Mel McLaughlin and Bruce McAvaney announced in full list of Channel 7 commentators for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

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.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Matildas’ nerves build as Seven unveils Women’s World Cup team.

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 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.

Mel McLaughlin and Bruce McAvaney to lead Seven’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on Channel 7 and 7Plus. Credit: 7NEWS

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.

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

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 FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 from July 20 on Seven and 7plus.

Full list of Channel 7 commentators for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Mel McLaughlin

  • 7NEWS Sydney presenter
  • 7Cricket host

Bruce McAvaney

  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame member
  • Olympic broadcaster 1980-2008, 2016-2020
  • Synonymous with AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Cup

Adam Peacock

  • A-League Men commentator
  • Football journalist
  • Grand Slam tennis commentator

Emma Freedman

  • 7Racing host
  • Olympic and Commonwealth Games presenter

Elise Kellond-Knight

  • 113 caps, two goals for Matildas
  • Olympic Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020
  • Women’s World Cup all-star team 2011, 2015
  • Asian Cup champion 2010
  • W-League champion and premier 2008-09, champion 2010-11

Heather Garriock

  • 130 caps, 20 goals for Matildas
  • Olympian Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
  • Women’s World Cup player 2003, 2007
  • Asian Cup champion 2010
  • W-League champion and premier 2009, premier 2010-11

David Basheer

  • FIFA World Cup commentator
  • European Championships commentator

Grace Gill

  • One cap for Matildas
  • Canberra United 2008-2016
  • A-League Women commentator

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