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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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7 Responses to Say Goodbye to Soccernet: ESPN Launches Website

  1. Matt says:

    I didn’t like ESPNFC so much during the Euro’s…I thought the site was hard to navigate and it didn’t have too much detailed news

  2. SaltyGunner says:

    Does this mean we are going to have to re-subscribe to the podcast as well as download a new app, getting rid of the old one, or are they going to push out new with a simple re-branding?

  3. CTBlues says:

    If you type into the url it changes back to .

  4. bldunlap says:

    Even though im an american, i always staunchly avoided the US site. The UK site always seemed to be more news oriented (official transfersor at least rumors with substance) with a few editorials. Whenever I was on the US site it appeared to be the opposite – less focus on the news, more on fluff. I’m not really looking forward to having to sift through both sites put together now. Or having to see headlines for David Hirshey’s pieces, but I’ll admit that’s probably just because I’m a Tottenham fan

  5. Fairchild says:

    Not too bad to wake up to this morning. The site seems to have some life to it now and video integration will be most welcomed.

  6. Mike says:

    Is the ESPNfc app coming to iOS in America? I haven’t seen it and when I search in the AppStore it pulls up SoccerNet still. Thinking that it will be an update to replace SoccerNet app instead of new app but I thought they said it was available to download already.

  7. Ranger Rob says:

    For the American viewers, part of the ESPNFC launch also brings Press Pass to your cable lineup. You can find it on ESPNEWS at 2am. Granted, not the best time slot, but its worth setting your DVR for

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