Where to watch the Championship on US TV and streaming
If you’re trying to find out where to watch the Championship on US TV and streaming, we have all of the information you need in this one page.
Last updated: August 3, 2018
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
Unfortunately, none of the Championship games are shown on television in the United States.
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 ESPN+, their new paid streaming service, every weekend.
ESPN+ streams what is, on paper, the most exciting games each weekend.
But if you’re a fan of a particular Championship club and you want to watch all of the home and away games not shown on ESPN+, you can subscribe to your club’s video streaming service. In the 2017/18 season, the English Football League (EFL) launched a paid-subscription service for most Championship, League One and League Two clubs. By doing so, it allowed 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 meant that you’ll be able to stream all of your club’s Football League games for the first time ever.
Some clubs went ahead with their own streaming services instead of iFollow, so you need to check with your club’s official website to see what video streaming options are available.
Note, however, that any games streamed on ESPN+ are not available through your club’s video streaming service or iFollow, so ideally you’ll need to subscribe to both ESPN+ and your club in order to ensure you don’t miss out on any league matches.
There are so many questions about iFollow that we’ve created an iFollow FAQ that will answer all of your questions in detail.
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.
ESPN+ also streams select League One and League Two matches during the season.
While none of the Championship games are shown on television in the United States, often the best hope to watching your team on television is to keep your fingers crossed for a deep run in the Carabao Cup (aka League Cup) and/or FA Cup. It’ll increase the likelihood they’ll be shown on US television.
ESPN+ has the rights to the League Cup but typically games from the semi-finals or finals can be moved to television.
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 in late February.
Since the competition takes place midweek, ESPN+’s coverage of the Carabao Cup has been very good, broadcasting more games from the competition than beIN SPORTS did when they last had the rights two years ago.
If you have any questions about where to watch the Championship clubs on US TV or streaming, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll reply as soon as we can.
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