Soccer on ESPN

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Soccer on ESPN
GenreSoccer telecasts
Theme music composerLisle Moore
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time3+ hours (or until game ends)
Production company(s)ESPN
Release
Original networkESPN
ABC
ESPN+
ESPN2
ESPNews
ESPNU
ESPN3
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
External links
Website

Soccer on ESPN is a number of programs that currently airs Association football matches in the United States. These matches are from International, European, and American competitions.[1]

Current Programming[edit]

England[edit]

EFL[edit]

ESPN airs all matches from the EFL Championship, EFL League One, EFL League Two, and Carabao Cup on paid streaming serrvice ESPN+ with select matches on ESPN or ESPN2. This broadcast started in 2017.[2]

FA Cup[edit]

ESPN airs all matches from the FA Cup on paid streaming service ESPN+ with select matches on ESPN and ESPN2. This broadcast started in 2018 when FOX Sports coverage of the tournament expired.[3]

FA Community Shield[edit]

ESPN also airs the annual FA Community Shield on ESPN+.[4]

Italy[edit]

Serie A[edit]

In 2018, ESPN won the rights for Italy's Serie A when BeIN Sports contract had expired. ESPN is set to air over 340 matches of the tournament with a Match of the Week on ESPN or ESPN2 and the rest of the matches on streaming service ESPN+, there will also be a preview and highlight show on ESPN+.[5] ESPN uses there on broadcast teams for games on television usually called from a monitor in Bristol, however they will be at the grounds for games on the main ESPN network. Commentary is provided by play-by-play commentators Mark Donaldson or Ross Dyer with commentator Matteo Bonetti.

USA[edit]

MLS[edit]

ESPN currently airs MLS matches on ESPN and ESPN2 a contract from 2015-2022. ESPN also airs all out-of-market games on ESPN+. Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman are the lead commentary team. (See ESPN Major League Soccer).[6]

USL[edit]

ESPN airs all matches from the USL on ESPN+ with select matches on ESPNews or ESPN U.[7] Commentary is provided by Mike Watts and Devon Kerr.

International[edit]

ESPN airs matches from the UEFA Euros, UEFA Nations League, UEFA qualifying competitions, and UEFA friendlies. These matches will be on all ESPN owned channels.[8]

International Champions Cup[edit]

ESPN airs summer friendly competition International Champions Cup on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes.

Former Programming[edit]

Premier League[edit]

ESPN2 formerly aired matches from the Premier League between 1996–1998, and the from 2010–2013. From 2010–2013, ESPN2 had its own commentary team live in England. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman called the action live in England, with Darrell Currie or Alicia Ferguson reporting pitchside. On occasion, the network would simulcast ESPN UK's coverage with full studio coverage from host Ray Stubbs or Rebecca Lowe and commentary from Jon Champion and Chris Waddle. In the U.S., ESPN's studio team was host Georgie Bingham and analyst Robbie Mustoe.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

ESPN formerly had the rights of the UEFA Champions League between 1995-2009. Lead commentary team was Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth with the ESPN2 team being Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe.

World Cup[edit]

ESPN formerly held the rights to the FIFA World Cup in 1986 and between 1994-2014. Commentary teams are listed below.

On-air Personalities[edit]

Play-by-play announcers[edit]

Name Coverage Notes
Ian Darke International Matches
United States men's national soccer team
United States women's national soccer team
Lead play-by-play announcer
Jon Champion MLS
International Matches
MLS lead play-by-play announcer
Adrian Healey International Matches
MLS
Derek Rae International Matches
Glenn Davis International Matches
MLS
United States women's national soccer team
MLS #2 play-by-play announcer
Mark Donaldson Serie A
International Matches
Serie A lead play-by-play announcer
Dan P. Kelly MLS MLS #3 play-by-play announcer
Max Bretos MLS
International Matches
Steve Cangialosi MLS MLS #4 play-by-play announcer

Color commentators[edit]

Name Coverage Notes
Steve McManaman International Matches
ESPN FC
Lead Color commentator
Taylor Twellman MLS
International Matches
MLS lead Color commentator
Kasey Keller MLS
International Matches
MLS lead Studio analyst
Craig Burley International Matches
Stewart Robson International Matches
ESPN FC
Alejandro Moreno MLS
ESPN FC
MLS Studio analyst
Julie Foudy MLS
USWNT
Lead USWNT color commentator
Brian Dunseth MLS MLS Color commentator
Matteo Bonetti Serie A Serie A lead Color commentator

