If you’re trying to find out where to watch the Championship on US TV, there are plenty of (legal) ways to get your fill. The Championship is one of the most entertaining and competitive leagues in the world, attracting fans of many great British clubs, and here in the US there are multiple ways to watch your favorite team play every week.
Where to watch the Championship on US TV and Internet
ESPN has reached an agreement with BAMTech, the rights holder to the Championship and EFL Cup, to carry an average of 3-4 Championship games on ESPN3 every weekend.
For the first time ever, the English Football League (EFL) has decided to launch a paid-subscription service for every Championship, League One and League Two club that’s interested in participating. By doing so, it’ll allow supporters of these clubs outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to be able to subscribe to live and on-demand streams of their favorite club’s leagues matches. The groundbreaking change means that you’ll be able to stream all of your club’s Football League games for the first time ever.
Unfortunately there are some clubs who are decided to not offer the iFollow streaming services to their supporters. Those clubs are Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Fulham, Hull City, Forest Green Rovers, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, QPR, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There are so many questions about iFollow that we’ve created an iFollow FAQ that will answer all of your questions in detail.
For soccer fans in the United States, the two most important things to know about watching your favorite Championship club this season are that (1) the league games that are shown by the US rights holder to the Championship will not be on iFollow, and (2) your subscription to iFollow will include home and away league games (as long as your club is using iFollow; see links below).
While we should be thankful that ESPN and iFollow have the rights to the Championship and therefore provide soccer fans like us an opportunity to watch the entertaining league, there are sometimes last minute changes to the programming schedules even days before games are scheduled to kick off. So the best way to stay updated on when Championship games are on US TV/streaming is to bookmark our Championship TV schedule, which is updated weekly (sometimes daily) throughout the entire season.
If you’re a cord cutter or you don’t have access to ESPN3, you can get ESPN3 through Sling Orange, which has the channel completely integrated into the Sling TV app. They offer a free 7-day trial so you can see what it’s like as well as accessing a ton of other soccer content and more.
By supporting a club outside the Premier League, often the best hope to watching your team on television is to hope for a good run in the EFL Cup (aka League Cup) and/or FA Cup. It’ll increase the likelihood they’ll be shown on US television.
Another way to watch your Championship club in the US is via the League Cup. Formerly known as the Capital One Cup and EFL Cup, the newly named Carabao Cup is shown exclusively in the US on ESPN3.
The English Football League Cup is played amongst the teams in the top four tiers of the English League. The First Round takes place in early August, followed by the Second Round in late August, and the Third Round in late September, and so on and so forth until the final takes place on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Reminder: Unlike the FA Cup, the EFL cup matches that end in a draw after regulation time go into two 15 minute extra time periods followed by penalties if necessary. The semifinals are played over two legs.
Since the competition takes place midweek, ESPN3’s coverage of the EPL Cup has been very good, and it appears that ESPN3/Sling Orange will broadcast more games from the competition than beIN SPORTS did last year.
If you have any questions about where to watch the Championship on US TV, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll reply as soon as we can.
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