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Say Goodbye to Soccernet: ESPN Launches Website

ESPNFC Logo Say Goodbye to Soccernet: ESPN Launches Website

At one point or other, I think we’ve all been there. We’ve been lost on Or was it No, wait a minute, maybe it was Regardless, the path to navigate our way through ESPN’s online soccer presence has been, up until now, complicated. Thankfully, ESPN has decided to officially launch a new soccer website, which will be their global brand for ESPN’s soccer news online.

Beginning tomorrow, (aka will be no more. Instead, traffic will be redirected to And the official launch will happen just in time for the 2012-13 Premier League season.

In a recent interview with EPL Talk, Senior Editor James Martin explained that the one URL will simplify things, making it easier for readers, as well as making it easier to coordinate with TV, to promote the website and vice-versa.

JamesMartin ESPN 300x250 Say Goodbye to Soccernet: ESPN Launches Website Senior Editor James Martin

The main talking points about are:

  • There will be regional differences between For example, the US and UK editions will have regional flavors. But visitors will be able to control their experience by selecting which edition they’d like to view from the top navbar,
  • Gabriele Marcotti will have an exclusive column on every Monday and Wednesday; Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan will also contribute columns for the website,
  • will feature more video integration than,
  • There’ll be an enhanced live experience on the website with’s Live Match HQ featuring chats, previews, post-match updates and more,
  • Roger Bennett from Men In Blazers fame will continue his irreverent columns for,
  • ESPN Soccernet’s podcast will be rebranded as the ESPNFC Podcast,
  • The design of will evolve. It’s currently a hybrid of the design from Euro 2012 mixed with elements from,
  • will be run by a global team with contributors from both sides of the Atlantic.

While it’s not ready for the debut of, Martin added that his team is working on integrating the WatchESPN app into the page design so that in the future visitors can, for example, watch a live Premier League match that WatchESPN has rights to, instead of having to open up a new browser window or tab. That integration will certainly be something to look forward to.

ESPN has also launched its new ESPNFC app – available on Apple, Windows Phone and Android handsets – includes personalization, allowing soccer fans to customize the app by their favourite leagues, teams and tournaments, and exclusive video and audio from ESPN’s various studio-based discussion and analysis shows. will go live today.

What are your thoughts regarding the new website? What do you like or don’t like? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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