 9: A1. vs. B2. (Match 25) at Wolfsburg, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, July 10: C1. vs. D2. (Match 27) at Augusburg, 6:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, July 10: D1. vs. C2. (Match 28) at Dresden, 11:00 a.m. (ESPN)


Wednesday, July 13: Match 26 winner vs. Match 28 winner at Moenchengladbach, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, July 13: Match 25 winner vs. Match 27 winne at Frankfurt, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Third Place Match

Saturday, July 16: Semifinal loser vs. Semifinal loser at Sinsheim, 11:00 a.m. (ESPN2)

Championship Game

Sunday, July 17: Semifinal winner vs. Semifinal winner at Frankfurt, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN)