Soccer on Fox Sports

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Soccer on Fox Sports
GenreSoccer telecasts
Presented byRob Stone
Theme music composerPeter Calandra
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time3+ hours (or until game ends)
Production companyFox Sports
Release
Original networkFox
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus

Fox currently airs soccer matches in the United States. These matches are from the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Women's World Cup, the Gold Cup, Copa América, MLS, and the Liga MX. Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, the Serie A, and the FA Cup.

Current contracts[edit]

FIFA[edit]

On October 22, 2011, FIFA awarded English-language rights to its tournaments to Fox from 2015 through 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the 2015 (which would mark Fox's first professional FIFA tournament broadcast) and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, replacing ESPN. In February 2015, the contract was extended to 2026, in what was reported to be compensation for the re-scheduling of the 2022 World Cup to late-November/mid-December (which conflicts with the regular seasons of most major U.S. leagues, including the NFL) due to the climate of the host country.[1][2]

UEFA[edit]

Fox is set to be the new home of the UEFA national tournaments, replacing ESPN. This six-year agreement will including the next two editions of European Championship as well as the UEFA Nations League, UEFA qualifying competitions, and all friendly matches controlled by UEFA.[3]

CONCACAF[edit]

Fox exclusively airing most of CONCACAF Clubs and Nations Championship until 2022, including Gold Cup, Champions League, and both Men's and Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Fox also airing the US matches in the Nations League, shared with ESPN as part of their MLS deal.

CONMEBOL[edit]

Fox reached an long-term agreement with CONMEBOL for airing their South American men's and women's soccer tournament, highlighted with Copa América and Copa América Femenina also including World Cup and Olympic qualifiers. This six-year agreement will kick-off this June with 2021 Copa América.[4]

MLS[edit]

Fox airs weekly Major League Soccer (MLS) matches on Sunday afternoons and evenings. Rob Stone hosts in the studio alongside studio analysts Alexi Lalas and Maurice Edu. John Strong and Stuart Holden call the weekly game from site. (See Major League Soccer on television.)

Multiple FOX-owned television stations (like WOFL and KCOP-TV) also hold rights to local MLS clubs.[5]

USMNT/USWNT[edit]

Through their MLS deal, Fox shares the right to USMNT and USWNT matches with ESPN/ABC. John Strong and Stuart Holden are the main USMNT commentators with studio coverage hosted by Rob Stone alongside analysts Alexi Lalas and Maurice Edu. USWNT commentators are JP Dellacamera with analyst Aly Wagner and studio coverage hosted by Rob Stone, Sara Walsh, or Jenny Taft with analysts Leslie Osborne, Heather O'Reilly, and Alexi Lalas. This coverage will end after 2022 when these rights will move to Turner Sports.[6][7]

Liga MX[edit]

In May 2018, Fox Sports acquired the rights to Tijuana, Monterrey, and Santos home matches. These matches started airing across Fox Sports in late July 2018, with the exception of Santos matches which will begin in 2019. Matches are broadcast on FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes, and the Fox Sports regional networks in the Western U.S.

Canadian Premier League[edit]

In August 2020, Fox Sports became the first American broadcast partner of the Canadian Premier League.[8]

Former rights[edit]

Bundesliga[edit]

Fox aired the Bundesliga since 2015 and aired all 306 league games and relegation playoffs via FS1, FS2, and Fox Soccer Plus. The pre-game and halftime show is hosted by Ian Joy or Kate Abdo, and two pundits (rotation).[9] The lead commentator was Keith Costigan. The 2019–20 season was the networks' last broadcasting the Bundesliga as ESPN picked up the rights.

DFL-Supercup[edit]

Fox has aired the German DFL-Supercup since 2015 and only airs select tournament matches.[10]

Premier League[edit]

Fox Soccer aired the English Premier League from 2000-2013. In the later years of their coverage, Fox had a studio pregame show first hosted by Christian Miles until 2011, then by Rob Stone. Studio analysts were Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda, and Keith Costigan. Commentary was provided by former corporate sibling Sky Sports.

