How to Watch European Soccer in the USA

June 13, 2010 - Mogadishu, SOMALIA - epa02201836 A picture made available on 14 June 2010 shows a Somali soccer fan adjusting the television screen as he watches the FIFA World Cup 2010 group D preliminary round match between Serbia and Ghana with his friends at a hideout in Mogadishu, Somalia, 13 June 2010. Radical Islamist insurgency groups in Somalia have threatened citizens saying that they will punish those who are caught watching the World Cup soccer matches with public flogging. Islamist militants are reported to be patrolling the areas they cotrol looking inside houses through windows to catch people in act. Despite the pressure from the militants, dicated soccer fans in Somalia are secretly watching the matches in dark rooms. On 12 June 2010 Somali insurgent group Hezb al-Islam militants killed two soccer fans as they attacked a house in northern Mogadishu where people were caught watching a game. The group also arrested 10 others at the house who were watching the match between Argentina and Nigeria.

If you’ve been intrigued by the World Cup but aren’t sure how to follow your favorite players during the club season, FFG is the place to be. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of channels that broadcast European soccer, and, in addition, we’ve also detailed channel availability according to cable provider. Let us know if we’ve missed any major cable companies.

GolTV – Normally available on a cable provider’s Sports Package, GolTV broadcasts a number of leagues. Depending on the provider, coverage may be available in either English or Spanish.

Leagues/Cups Broadcast: German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Europa League, Brazilian Series A

Fox Soccer Channel – The United States’ first soccer-only channel provides extensive coverage of England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League. FSC is usually offered on second or third tier cable packages.

Leagues/Cups Broadcast: English Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, , Ligue 1, Italian Serie A*

Fox Soccer Plus – Launched in the spring of 2010, FSC Plus carries premium matches (as determined by the station) not shown on Fox Soccer Channel. FSC Plus is a standalone offering and requires a monthly fee of $15.

Leagues/Cups Broadcast: Same as Fox Soccer Channel

ESPN -In 2009, the world’s most famous sports network acquired partial rights to England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga, though they only show one or two matches each week.

Leagues/Cups Broadcast: English Premier League, Spanish La Liga

FoxSoccer.TV – An excellent alternative to those unable to purchase FSC Plus, FoxSoccer.TV is a web service that offers live and delayed streams of matches from many different leagues. They offer a variety of purchase plans.

Leagues/Cups Broadcast: Same as Fox Soccer Channel

* FSC’s contract with Italy’s Serie A expired at the end of the 2009-2010 season. A renewal has yet to be announced.

Correction: FFG has been informed that Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus will broadcast Serie A matches through 2012.

Update: FSC has acquired the rights to Ligue 1 and will broadcast matches on their family of channels.

Cable Providers and Channel Availability

ProviderFSCGolTVFSC Plus
AT&TYesYesNo
ComcastYesYesNo
CoxYesYesNo
DirecTVYesYesYes
DishYesNoYes
Time WarnerYesYesSelect markets
VerizonYesYesYes
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  1. Gringo Primal says:

    France’s Ligue 1 isn’t covered?

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