Unfortunately, it’s impossible to watch every televised football game. After all, football is played by over 250 million people in over 200 countries. However, this does mean that there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to watch a match at least once a day.
ESPN is based in the United States but broadcasts in over 200 countries. For this reason, it’s often a viewer’s first choice when searching for a football broadcast. However, ESPN only offers regular-season Major League Soccer (MLS) games.
If you want to access games beyond the MLS, then you will need to subscribe to ESPN+.
ESPN+ is a subscription-based video streaming service owned by Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, in partnership with ESPN Inc. It’s considered a complement to existing ESPN content. However, in reality, it offers content that you would never see on ESPN.
Through this service, football fans have access to the following leagues:
- Serie A
- Copa America
- English Football League
- Carabao Cup
- Copa Italia
- Indian Super League
- FA Cup
- UEFA Nations League
ESPN+ also covers MLS games. Furthermore, it offers daily football news and the discussion show ESPN FC, and football documentaries.
Alternatives to ESPN+
ESPN+ is considered by many to be the cream of the crop when it comes to streaming football games. This is due to the cost-effective price, quality, and reliability of its streams and the number of leagues and competitions they offer. However, they aren’t the only player in the game. Let’s look at a few of ESPN+’s competitors.
fuboTV streams football matches from virtually every broadcaster, except ESPN. This means you can get content from FS1, FS2, FOX, FOX Soccer Plus, beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN SPORTS Connect, TNT, TyC Sports, NBCSN, NCB, Universo, Univision, Univision Deportes Network, Galavision, Chelsea TV, UniMas, and 70 other channels.
The leagues they broadcast include Premier League, LaLiga, Liga MX, World Cup, Women’s World Cup, MLS, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Primeira Liga, Ligue Un, NWSL, Bundesliga, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Argentina Superliga, Turkish Super Lig, Swiss Super League, UEFA Nations League, Euro 2020 qualifiers, Ascenso MX, African Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations.
Additionally, they feature DVR functionality, sleek design and are available on all the leading apps, and they broadcast select games in 4K. Consequently, they are a leading alternative to ESPN.
Paramount+ is CBS’ paid streaming service and offers UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Conference league games for U.S. viewers. However, while its quality and reliability are on par with ESPN+, it does not offer the variety of football league games that ESPN+ does.
What sets Fanatiz apart from many other streaming services on this list is its global football coverage. Fanatiz streams football from Chilean, Mexican, Peruvian, and Argentinian leagues. They also offer LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa Libertadores, Primeira Liga, Argentinian Superliga, the Chiliean Cup, and the Chilean first division league.
Additionally, Fanatiz’s pricing is competitive with ESPN+, and their streaming is high quality.
Sling TV is owned and operated by DISH. Football fans can choose between Sling Orange, which offers all the ESPN channels, or Sling Blue, which features the FOX channels. Or, you can subscribe to both. By subscribing to both, you will have access to Gold Cup, Copa America, Premier League, MLS, Liga MX, World Cup, and Women’s World Cup.
Sling TV is considered a reliable streaming service with quality content. However, to get ultimate access to global football content you need to subscribe to two services, which increases the cost. However, it does offer Cloud DVR with 50 hours of free storage space. This will let you record live games to watch later. You can even record multiple games at the same time.
Owned by NBC Universal, Peacock features over 20,000 hours of content. However, for football fans, they provide 175 Premier League Games exclusively per season. Consequently, Peacock is a reliable choice for Premier League fans.
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