Celtic FC Women receive potential Champions League broadcast boost

By Euan Davidson

June 30, 2021

Celtic FC Women have already made history by reaching the Champions League Qualifiers.

However, they could also be part of history, should they make it through a convoluted qualification process. UEFA, DAZN and YouTube have announced that every UEFA Women’s Champions League game will be free-to-air.

It’s a landmark deal, which will allows fans from all over the world to enjoy the top European women’s talents going head-to-head. Should Celtic get through to the CL proper, then it’s worldwide exposure for a team making huge strides over very recent history.

DAZN announced on their YouTube channel:

“DAZN has acquired global rights to broadcast the UEFA Women’s Champions League and, to further grow the sport, has entered into a partnership with YouTube that will make the competition free for fans around the world for the very first time.

“This groundbreaking move reflects a deep-rooted belief shared by DAZN, YouTube, and UEFA in the unstoppable ripple effect more eyes will have on taking the women’s competition to new heights – where it belongs – while turning even more incredible athletes into household names and inspiring the next generation of players along the way.

“We are proud to bring visibility like never before to the athletes, Clubs, and the elite competition itself by ensuring fans globally can continuously follow the epic live action all season long, wherever they are, for free, in one easy-to-watch place – right here on this channel.”

What Celtic need to do to be part of Champions League history

Here’s the tricky part.

If you thought the qualification route for the men’s tournament was convoluted, wait until you’ve checked this out. On the 18th of August, Celtic will begin their qualifying campaign. To make it to the group stages, Celtic, through the ‘League Path’, require the following route [UEFA]:

“[League path clubs] will be drawn into four mini-tournaments of four teams each. The winners of the four finals will progress to round 2, into which six teams have direct entry. Five group stage places will be on offer in round 2.”

Fran Alonso’s Celtic are on the cusp of making further history / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Who will Celtic be potentially facing in this tournament-before-the-tournament? Debutants AC Milan are in the League Path, while Brondby, Arsenal and Zürich and Minsk offer stern seeded competition. The Ghirls are the second-lowest ranked team in qualifying. As such, they are unseeded, alongside the likes of Lokomotiv Moskva, Valur and Rosenborg.

Along with a breakthrough season ticket bonus, there’ll be plenty of eyes on Fran Alonso’s team regardless. However, the global audience of the Champions League will surely be a huge incentive for a team very much in the ascendency.

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