I have made my love for the FA Cup plain over the years, and now there is a whole new reason to get excited: It’s on ESPN+!
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If you’re kind of new here, the FA Cup is a tournament for every soccer club in England, with no brackets and no seedings. So you wind up with, like in Round 4 earlier this month, stuff like West Ham United visiting (and barely beating) Kidderminster Harriers, or Manchester United losing at home to Middlesbrough .
Next up is Round 5, March 1-3, 2022. And all of those games will be on ESPN+.
The FA Cup is Now Exclusively on ESPN+
The FA Cup is now only available to US viewers via ESPN+, their online service. And the cool thing now is that the entirety of Round 5 — in fact, the rest of this year’s tournament up to and including the Final — will be live-streamed on ESPN+. We’re down to the Round of 16, so on March 1-3 there will be 8 games live online.
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But I was already an ESPN+ subscriber, and that’s because every week they show at least one game from the second-tier Football League Championship. I have also made plain over the years my love for the lower leagues of English soccer, and in fact I think the Championship is more entertaining — certainly more competitive and varied — than the Premier League.
ESPN+ also shows MLS, Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain and the Bundesliga in Germany.
ESPN+ does show all kinds of sports — baseball, NHL, rugby, tennis, etc. — but all I really care about is soccer. And I have definitely found that $4.99 a month is absolutely worth it to see games from English soccer, MLS, Serie A in Italy, and the UEFA Nations League.