By, Kyle Gibson
I first started watching soccer back in early 2000 when there was next to no soccer on TV in America.
Now, there are so many soccer options on TV that it can be a bit overwhelming for anyone trying to get into the beautiful game.
So, with that in mind, here’s a handy guide of what American channels show what leagues from the U.S. and around the world.
English Premier League- NBC, NBCSN, USA
NBC has done so much to raise the game in the U.S. The EPL is my favorite league and I am in love with NBC’s coverage. Most of the games are on NBCSN, but NBC will show a game on Saturday at 12:30 and USA airs one a week on Saturday at 10. Additionally, every game is online if you have a qualifying cable package.
Major League Soccer (MLS) ESPN, FOX, Univision
Not every MLS game is on national TV, but there are now three on almost every week, which is a huge improvement. Here’s how it breaks down.
Friday – Univision Deportes (9:30)
Sunday – ESPN (5 pm) and FOX (7 pm).
Those times can change though.
German Bundesliga (FOX)
This one is new and will almost assuredly never be on FOX network. It remains to be seen how much will be on FOX Sports 1. You can count on a lot of it on the less accessible FOX Sports 2.
UEFA Champions League – FOX
They do a pretty good job…pretty good!
Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 are on BeIn Sports
This is the sports arm of Al Jazeera. I like their work. They also show English Championship League soccer and the Capital One Cup. The FA Cup is on FOX.
U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team
These two teams play on a lot of different networks. I would check ESPN and FOX first, but you should also check out NBC and BeIn Sports.
When all else fails, go to the U.S. Soccer website to check on the broadcast.
This is the second tier in the U.S.
USL Pro – YouTube
This is the third division of US soccer.
NWSL – YouTube
The highest tiered women’s league in the U.S.
There is a TON of soccer on US TV now, so I may have missed something. You have plenty of options for college soccer too. If I missed anything, let me know it the comments.