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Big changes for soccer viewing options for 2018/19 season

If you’re a soccer fan living in the United States, the next month will be one of the most confusing times for you when you start trying to figure out what channels or streaming platforms are broadcasting your favorite soccer league or competition.

Never before have there been so many changes in such a short amount of time.

Here are just a few big ones to mention:

• The UEFA Champions League has a brand-new rights-holder in the United States. Bye-bye FOX Sports.
• Same with the Europa League.
• Serie A is also changing hands from beIN SPORTS to a yet unannounced broadcaster.
• FOX’s coverage of the FA Cup and Community Shield has also come to an end.

To make sense of all of the changes, we’ve taken the last few weeks to compile an exhaustive list of who has which leagues and competitions in the United States. See below.

Read our free Where to find soccer leagues and competitions on US TV and streaming guide.

Before you ask, there’s still no word about Serie A or the FA Community Shield. As soon as we have details on that, we’ll let everyone know on this website.

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  1. Shyvoodoo

    August 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    You know the funny thing about the Turner press release on the Champions league coverage, they said they wanted to “tap in” to the passionate soccer fan. I took this as they wanted to “fleece and scam” the soccer fan by putting, by far, the most popular soccer competition, behind a damn pay wall.
    This is the typical american “business model”. You see something popular, buy it, then ruin it. American companies are always trying to figure out ways to get more by offering less. This is the real reason why people stream illegally. Its like the old bait and switch. NBC Sports is guilty of this also.
    Now if Turner went the ESPN+ rout, I would have jumped on it in a heartbeat. $5 (for now) a month is a bargain AND you are getting HD streams. Its worth it for EFL alone. But Turner is gonna f*** this whole thing up. Instead of passing the costs to the advertisers who WOULD HAVE has a lot of eyeballs to view their products but nope.
    I seen an advertisement for Champions League during Liga MX this weekend and it looks like they are gonna spread their coverage on 4 NETWORKS! If thats the case then Turner is getting the LOOONG finger. Its a damn shame we are going back to 90’s soccer coverage..
    Everything these US broadcasters touch turns to s%^*. PERIOD!

    • Yespage

      August 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      NBC Sports is not guilty of that. NBC put back in a paywall what was originally under a paywall under Fox. NBC’s original choice to give it all away for nothing additional, spoiled a lot of people.

  2. Rick

    August 1, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Basically the average fan continues to lose- pay more and less games on regular network tv. Soccer needs to be on network tv where games can be watched by millions and not just the privileged who can afford to pay.

    Now even the old FOX Soccer Channel looks good- the nightly FOX Soccer Report was a good show with 1 hour highlights from around the world.

    Univision will be good option for Champions League..

    • Joe

      August 1, 2018 at 10:30 am

      I truly miss Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports. Between the 2 i was covered. Now i dont even know where to find games to watch. Seems like soccer in the US is regressing otherwise more TV would be interested and not streaming. I dont care what anyone says about Fox coverage but they were committed. Lots of games on every week and now we have all this BS streaming crap. I still dont know anyone who has cut the cord and does not seem to be as important as everyone makes it.

      • RedBlacks75

        August 2, 2018 at 7:31 am

        If you had FSC, Gol, and Setanta you had nearly all the football you would ever want to watch. The fact I don’t know how I’m going watch my beloved Milan this year isn’t encouraging.

    • Ritchie

      August 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      -World Cup
      -la liga
      -gold cup
      -Liga MX
      -Ligue 1
      -Serie A
      -FA Cup

      There are a lot of competitions, people who like to see each of them and corporate players who’d like all of their games aired. I can understand why coverage has become so fragmented and need to be streamed.

      I would love for one of the mainstream nets to just reintroduce a soccer channel on basic cable. Bein seems so low budget and I don’t really care about 80% of the games they show.

  3. Jose

    August 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Univision got it!

  4. Tim

    July 31, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Do you know for sure fox is out or can they still win bids? I personally love watching the early rounds of the FA cup.

  5. Theo

    July 31, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Ya gonna tell us? WTH?!!!

  6. David

    July 31, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Have just looked at the B/R Live site. It’s just about the most amateurish one I’ve seen. It looks like a beta experiment from twenty years ago. Not ready at all.

  7. Danielle P.

    July 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Last report was Fox was the front runner to renew, correct? My assumption is that with the Fox/Disney deal being finalized, they may not take on any sports programming to avoid the ire of regulators, whether US-based or not…? They were forced to dump regional channels as a part of the deal because of ESPN… so any word if ESPN+ or Bleacher Report Live will try to make a play (sorry, sorta) for the rights?

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