Thursday 30 May 2019, 16:50

Bringing the deaf and hard of hearing closer to France 2019

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ will be the most watched edition of the tournament to date, with global audiences expected to top the 764 million viewers who tuned in during Canada 2015.

While FIFA on YouTube and will bring you all the highlights from the 52 matches played between 7 June and 7 July, a daily review of all the action in France will also be produced in International Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The 25 matchday videos will be on and FIFA on YouTube, allowing the 70 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing around the globe to enjoy all the key moments from the competition.

Maciej Joniuk, a deaf member of the FIFA Fan Movement, said: "It makes such a difference in the deaf community to have this option around the big tournaments. It is especially true for those of us who love football and want to follow all the action in France, which is sure to be thrilling."

FIFA published a short summary in International Sign Language of each match at Russia 2018 to a hugely positive reception, both from deaf fans on social media and global media outlets.

The video above shows exactly how these reviews are produced and tailored to the specific needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community.​