ESPN will combine to present all matches of the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals across its television networks. The four matches will begin Wednesday, June 5, with the semifinal between Portugal and Switzerland at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, live from the Estádio do Dragão in the city of Porto, Portugal. The second semifinal – Netherlands vs. England from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães – will air on ESPN2 Thursday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m.
Soccer fans in America will have a new way to watch hundreds of live matches and exclusive content year-round – all for just $4.99 (or $49.99 a year) with the launch of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. At launch, the soccer programming lineup on ESPN+ will include more than 75 live matches in April alone – plus 23 Chicago Fire matches throughout the remainder of the MLS season to fans in the Chicago local market – and exclusive access to every episode of ESPN FC and ESPN’s 12-episode 2018 FIFA World Cup series The Last Train to Russia.
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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug. 6, and the trophy presentation immediately following the match.
The first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinal between U.S. Women’s National Team captain Carli Lloyd’s Manchester City Women and fellow USWNT star Alex Morgan’s Olympique Lyon will kick off live on ESPN3 on Saturday, April 22, at 8:45 a.m. ET. ESPN3 will air the second leg of the Manchester City-Lyon semifinals on April 29, at 2:45 p.m.
The UEFA Champions League returns to ESPN this Tuesday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m., with Barcelona vs. Celtic live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes +.
ESPN has reached an agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the rights to the UEFA European Football Championship 2020™ and all UEFA national team matches between 2018 and 2022. ESPN will be the exclusive English-language home in the United States for UEFA EURO 2020, which will be played in stadiums across 13 European nations to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Sunday’s UEFA EURO 2016 Final on ESPN and ESPN Deportes – a 1-0 victory in extra time to secure Portugal’s first-ever title in an international competition – ranks as the most-watched UEFA European Football Championship match on the ESPN networks. Based on Nielsen, the 2.5-hour telecast (3-5:30 p.m. ET) averaged 5,899,000 viewers combined for the game window on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The audience was up two percent from the 5,758,000 viewers who watched the UEFA EURO 2012 Final (Spain vs. Italy) on both ESPN English and Spanish-language networks.
In addition to the television coverage, ESPN3 Surround will offer exclusive content for all eight Round of 16 matches with four different UEFA EURO 2016 streams for each match – the Spider Cam feed, the Spider Cam triple-box feed, the Tactical Cam feed, and the Tactical Cam triple-box feed, offering fans alternate camera angles, experiences and stories around the game.
UEFA EURO 2016 (June 10 – July 10), will be the company’s most comprehensive coverage of this quadrennial event, which has increasingly grown each year as European soccer has increased its foothold in the sports marketplace in the United States. ESPN television networks will carry more than 300 live hours of UEFA EURO 2016 content combined during the competition. ESPN televised all 31 matches in 2008 and 2012.
ESPN has moved the opening match for the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 – France vs. Romania on Friday, June 10 – from ESPN to ESPN2. Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET with a one-hour pre-game program leading into kickoff at 3 p.m.