How can you watch English and European football in the U.S. for the 2021-22 season, including how to watch soccer on regular TV or live streaming online? All you need to know is in this post.
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How to Watch Premier League Soccer in the U.S.
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 the USA Network, but quite often on its streaming service called Peacock. Peacock also has full-match replays.
For the 2021-22 season, U.S. fans have access to 380 Premier League games across all of NBC’s viewing platforms. Here is NBC Sports’ homepage where they list where to watch each game as the days and times are set. One big change for the 2021-22 season, NBC has announced it will shut down the NBC Sports Network in 2021 (but no date has been determined yet). NBC Sports Network has been the home to many linear broadcasts over the recent years.
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).
In November 2021, NBC extended their deal with the Premier League to broadcast games in the U.S. for the next six seasons.
A great resource to Premier League fans to check out is the NBC Sports’ 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.
Paramount+ also carries Brazil’s Serie A, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, and the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States.
How to Watch Champions League and Europa League Soccer
CBS has English-language U.S. rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, but almost all of it is behind a paywall. All of 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.
How to Watch FA Cup and League Cup Soccer in the U.S.
The FA Cup, League Cup, and much more are all on ESPN+. The League Cup is also known as the EFL Cup or Carabao Cup.
Related: Full Schedules for the FA Cup and League Cup
How to Watch English Football League in the U.S.
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 U.S. television (i.e. not on ESPN+). Check your favorite club’s website to see if they are registered 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.
That action picks back up on October 6-7, 2021 with the semifinals, as Italy faces Spain and Belgium faces France for the right to advance to the final on October 10.
Anyway, it’s all on ESPN+.
How to 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 U.S.:
- German Bundesliga: The 2020-21 season was the first with ESPN+ as the U.S. home to the Bundesliga. The network will once again broadcast 306 matches during the 2021-22 season, and occasional games on ESPN or ESPN2.
- Italian Serie A: Starting with the 2021-22 season, CBS Sports is the home of Serie A matches. The network will broadcast all 380 league games on Paramount+, while some games will be aired on its regular TV channels.
- Spanish La Liga: Starting with the 2021-22 season, La Liga is on ESPN+ in the United States.
- French Ligue 1: beIN Sports or streaming through fuboTV
- Dutch Eredivisie: a few games per week are on ESPN+
- Portugese Primeira Liga: watch on GolTV, which is part of some DirecTV packages, or stream through fuboTV
FuboTV: The Best All-Around Solution for Streaming Soccer Online in the USA
Although it is expensive — $65/month — we think fuboTV is the best all-around solution for streaming soccer in the U.S., especially since it added the full suite of ESPN and other Disney-owned channels in 2020. It already included the full range of soccer-rich beIN Sports channels as well as Univision.
For soccer fans, this means that with one subscription — with a one-week free trial — you can watch (non-Peacock) Premier League, men’s and women’s World Cup, Champions League and Europa League (in Spanish), Portuguese Primeira Liga, French Ligue 1, Argentina Primera Division, UEFA Nations League, Copa Libertadores, MLS, and all the ESPN offerings: Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, FA Cup, EFL Cup, and English Football League.