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Scoring the Best TV Providers for Soccer Fans

Soccer fans can get their kicks with these fútbol-friendly cable, satellite, and streaming TV providers.

Best overall for soccer

  • $54.99–$74.99/mo.
  • 32 soccer channels (18 in Spanish)
  • FOX Soccer Plus

Best value for soccer

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  • $44.99–$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.
  • 21 soccer channels (7 in Spanish)
  • FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick

Cheapest for soccer

  • $4.99/mo. or $49.99/yr.
  • Matches and tournaments from 18+ pro soccer leagues
  • On-demand replay

First touch

According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 7% of Americans call soccer their favorite sport. That’s a new high score for the game. It’s also only the second time in history that any sport has come in fourth place (behind football, basketball, and baseball) with that high of a score. And as soccer muscles its way into greater popularity, its TV coverage is increasing. Here are the best ways to watch as much of it as possible.

Starting lineup: What soccer TV channels do I need?

Nobody has enough time to watch every televised soccer game in the world. But we can try. A good first step is to find a cable, satellite, or streaming TV provider that carries the most soccer channels possible.

In this piece, we’ll show you which cable, satellite, and streaming providers are best for soccer (spoiler alert: we like fuboTV, Spectrum, and ESPN+). We’ll even suggest ways to watch soccer for free.

But first, we’ll answer your question with this list:

The best channels for watching soccer

    • beIN Sports: beIN Sports, a major international sports network, broadcasts MLS soccer matches in Asia and South America.
    • ESPN offers regular-season Major League Soccer (MLS) matches.
    • ESPN+ covers Serie A, MLS, Copa America, English Football League, Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, Copa Italia, Superliga, Indian Super League, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, and more.
    • FOX Sports/FS1/FS2 broadcast major international soccer tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
    • FOX Soccer Plus features a wide variety of international leagues and matches, including UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, the German Bundesliga, and more.
    • GolTV broadcasts (in English and Spanish) a variety of international soccer leagues, such as the Portuguese Primeira Liga. It doesn’t carry MLS or Premier League, unfortunately.
    • MLS Direct Kick offers access to out-of-market games for fans whose favorite team is in another city.
    • NBC is the sole broadcaster of Premier League matches and the championship UEFA Europa League in the US.
    • Telemundo is NBC’s Spanish-language channel, and it offers a lot of soccer coverage, including the FIFA World Cup.

Find more football on TV

Several sites compile lists of upcoming televised soccer matches for pro leagues around the world, along with details on where to watch them. Our favorite is LiveSoccer.tv—check it out.

Best cable and satellite TV providers for soccer

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Best value for soccer

Spectrum

Mejor en español

DISH
OptimumDIRECTVRCNAT&T U-verseCoxXfinity
Package price
range
$44.99–$89.99/mo.§$59.99–$94.99/mo.˚$64.99–$119.99/mo.•$59.99–$134.99.¶$59.99–$64.99/mo.**$59.99–$134.99††$25–$69.99/mo.‡‡$49.99–$84.99/mo.§§
A
ABC

B
beIN SPORTS

beIN SPORTS en Español

beIN SPORTS 2

beIN SPORTS 3

beIN SPORTS 4

beIN SPORTS 5

beIN SPORTS 6

beIN SPORTS 7

beIN SPORTS 8

C
CBS

CBS Sports Network

E
ESPN

ESPN2

ESPN Deportes

F
FOX

FOX Deportes

FOX Sports 1 (FS1)

FOX Sports 2 (FS2)

FOX Soccer Plus†

G
GolTV

M
MLS Direct Kick‡

N
NBC

NBCSN

T
Telemundo

TNT

TV Chile

TUDN

U
UniMás

Universo

Univision

Z
Zona Fútbol

Data as of 1/28/20. Channel availability may vary by plan. Plan availability may vary by location and is subject to change.
Spanish channels may be part of a separate Spanish-language package.
† Premium add-on ($15/mo.)
Premium add-on ($22.25/mo.)
§ For the first 12 mos.
˚ For 24 months with a 2-year agreement and eAutoPay.
• For 24 months. Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life available on select plans. Customer must remain in good standing an up to date on bill payments to remain on Price for Life.
¶ For 12 months with a 2-year contract, paperless bill, & autopay. Price increases for months 13-24.
** For the first 12 mos.
†† For 12 mos. Plus taxes.
‡‡ For the first 12 mos.
§§ For the first 12 mos.

Many channels that come standard in cable TV packages like ESPN, NBC, and Telemundo offer basic soccer coverage. But if you want detailed analysis, highlights, and other goodies, you’ll probably want to look at dedicated sports packages like FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick.

We’ve compared offerings from all the major cable and satellite TV providers to see which has the most comprehensive coverage of both domestic and international soccer pitches. Here’s some insight into the best qualities of each.

