During half-time of Wednesday’s game between England and Scotland on FOX Soccer, FOX Sports announced some of the UEFA Champions League games its networks will televise next week, which gives us the first indication of how the post-FOX Soccer demise and launch of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 will impact our TV viewing experience.
FOX Sports 1 launches on US television this Saturday, August 17. For the UEFA Champions League play-off round matches that are being played next week, here’s the latest schedule (all times Eastern):
Tuesday, August 20
Shakhter Karagandy vs Celtic, 11am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
PSV Eindhoven vs AC Milan, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Lyon vs Real Sociedad, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Plzen vs Maribor, FOX Sports Networks and FOX Soccer 2Go
Pacos De Ferreira vs Zenit, FOX Soccer Plus, DirecTV and FOX Soccer 2Go
Wednesday, August 21
Fenerbahce vs Arsenal, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Dinamo Zagreb vs Austria Vienna, 2:30pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Razgrad vs FC Basel, 2:30pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Steaua Bucharest vs Lega Warsaw, 2:30pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Note that the TV schedule for Wednesday is incomplete. FOX Sports hasn’t announced which matches on that gameday will be shown on television. The Arsenal match, especially, will likely be shown on one of FOX’s networks.
While FOX Sports doesn’t plan on pulling the plug on FOX Soccer until early September, the FOX Soccer network isn’t currently listed as showing any of the UEFA Champions League matches. This may be by design to try to ween soccer fans off FOX Soccer and get them accustomed to watching games on the new FOX networks.
Beginning this Saturday, SPEED will become FOX Sports 1 while FUEL will become FOX Sports 2.