ESPN Plus is part of the streaming takeover that now leaks into soccer. The platform competes with Peacock and Paramount+ for the biggest soccer streaming options.
ESPN Plus launched in April 2018, but is not free. Originally, the service had a monthly rate of $4.99. However, as the platform acquired more sports and more leagues, the price rose. As of late 2021, the service is $6.99. Or, you can pay an annual rate of $69.99 to save a little bit. Unfortunately, there is no free trial available for ESPN Plus for potential customers to try.
The service carries multiple languages, with the majority of shows and broadcasts in English. Moreover, most soccer games give users the option to choose an English- or Spanish-language broadcast to fit their preference.
While soccer is something prominent on the service, it also includes extensive coverage of other sports. For example, the NHL is moving over to ESPN. Select MLB games, PGA tournaments and tennis championships also appear on the app or website.
In terms of usability, the service is available through the ESPN website and other platforms. Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Firestick, most smart TVs, Xbox and Playstation are just a few of the ways to watch your sports using this service.
Remember, this is not necessarily a ‘channel’ that you can find on your cable or satellite provider. ESPN Plus is a separate entity that requires its own subscription.
Yet, for the ultimate soccer fans, it is a necessary investment.
Soccer on ESPN Plus
During their continued investment to soccer, ESPN acquired the rights to the Bundesliga and LaLiga. However, this did come at the expense of losing Serie A. ESPN also owns the partial rights to MLS, and many of those games move to the additional website and app.
This means that every game from these two leagues is available on ESPN Plus. Some games may make it to the linear channel ESPN or ESPN2, but all games can be streamed through the service.
Outside of league play, the service provides coverage of a number of domestic cups. Notably, the FA Cup, Copa del Rey and DfB-Pokal all see their games go to ESPN’s additional service.
The service also boasts an impressive array of international contests. UEFA competitions, including the Nations League and the European Championships, can be streamed. Although, all Euro 2020 games and the UEFA Nations League semifinals and final appeared on linear TV.
There are also studio shows. Of the various content options, ESPN FC is the broadest and easiest to follow. The four-man crew provides insight and highlights from around the world’s game. While normally the content airs on one of ESPN’s main channels, the paid-service does also show the production.
The streaming service rapidly shot itself up to be one of the must-have applications for soccer fans.
Here’s our comprehensive listing of the different soccer channels available:
25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
- $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
- Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
- Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family