FA Cup[edit]

Fox previously aired the English FA Cup since 2014, until their rights expired in 2018. ESPN has since acquired these rights. FA Cup coverage was hosted by Rob Stone or Kate Abdo alongside a rotation of analysts including Warren Barton, Alexi Lalas, and Mario Melchiot. Lead world feed broadcast team for FA Cup was Martin Tyler and Stewart Robson.

UEFA Champions League and Europa League[edit]

Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League from 2009–2018.[11] Rob Stone hosted UEFA Champions League coverage alongside a rotation of analysts including Warren Barton, Brad Friedel, Eric Wynalda, Stuart Holden, and Alexi Lalas. Lead broadcast team for non World-Feed broadcasts of UEFA Champions League from 2013–2014 was Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda, then the World-Feed broadcasts, and finally John Strong and Stuart Holden or Brad Friedel replaced them as lead commentator from 2016–18. Ian Joy or Kate Abdo hosted UEFA Europa League coverage alongside analysts Stuart Holden, Warren Barton, and Mario Melchiot. Lead broadcast team for Europa League coverage was Keith Costigan and Alexi Lalas. For World-Feed broadcasts, Tony Jones and David Pleat call both UEFA Champions League Final and UEFA Europa League Final.

On-air staff[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Presenters

Name Nationality Coverage
Rob Stone United States Lead MLS, United States men's national soccer team games, and international matches studio host
Sara Walsh United States International matches and MLS studio host
Jenny Taft United States International matches studio host
Rodolfo Landeros MexicoUnited States MLS studio host

Studio analysts

Name Nationality Coverage
Alexi Lalas United States Lead MLS and international matches studio analyst
Warren Barton England International matches color commentator/studio analyst
Maurice Edu United States MLS and international matches studio analyst
Rodney Wallace Costa Rica International matches studio analyst
Steve Cherundolo United States International matches guest studio analyst
Heather O'Reilly United States United States women's national soccer team and international matches studio analyst
Leslie Osborne United States United States women's national soccer team and international matches studio analyst
Christie Pearce United States United States women's national soccer team and international matches studio analyst
Melissa Ortiz United StatesColombia Women's international matches studio analyst
Joe Machnik United States MLS and International matches rules analyst
Mark Clattenburg England International matches rules analyst

Play-by-play announcers

Name Nationality Coverage
John Strong United States Lead MLS, United States men's national soccer team, and international play-by-play announcer
JP Dellacamera United States MLS #2, lead United States women's national soccer team play-by-play announcer, and international matches
Keith Costigan Republic of Ireland MLS #3 and Liga MX play-by-play announcer, fill-in international play-by-play announcer
Adrian Garcia-Marquez United States MLS, Liga MX and international matches play-by-play announcer
Ian Darke England FIFA International matches play-by-play announcer
Jacqui Oatley England FIFA International matches play-by-play announcer
Jake Zivin United States MLS and international fill-in play-by-play announcer
Nate Bukaty United States MLS and International matches play-by-play announcer
Kate Scott United States International matches play-by-play announcer
Jorge Pérez-Navarro Mexico International matches play-by-play announcer

Color commentators

Name Nationality Coverage
Stuart Holden United States Lead MLS, United States men's national soccer team, and international color commentator
Cobi Jones United States MLS, Liga MX and international color commentator
Warren Barton England MLS and International color commentator/studio analyst
Mariano Trujillo Mexico Liga MX and International matches color commentator
Aly Wagner United States Lead USWNT and International matches color commentator
Kyndra de St. Aubin United States Women's international matches
Danielle Slaton United States Women's international matches
Angela Hucles United States Women's international matches
Cat Whitehill United States Women's international matches

Reporters

Name Nationality Coverage
Rodolfo Landeros MexicoUnited States MLS and United States men's national soccer team
Alex Curry United States United States women's national soccer team

Past international coverage and broadcast teams[edit]

