Women break through as World Cup voices

World Cup broadcast booths were long dominated by male voices. That started to change four years ago, when in-game analysts included Aly Wagner on Fox, Viviana Vila on Telemundo, Sparks on BBC and Claudia Neumann on Germany’s ZDF.

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November 18, 2022 - 2:13 PM

Minnesota United color commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin, right, and Callum Williams set up the Loons' game against the Philadelphia Union on the Fox Sports North pregame show at Allianz Field in St. Paul on Sunday, June 2, 2019. De St. Aubin will take a break from United coverage to call the Women's World Cup in France in June. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

The World Cup will sound different this year.

Jacqui Oatley will become the first woman play-by-play commentator for U.S. World Cup telecasts, heading one of Fox’s five broadcast teams for the tournament in Qatar that opens Sunday.

Pien Meulensteen, Vicki Sparks and Robyn Cowen are among the broadcasters for matches on BBC in Britain.

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