If you’re trying to find out where to watch UEFA Champions League on US TV, you’ve come to the right place. The UEFA Champions League is the most exciting and prestigious yearly club competition in the entire world. The European tournament pits the top teams from around the continent against each other until there is only one club standing in May. Powerhouse teams such as Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Real Madrid regularly feature in the mammoth tournament.
To illustrate how popular the final it, the 2014/15’s Champions League final was viewed by an estimated 180 million viewers from over 200 countries worldwide compared to the Super Bowl, which generates a worldwide audience of 160 million.
Meanwhile, while some have labeled the Europa League a secondary tournament, there are still some very solid clubs to feature year in and year out of the competition. Teams such as Manchester United, Ajax, AS Roma and Southampton are competing in this season’s Europa League tournament.
Where to watch UEFA Champions League on US TV
The most high-profile Champions League matches on Tuesday and Wednesday gamedays during the season are televised live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, while other games can be seen on FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Net and channels 480-489 on DIRECTV as well as select Spanish-language games on FOX Deportes and ESPN Deportes.
The UEFA Champions League is televised on FOX Sports with some games sub-licensed to ESPN. Playoff rounds of the tournament are in August. The group stages of the competition are played from September through December. Round of 16 games are played during February-March, quarter-finals in April, semi-finals in late April and May, while the final is at the end of May.
During the group stage of both tournaments onwards, FOX Soccer Plus features a whiparound coverage show called MultiMatch 90, which is also available on FOX Soccer 2GO. The concept is, rather than trying to channel surf between all of the games that are being played concurrently, you can watch the MultiMatch 90 program, which will broadcast live (or slightly delayed highlights) from key incidents that are happening around Europe. Read our review of MultiMatch 90.
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If you want access to every single Champions League game (both live and on-demand), the only way is to subscribe to FOX Soccer 2GO (more details below).
Beginning with the 2016/17 season, ESPN3 has also been streaming select UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches in addition to the occasional Champions League game on ESPN2.
A typical week of UEFA Champions League matches looks like this on US TV (kickoff times are 2:45pm ET):
• Tuesdays and Wednesdays: High-profile matches are shown on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Net. Lesser featured game is shown live on FOX Soccer Plus.
Games are streamed across FOX Soccer 2GO, FOX Sports GO, ESPN3, WatchESPN, Sling Blue and Sling Orange.
There are two ways you can legally watch the Champions League and Europa League via streaming, and those streaming products are FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2GO.
While FOX Soccer 2GO gives you live and on-demand access to every single Champions League and Europa League match, FOX Sports GO only provides access to live games to TV channels you subscribe to. So, for example, if you subscribe to FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 with your TV provider, you can watch those games live with FOX Sports GO with an authenticated login (with your login information provided by your TV provider, to prove you’re a subscriber).
Europa League playoff matches are played throughout July and August, but they’re not televised in the US. The Group stage of the tournament begins in September with matches played on most Thursdays with a schedule very similar to the Champions League (see above).
The pricing for FOX Soccer 2GO is $19.99 per month, or $100 per year. As another option, FOX Soccer 2GO offers a day pass for $10. In addition to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage, you can watch the Bundesliga, FA Cup, select MLS games, Euro 2016 qualifiers, and much more.
Launched in June 2016, Sling Blue offers FOX Sports without requiring a cable or satellite TV subscription. Sling Blue includes FS1, FS2, FOX and FOX Sports Net. However, FOX Sports Net is not available in every location in the US via Sling Blue. To find out if your area can get FOX Sports Net via Sling Blue, click the Show my available channels link.
Sling Blue is available as a 7-day free trial.
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Games on radio
TuneIn radio offers coverage of both the Champions League and Europa League matches, along with in depth news and opinions on the competitions. SiriusXM FC (channel 85) also provides match day coverage of Champions League games as well.
Finally, many pubs/sports bars air live Champions League and Europa League matches throughout the season. Some European club websites even provide a list of supporter groups here in America, along with each specific city’s home pub (for example: here is a list of Arsenal supporters in the U.S. and also a map of where you can find bars that are Chelsea friendly).
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