Studio host[edit]

Name Coverage Notes
Steve Bower International Matches
Dan Thomas ESPN FC Lead ESPN FC Studio host
Max Bretos MLS Lead MLS studio host
Sebastian Salazar MLS
ESPN FC
Adrian Healey ESPN FC
Mark Donaldson ESPN FC

Studio analyst[edit]

Name Coverage Notes
Steve McManaman International Matches
ESPN FC
Lead Color commentator
Taylor Twellman MLS
International Matches
MLS lead Color commentator
Kasey Keller MLS
International Matches
MLS lead lead Studio analyst
Craig Burley International Matches
Michael Ballack International Matches
Alejandro Moreno MLS
ESPN FC
MLS lead studio analyst
Steve Nicol International Matches
ESPN FC
Shaka Hislop ESPN FC
Herculez Gomez MLS
ESPN FC
MLS studio analyst
Kate Markgraf ESPN FC
USWNT
Lead USWNT lead studio analyst

Past International Broadcast Teams[edit]

1970 World Cup[edit]

This was the first World Cup on ABC featuring commentary from legendary broadcaster Jim McKay.

1982 World Cup[edit]

Coverage was led by Bob Ley alongside analyst Seamus Malin. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

1986 World Cup[edit]

JP Dellacamera was the play-by-play announcer alongside color commentators Seamus Malin and Shep Messing. Remaining matches were called by the World Feed. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

1994 World Cup[edit]

The 1994 World Cup marked the return of the World Cup on ESPN and ABC and the first time they used their own commentary teams for all matches. Roger Twibell was the play-by-play announcer. Other play-by-play announcers were: Bob Carpenter, Bob Ley, Ian Darke, Randy Hahn, and Jim Donovan. Seamus Malin and Rick Davis were the lead color commentators. Other color commentators were: Clive Charles, Ty Keough, Peter Vermes, Ron Newman, and Bill McDermott. Jim McKay was the studio host alongside studio analyst Desmond Armstrong. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

1998 World Cup[edit]

Bob Ley and Seamus Malin wast the lead broadcast team with other broadcast teams include: Roger Twibell and Mike Hill, JP Dellacamera and Bill McDermott, Derek Rae and Ty Keough, and Phil Schoen and Tommy Smyth. Brent Musburger and Eric Wynalda worked in the studio. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

2002 World Cup[edit]

Hockey play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards led the commentary teams in South Korea alogside analyst Ty Keough. Other broadcast teams were: JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth, Glenn Davis and Shep Messing, and Mike Hill and Shep Messing, and Seamus Malin. Terry Gannon hosted in the studio alongside studio analysts Eric Wynalda and Giorgio Chinaglia. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

2006 World Cup[edit]

Lead MLS and MLB play-by-play announcer Dave O'Brien and color commentator Marcelo Balboa worked as the lead broadcast teams in Germany with other broadcast teams: JP Dellacamera and John Harkes, Glenn Davis and Shep Messing, Adrian Healey and Tommy Smyth, and Rob Stone and Robin Fraser. Brent Musburger returned for his 2nd World Cup as lead studio host with other hosts Rece Davis, and Dave Revsine. Studio analysts in the studio were: Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Julie Foudy, and Heather Mitts. (See List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters)

Euro 2008[edit]

Following controversy over ESPN's "American" commentary teams, the network decided to use more traditional coverage by tapping Adrian Healey and Andy Gray or Robbie Mustoe to be its lead broadcast team. ESPN also tapped Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth to be its #2 broadcast team.[9][10]

2009 Confederations Cup[edit]

Rece Davis and Alexi Lalas worked in the studio during the 2009 Confederations Cup. ESPN tapped MLS on ESPN's lead broadcast team of JP Dellacamera and John Harkes to be its lead broadcast team, Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth to be its #2 broadcast team, and Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe to be its #3 broadcast team. [11]

2010 World Cup[edit]

ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup has been widely recognized as a breakthrough in US soccer broadcasting.[12] Esteemed commentator Martin Tyler led a team of all-British commentators in South Africa, Chris Fowler and Mike Tirico were the lead hosts in a studio set right outside of Soccer City in South Africa. Other commentators were: Ian Darke, Derek Rae, Adrian Healey, and Jim Proudfoot. Efan Ekoku was the lead color commentator, John Harkes called USMNT games, alongside other color commentators include: Ally McCoist, Roberto Martinez, and Robbie Mustoe. Analysts in the studio included: Steve McManaman, Jurgen Klinsmann, Roberto Martinez, Ruud Gullit, Alexi Lalas, Shaun Bartlett, and Tommy Smyth. Bob Ley was another studio host, working his 4th World Cup.

