Soccer fans in the United States who are looking forward to watching Premier League matches on television and online this weekend will want to refer to the following schedule to make sure they don’t miss any of the action. Reason being is that there have been several changes regarding which games will be shown on which channel.
Both Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN made changes. The typical early kick-off on a Saturday will be shown on Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv instead of ESPN2. And Monday’s game, which is typically shown on ESPN2, will only be available on ESPN3.com. Some other more minor changes were made.
So, here is the complete schedule for this weekend’s Premier League games to be shown on US television and internet:
Saturday, September 11:
7:45am: Everton v Manchester United, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
10am: Arsenal v Bolton, Fox Soccer Channel (also shown later on FoxSoccer.tv on demand)
10am: Manchester City v Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
10am: West Ham United v Chelsea, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Mobile TV
10am: West Brom v Spurs, FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on delay on Fox Soccer Channel at Noon)
10am: Fulham v Wolves, FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on delay on Fox Soccer Channel at 11:30pm)
10am: Newcastle v Blackpool, FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on delay on Fox Soccer Channel on Sunday at 8:30am)
10am: Wigan v Sunderland, FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on delay on Fox Soccer Channel on Sunday at 12:30pm)
Sunday, September 12:
11am: Birmingham City v Liverpool, Fox Soccer Channel (shown later on FoxSoccer.tv on demand)
Monday, September 13:
3pm: Stoke City v Aston Villa, ESPN3.com
UPDATE: According an ESPN representative, ESPN will do their best to clear the programming window for weekday Premier League games to show them on ESPN2. Otherwise the matches will be exclusive on the following combined platforms: ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Mobile TV, much like Monday’s Stoke City against Aston Villa game. View the latest ESPN3 soccer schedule.
Monday’s switch from ESPN2 to ESPN3.com is a one-time deal. According to a representative, ESPN has no plans to make Monday Premier League games only available on ESPN3.com for the foreseeable future. In the future, those Monday games will continue to be on ESPN2 (except for the Stoke against Villa match).
As for the early Saturday game, there originally wasn’t one scheduled for this Saturday so ESPN had already planned on showing West Ham versus Chelsea. However, about a week ago, the Premier League and Sky Sports changed the schedule and moved Manchester United’s game to the early kick-off on Saturday which allowed Fox Soccer Plus to pick it instead.
Of course the challenge for many soccer fans in the United States is that their local cable provider doesn’t carry the channel. That said, the game will be shown live on FoxSoccer.tv which will be the most high-profile game of the season to be broadcast on Fox’s relaunched broadband service (FoxSoccer.tv).
It’s important to note that two Champions League games this week will also only be available live on Fox Soccer Plus. Those are the ones featuring Werder Bremen against Tottenham, and Arsenal versus SC Braga. The other games featuring Chelsea and Manchester United will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports Net reapectively.
Here’s the complete schedule for next week’s Champions League matches:
Tuesday, September 14:
2:45pm: Werder Bremen v Tottenham Hotspur [Champions League], Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
2:45pm: Manchester United v Rangers [Champions League], Fox Sports Network (shown on delay on Fox Soccer Plus at 7:30pm)
Wednesday, September 15:
2:45pm: Zillina v Chelsea [Champions League], Fox Soccer Channel (shown on delay on Fox Soccer Plus at 5pm)
2:45pm: Arsenal v SC Braga [Champions League], Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
To stay updated on the latest schedule of Premier League games on US television, bookmark EPL Talk’s Premier League TV schedule.