Soccer stats: Cable and satellite TV providers

  • DISH/DISH Latino ($59.99–$89.99/mo.˚): 26 soccer channels (13 broadcast in Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus available
  • Optimum Internet & TV ($64.95–$119.99./mo.): 22 soccer channels (8 Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick available
  • DIRECTV ($59.99–$134.99/mo.): 21 soccer channels (8 Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick available
  • Spectrum ($44.99–$89.99/mo.§): 21 soccer channels (7 Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick available
  • AT&T U-verse ($59.99–$134.99/mo.††): 19 channels (5 Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick available
  • RCN ($59.99–$64.99/mo.**): 18 channels (6 Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus available
  • Cox ($25–$69.99/mo.‡‡ ): 17 channels (6 Spanish); one of only two providers to carry Zona Fútbol; MLS Direct Kick available
  • Xfinity ($49.99–$84.99/mo.§§ ): 17 channels (5 Spanish); MLS Direct Kick available

§ For the first 12 mos.
˚ For 24 months with a 2-year agreement and eAutoPay.
• For 24 months. Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life available on select plans. Customer must remain in good standing an up to date on bill payments to remain on Price for Life.
¶ For 12 months with a 2-year contract, paperless bill, & autopay. Price increases for months 13-24.
** For the first 12 mos.
†† For 12 mos. Plus taxes.
‡‡ For the first 12 mos.
§§ For the first 12 mos.

The Consensus: For the most comprehensive soccer coverage, Spectrum is probably your best bet. It has access to all the key channels for MLS and Premier League matches, plus 7 Spanish soccer channels. DIRECTV and Optimum also have most of the key channels covered, and DIRECTV gets some exclusive UEFA matches you won’t find anywhere else. But Spectrum is a better value.

fuboTV is the best overall streaming service for soccer, with 32 soccer channels (18 en Español) and FOX Soccer Plus available for an additional $15 a month.

If your budget is too tight to accommodate a cable, satellite, or streaming service package, the super-cheap ESPN+ app has live and on-demand soccer events from 18 pro leagues for only $4.99 a month. Or you can watch soccer for free with Pluto’s MLS channel.

Spectrum’s cable packages offer the best value. Spectrum Gold ($90 a month) has 200+ channels, including premiums like HBO®, NFL Network, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, STARZ ENCORE, and TMC.

If you can’t get Spectrum in your area, satellite TV has nearly 100% availability. So DISH (26 channels; FOX Soccer Plus available) and DIRECTV (21 channels; FSP and MLS Direct Kick available) are decent bets—especially for Spanish speakers (DISH has more soccer channels).

Now let’s have a look at streaming TV providers’ soccer offerings.

Best streaming TV services for soccer

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Best overall for soccer

fuboTV

Cheapest for soccer

ESPN+*
AT&T TV NOWSling TVYouTube TVHulu + Live TVBleacher Report Live*NBC Sports Gold*
Package price
range
$44.99–$74.99/mo.‡$4.99/mo. or $49.99/yr.$65–$135/mo.$30–$45/mo.$49.99/mo.$54.99–$60.99/mo.$9.99/mo. or $79.99/yr.$35–$55/mo.
A
ABC

B
beIN SPORTS

beIN SPORTS Connect La Liga

beIN SPORTS en Español

beIN SPORTS CONNECT

beIN SPORTS 2

beIN SPORTS 3

beIN SPORTS 4

beIN SPORTS 5

beIN SPORTS 6

beIN SPORTS 7

beIN SPORTS 8

beIN SPORTS 9

beIN SPORTS 10

C
CBS

CBS Sports Network

E
Ecuador TV

Ecuavisa Internacional

Eleven Sports

ESPN

ESPN2

ESPN3

ESPN Deportes

F
FOX

FOX Deportes

FOX Sports

FOX Sports 1 (FS1)

FOX Sports 2 (FS2)

FOX Soccer Plus†

fuboTV Sports Network

G
GolTV

L
LAFC

M
MLS Direct Kick‡

N
NBC

NBCSN

NBC Sports

O
Orlando City

P
Perú Mágico

S
SUR Perú

T
Telemundo

TNT

TUDN

TV Chile

TyC Sports

U
UniMás

Universo

Univision

W
WAPA America

Z
Zona Fútbol

Channel availability may vary by plan. Plan availability may vary by location and is subject to change.
Spanish channels may be part of a separate Spanish-language package.
Some providers require an OTA antenna to receive local channels.
* ESPN+, Bleacher Report Live, and NBC Sports Gold focus on events, not channels
† Premium add-on ($15/mo.)
‡ For the first three months ($79.99 thereafter)

Streaming services tend to have more soccer channels—but a near-total lack of FOX Soccer Plus (only fuboTV and YouTube TV offer it) and MLS Direct Kick (unavailable from any of the services we researched).

Here’s a breakdown of our findings, separated into livestreaming services and standalone apps.