Euro 2012[edit]

Ian Darke and Steve McManaman were the lead commentary team for ESPN. The studio team was based at headquarters in Bristol. Studio hosts were Bob Ley and Rebecca Lowe. Other broadcast team were: Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe, and Derek Rae and Kasey Keller or Taylor Twellman. Studio analysts were: Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Kasey Keller, Taylor Twellman, and Tommy Smyth. Special contributors, who were live from Poland and Ukraine, were Glenn Hoddle and Roberto Martinez. Reporters included are: Alicia Ferguson and Darrell Currie.[13]

2013 Confederations Cup[edit]

Bob Ley hosted in the studio alongside analysts Steve McManaman, Alexi Lalas, Roberto Martinez, and Michael Ballack. Ian Darke and Stewart Robson was the lead broadcast team. Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno was the secondary broadcast team. Adrian Healey and Kasey Keller was the #3 broadcast team. [14]

2014 World Cup[edit]

The 2014 World Cup marked the end of the FIFA World Cup on ABC and ESPN. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman was the broadcast team, Jon Champion and Stewart Robson were the #2 team. Other play-by-play announcer were: Derek Rae, Adrian Healey, and Daniel Mann. Color commentators: Taylor Twellman, Craig Burley, Efan Ekoku, Roberto Martinez, Kasey Keller, and Alejandro Moreno. All commentators were in Brazil with the top 5 teams at the stadiums while the remaining team called matches off monitors in Rio. Mike Tirico was the lead studio host alongside other hosts Bob Ley and Lynsey Hipgrave with analysts: Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alejandro Moreno, Kasey Keller, Gilberto Silva, Santiago Solari, Roberto Martínez, Taylor Twellman, and Ruud van Nistelrooy. Jeremy Schaap and Julie Foudy were the main reporters. [15]

Euro 2016[edit]

ESPN was live in France with a set on the River Seine. Mike Tirico, Steve Bower, and Bob Ley hosted. Ian Darke returned as the plead play-by-play announcer. Other play-by-play announcers were: Jon Champion, Derek Rae, Adrian Healey, Max Bretos, and Mark Donaldson. Color commentators: Steve McManaman, Taylor Twellman, Stewart Robson, Kasey Keller, Kate Markgraf, and Alejandro Moreno. Studio analysts were: Craig Burley, Santiago Solari, Vincent Kompany, Steve McManaman, Taylor Twellman, Julie Foudy, Roberto Martinez, Frank Leboeuf, Michael Ballack, and Kasey Keller. Jeremy Schaap, Marty Smith, and Alison Bender were reporters.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Soccer Schedule". August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "ESPN to broadcast English Football League games in U.S. this season". August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "ESPN+ Becomes Exclusive Presenter of Emirates FA Cup in U.S. Through New Rights Agreement". August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chelsea vs. Manchester City Community Shield Match to Air Exclusively on ESPN+". August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Serie A Entering Multi-Year Broadcast Deal With ESPN, ESPN+ Starting This Season". August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "ESPN's 20th Season of Major League Soccer". February 26, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "USL ON ESPN SCHEDULE". August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Soccer Fans Rejoice: Hundreds of Matches and Exclusive Content to be Available on ESPN+". April 6, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Multichannel.com https://www.multichannel.com/news/espn-scores-euro-2008-292697. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ NYTimes.com https://worldcup.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/06/26/the-sins-of-american-sportscasting/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDnYv5FgFPw. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ . ESPN Press Room https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2011/06/espn-presentation-of-2010-fifa-world-cup-earns-industry-honors/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ . ESPN Press Room https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2012/06/espn-inc-at-uefa-euro-2012/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ . World Soccer Talk https://worldsoccertalk.com/2013/06/12/espn-announces-commentators-and-pundits-for-2013-confederations-cup/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ . ESPN Press Room https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2014/06/espn-tv-and-radio-commentators-for-2014-fifa-world-cup-week-1-through-june-19/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ ESPNpressroom.com https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2012/06/espn-inc-at-uefa-euro-2012/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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