How can you watch English and European soccer in America? All you need to know is in this post.
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Watch Premier League Soccer in America
Let’s start with the Premier League, which is the most-watched league in the world. In the United States, the Premier League is on NBC — sometimes on its regular network, sometimes on NBC Sports Network, but quite often on its new streaming service called Peacock. Peacock also has full-match replays.
Peacock has three levels: a free version without soccer, Peacock Premium with Premier League (and ads), and Peacock Premium Plus without ads. If you have a cable package with Xfinity or Cox, you probably already have Peacock Premium. If not, you can subscribe at peacocktv.com; it’s $4.99 a month (Premium) or $9.99 a month (Premium Plus). It might also be included in your cable package.
I give credit to NBC Sports for their YouTube channel, on which they offer 15-minute Premier League highlight packages that don’t list the final score in the title. That means no spoilers if you missed the game entirely and want to watch the highlights without knowing the result.
For Spanish-language Premier League broadcasts, look for a few games per week on Universo and Telemundo; check your cable package to see if you have those.
Watch Champions League and Europa League Soccer in America
CBS has English-language US rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, but almost all of it is behind a paywall. All the games (including replays) are on Paramount+, which is $5.99 per month with “limited commercials” and $9.99 per month with none. Some of the games will be shown live on regular old CBS.
For Spanish-language broadcasts, which are offered by Univision, you can stream those through Fubo.tv.
Watch FA Cup and League Cup Soccer in America
The FA Cup, League Cup, and some more stuff we’ll discuss soon, are all on ESPN+. The League Cup is also known as the EFL Cup or Carabao Cup, and the quarterfinals of the 2020-21 edition are in December.
FA Cup television coverage this season will begin with the First Round on the weekend of November 7.
Related: Full Schedules for the FA Cup and League Cup
Watch English Football League Soccer in America
Tiers two through four of the English football pyramid of leagues offer some really entertaining soccer, and it’s a shame we Americans can’t see it on regular television. Here again, ESPN+ comes through, with several Championship (tier 2) games each week. And in weeks when there’s an international break and, therefore, no games in the Championship, ESPN+ often has a League One game, generally on Friday nights.
There is also iFollow, a streaming service for almost all the clubs in the Football League. If there is a particular club you want to follow, you can subscribe for the whole season and see any game that club plays that isn’t on American television (i.e. not on ESPN+). Check your favorite club’s website to see if they are signed up with iFollow or perhaps offer their own streaming service.
Watch UEFA Nations League Soccer in America
The UEFA Nations League is something the European soccer illuminati made up so that international breaks that don’t offer World Cup qualifying matches might seem more interesting. It’s kind of a league format where countries get promoted and relegated to different levels, and nobody is quite sure what to make of it.
Anyway, it’s all on ESPN+.
Watch Soccer from Other European Countries in America
Here’s a quick rundown of how to watch other European soccer leagues if you’re in the US:
- German Bundesliga: ESPN+ and, very occasionally, ESPN broadcast
- Italian Serie A: ESPN+
- Spanish La Liga: beIN Sports, which is part of some cable packages and also available to stream through Fanatiz, which is $7.99 per month
- French Ligue 1: beIN Sports or streaming through Fanatiz
- Dutch Eredivisie: ESPN+, a few games per week
- Portugese Primeira Liga: GolTV, which is part of some DirecTV packages, or streaming through Fanatiz