Author: Christopher Harris

Publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris founded the site in 2005. 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 was born and raised in Wales, has lived in Florida since 1984, and supported Swansea City since 1979. Last but not least, he got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.

Top 10 streaming services for watching soccer

The two biggest misconceptions about streaming soccer are, one, many of the games aren’t available via streaming, and, two, you can’t watch the games on television. Both of these are untrue. First, there’s more soccer available via legal streaming now than ever before. Practically every soccer league worth its salt is available on a variety of soccer streaming services (we continue to update the master list of where you can find the leagues and competitions). Secondly, any of the games you watch on streaming can be viewed on your television set by taking a couple of extra steps. To walk ... Read more

Soccer fans facing fewer choices in Champions League Round of 16 on TNT

Turner Sports have followed through on their promise to only broadcast one UEFA Champions League match per gameday for the knockout stages of the competition that begins on February 12. While it’s often a dilemma for soccer fans to decide which game to watch in the Knockout Round because they’re both played at the same time each matchday, TNT has made the decision for you. Instead of featuring the showcase game on TNT and using one of their other TV networks to broadcast the other match — like FOX Sports did with games on FS1 and FS2 — you’ll only get ... Read more

Sky Sports News returns to US TV this Thursday on NBCSN

NBC Sports has agreed a deal with Sky Sports to simulcast the Sky Sports coverage of Transfer Deadline Day to viewers in the United States on NBCSN this Thursday. During previous transfer deadline days, NBCSN televised a Deadline Day broadcast featuring Rebecca Lowe and the NBCSN Premier League analysts sharing their takes on the underwhelming transfer moves of the day. But this Thursday, thanks to Comcast’s $39 billion acquisition of Sky Television in 2018, NBCSN will strengthen the close working relationship between the two companies to include live coverage of Sky Sports’ Transfer Deadline Day from 2-5PM ET on NBCSN ... Read more

Demo of ESPN+ showcasing soccer coverage and features [VIDEO]

The list of soccer coverage that ESPN+ features is mind blowing. To name just a few — Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, MLS out-of-market games and USL. And that doesn’t include all of the soccer documentaries, or all of the other sports leagues and competitions, which include MLB, NHL, select PGA TOUR golf, Top Rank Boxing and Grand Slam tennis from Wimbledon to the US Open and Australian Open. To make heads and tails of ... Read more

DAZN acquires Asian Cup rights in US

Soccer fans in the United States wanting to watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup can now watch the remainder of the tournament for free via the legal streaming service DAZN. DAZN has acquired the U.S. rights to the competition for the quarterfinals to the final, which kick off on Thursday and Friday featuring Vietnam-Japan, China-Iran, South Korea-Qatar and UAE-Australia, which you can also stream to your TV. You can start your free 30-day trial to DAZN, which also includes access to boxing (from Bellator to Matchroom Boxing to World Boxing Super Series to Combate Americas) as well as J-League, Liga ... Read more

2019 Copa America draw to be televised live on Telemundo Deportes Thursday

The draw for Copa America 2019, this summer’s biggest men’s soccer tournament, will be televised live on Telemundo Deportes Thursday from 5:30pm ET to viewers in the United States. Viewers will be able to discover which groups the 12 participating countries will find themselves in from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Japan and Qatar. No doubt that the anticipation will be building for the competition, which promises to feature South America’s biggest soccer stars including Brazil’s Neymar, Copa America Winner Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi, and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, among many ... Read more

No beIN SPORTS on DIRECTV or Comcast? It’s time to take action

Soccer fans wield more power than many of us realize, but only if we exercise that power. After breaking the story this morning that beIN SPORTS had acquired the rights to the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana in the United States, our Twitter account was met with a tirade of soccer fans complaining that they don’t have access to beIN SPORTS. While that may be true if you’re AT&T or Comcast Xfinity subscribers, we soccer fans have an opportunity to use our power to influence change. We face three choices: 1) Grin and bear it, and continue complaining into the ... Read more

Why beIN SPORTS acquiring Copa Libertadores is a big deal for soccer fans in US

The importance of the acquisition deal by beIN SPORTS in obtaining the rights to the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana for the next four years in the United States cannot be overstated. Speaking to World Soccer Talk, beIN SPORTS’ deputy managing director for the U.S. and Canada Antonio Briceño said there was a lot of interest in acquiring the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana competitions. “There were [other bidders], but the deciding factor [in CONMEBOL agreeing to do the deal with beIN SPORTS] is what they’ve seen us do with LaLiga in the past six years. “We will be the ... Read more