Event(s) Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Reporters Studio host(s) Studio analyst(s)
2022 World Cup
2022 Copa América Femenina JP Dellacamera
John Strong
Callum Williams
Aly Wagner
Lori Lindsey
Kyndra de St. Aubin
Cat Whitehill
2021 Copa America John Strong
Jake Zivin
Kate Scott
Adrian Garcia Marquez
Stuart Holden
Mariano Trujillo
Warren Barton
Rob Stone Alexi Lalas, Aly Wagner, Maurice Edu, Cobi Jones and Dr. Jor Machnik (rules analyst)
2019 Women's World Cup JP Dellacamera
Derek Rae
Jenn Hildreth
Glenn Davis
Lisa Byington
Aly Wagner
Danielle Slaton
Kyndra de St. Aubin
Angela Hucles
Cat Whitehill
Alex Curry
Grant Wahl
Rob Stone and Jenny Taft (Paris)
Kate Abdo (Los Angeles)
Aaron West (digital)
Alexi Lalas, Eniola Aluko, Ariane Hingst, Kate Gill, Karina LeBlanc, Heather O'Reilly and Kelly Smith (Paris)
Leslie Osborne, Christie Pearce Rampone and Maurice Edu (Los Angeles)
Christina Unkel (rules analyst)
2018 World Cup John Strong
JP Dellacamera
Derek Rae
Glenn Davis
Jorge Perez-Navarro
Mark Followill
Stuart Holden
Tony Meola
Aly Wagner
Cobi Jones
Mariano Trujillo
Warren Barton
Geoff Shreeves
Jenny Taft
Rodolfo Landeros
Maria Komandnaya
Sergey Gordeev
Grant Wahl
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Ian Joy
Rachel Bonnetta (digital)
Alexi Lalas, Hernan Crespo, Clarence Seedorf, Moisés Muñoz, Fernando Fiore, Martin O'Neill, Guus Hiddink, Kelly Smith, Ian Wright, and Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst)
2017 Confederations Cup John Strong
JP Dellacamera
Jorge Perez-Navarro
Stuart Holden
Aly Wagner
Mariano Trujillo
Maria Komandnaya
Francisco X. Rivera
Sergey Gordeev
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Guus Hiddink, Lothar Matthäus, Arne Friedrich, Ian Wright, Aly Wagner, Cobi Jones, Mariano Trujillo, Fernando Fiore, and Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst)
2016 Copa America John Strong
JP Dellacamera
Justin Kutcher
Mark Followill
Brad Friedel
Stuart Holden
Cobi Jones
Herculez Gomez
Jenny Taft
Kyndra de St. Aubin
Francisco X. Rivera
Grant Wahl (at-large)
Rob Stone Alexi Lalas, Landon Donovan, Eric Wynalda, Fernando Fiore, Aly Wagner, Herculez Gomez, and Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst)
2015 Women's World Cup JP Dellacamera
Justin Kutcher
Jenn Hildreth
Glenn Davis
John Strong
Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill
Aly Wagner
Kyndra de St. Aubin
Christine Latham
Angela Hucles
Danielle Slaton
Jenny Taft
Julie Stewart-Binks
Grant Wahl
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Alexi Lalas, Heather Mitts, Eric Wynalda, Mónica González, Ariane Hingst, Angela Hucles, Christine Latham, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Stuart Holden, and Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Longman, Jeré. "Fox and Telemundo Win U.S. Rights to 2018 and 2022 World Cups". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  3. ^ "FOX Sports Scores Media Rights to UEFA European Championship in Landmark Deal" (Press release). Fox Sports. 2021-11-03. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  4. ^ "FOX Sports Becomes the Home of South American National Team Soccer with Long-Term Conmebol Deal". Fox Sports PressPass. 2021-05-04. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  5. ^ "LAFC finalizes deal for games to be broadcast on KCOP-TV and Bally Sports SoCal".
  6. ^ Koons, Zach. "U.S. Soccer Will Be Broadcast On Two Different Networks Starting in 2023". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  7. ^ Tenorio, Sam Stejskal and Paul. "U.S. Soccer agrees to 8-year English-language media rights deal with Turner Sports and HBO". The Athletic. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  8. ^ "How to watch RB Leipzig vs PSG, Bayern Munich vs Lyon".
  9. ^ Phillip Quinn (October 14, 2014). "Fox Sports secures Bundesliga's USA television rights beginning 2015-2016". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Bayern Munich-Dortmund German Supercup to be featured on FOX network". World Soccer Talk. July 21, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Turner's soccer shocker". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2018-07-27.

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