Soccer stats: Streaming TV providers

  • fuboTV ($54.99–$74.99/mo.): 32 soccer channels (18 in Spanish); FOX Soccer Plus available
  • AT&T TV NOW ($65–$135/mo.): 26 channels (15 Spanish)
  • Sling TV ($30–$45/mo.): 23 channels (9 Spanish) but some require ordering additional sports content (costs an extra $10–$20/mo.)
  • YouTubeTV ($49.99/mo.): 18 channels (2 Spanish) including regional LAFC and Orlando City action; FOX Soccer Plus available
  • Hulu + Live TV ($54.99–$60.99/mo.): 11 channels (1 Spanish)
  • ESPN+ ($4.99/mo. or $49.99/yr.): Live soccer from 18 pro leagues, including Serie A, MLS, Copa America, EFL, Eredivisie, Copa Italia, UEFA Nations League, and more.
  • Bleacher Report Live ($9.99/mo. or $79.99/yr.): Includes all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches plus Scottish Premiership, Belgian Pro League, and UEFA Youth League.
  • NBC Sports Gold ($35–$55/mo.): Matchday Pass ($34.99/mo.) includes exclusive live Premier League games (at least four per club) during the season. Premier League Pass ($54.99/mo.) gives you on-demand access to all 380 matches plus soccer shows, highlights, and analysis.

fuboTV is the best streaming service for soccer, not to mention the best overall. It has the most soccer channels (and mucho más Español channels) and also offers FOX Soccer Plus ($15 a month). ESPN+, however, gives you a ton of live and on-demand soccer for only $4.99 a month. That’s a great deal for anyone on a budget.

Also, fuboTV’s Ultra package ($74.99 a month) gives you tons of other channels, including SHOWTIME®. You also get 500 hours of DVR space—with no limit on how long you can keep your recordings, three streams, and 130+ events broadcast in 4k. That’s an incredible value.

But before you buy… Did you know that you can get your kicks for free?

Free kicks: How to watch live soccer at no charge

If your budget can’t spare even five bucks a month for ESPN+, we get it—we’ve been there. Here’s how you can watch a ton of soccer without paying a penny.

Soccer stats: Free TV providers

  • fubo Sports Network (FSN): Separate from fuboTV, FSN allows you to watch live soccer free online, on your phone, or on your TV. It also includes soccer-themed original content: The Cooligans (soccer talk), Football Report (news), and The Players’ Lounge with Cobi Jones & PJ Harrison (vodcast).
  • Pluto: This free service has 200+ live and on-demand channels, including Major League Soccer channel, Eleven Sports, and FOX Sports.
  • Xumo: This live and on-demand service has 180+ free channels, including Copa 90, Eleven Sports, Football Daily, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports, and fubo Sports Network.

OTA antennas

You can get an indoor over-the-air (OTA) antenna for as little as $25—we recommend the Mohu Releaf. With this device, live soccer coverage from your local network affiliates is free. (Check out our guide to OTA TV.) Then you can get the MLS channel with the free streaming service Pluto.

Final whistle

Tweeeeeeeeeeeeet! What’s the best way to watch soccer on TV? Our picks all offer a lot of soccer in both English and Spanish.

The streaming service fuboTV is our pick for the best overall way to watch soccer on TV. Cable provider Spectrum offers the best value. ESPN+ is hands-down the cheapest way to watch. And if your piggy bank holds only pennies and pocket lint, there’s always Pluto’s free MLS channel.

So it’s player’s choice: You can’t go wrong with any of these providers. Pick one that’s right for you.

Bonus soccer 

What do you watch when there’s not a game on, you’ve caught up on all the sports talk shows, and you’ve seen all the YouTube highlight clips a zillion times? Check out the Mexican soccer comedy-drama Club de Cuervos (a.k.a. Club of Crows) and its spinoff, The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez, on Netflix. Each series is exceptionally well written, funny, and touching—with enough soccer action to tackle your craving.

How to watch soccer FAQ

Where can I watch soccer on TV?

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, so there are a lot of ways to watch it. You can find cable, satellite, and streaming services that offer a lot of live soccer matches as well as analysis and news.

We recommend ESPN+, which covers a wide range of pro soccer leagues for only $4.99 a month. (Pro tip: You can bundle ESPN+ with Disney+ and Hulu Basic for $12.99 a month.)

What soccer leagues does ESPN+ have?

ESPN+ has a bunch of soccer leagues. You’ll be able to watch matches and tournaments from Serie A, MLS, Copa America, The Emirates FA Cup, English Football League (EFL), Carabao Cup (EFL), Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Eredivisie, Copa Italia, Superliga, Indian Super League, Hyundai A-League, International Champions Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, and more.

Can you watch ESPN+ on TV?

Yes, you can watch ESPN+ on a TV as long as you use one of these supported devices: AppleTV (Generation 3 & 4), Roku, Chromecast, FireTV, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Oculus Go, and Samsung connected TVs (Tizen).

What is the best channel for soccer?

The best channel for soccer is the one where you can find the most action from your favorite leagues.

If you want the most live soccer, along with analysis and commentary, look into a subscription service like FOX Soccer Plus ($15 a month) or MLS Direct Kick ($22.25 a month). But you’ll need to find a cable, satellite, or streaming TV provider that offers them. Unfortunately, that means you’ll probably have to subscribe to a standard TV package too.

A much cheaper alternative is ESPN+, which gives you tons of live soccer for about five bucks a month.

Can you watch soccer games on Hulu?

You can watch live soccer games on Hulu + Live TV, but it’s not the best streaming service for the sport. You’d do better with fuboTV or Sling TV. Both services offer more soccer channels at a better price.

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