Soccer on Fox Sports

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Soccer on Fox Sports
Also known asBundesliga on Fox, DFL-Supercup on Fox, MLS on Fox
GenreSoccer telecasts
Presented byIan Joy
Rob Stone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time3+ hours (or until game ends)
Production company(s)Fox Sports
Release
Original networkFox
Fox Sports Networks
Fox Sports 1
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
External links
Website

Fox currently airs Association football matches in the United States. These matches are from the German DFL-Supercup, the German Bundesliga, and the American MLS. Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League until 2018, when Turner Sports took over this programming.

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 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]

Bundesliga[edit]

Fox has aired the Bundesliga since 2015 and airs 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).[3] The lead commentator is Keith Costigan. The 2019-20 season will be 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.[4]

MLS[edit]

Fox airs weekly Major League Soccer (MLS) matches on Sunday afternoons and evenings, hosted by Rob Stone hosts 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 Sports Networks also hold rights to local MLS clubs.

USMNT/USWNT[edit]

Through their MLS deal, Fox shares the right to USMNT and USWNT matches with ESPN. John Strong and Stuart Holden are the main USMNT commentators with studio coverage hosted by Ian Joy or 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 Heather O'Reilly and Alexi Lalas.

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, and the Fox Sports regional networks in the Western U.S.

Former rights[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Fox previously aired the English FA Cup since 2014, until their rights expired in 2018. ESPN has since acquired these rights.

UEFA Champions League and Europa League[edit]

Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League from 2011-2018.[5]

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
Ian Joy Scotland Lead Bundesliga studio host and International matches studio host
Kate Abdo England Bundesliga and International matches studio host
Sara Walsh United States International matches studio host
Ross Dyer England Fill-in studio host

Studio analysts

Name Nationality Coverage
Alexi Lalas United States Lead MLS, Bundesliga, and International matches studio analyst
Warren Barton England Lead Bundesliga studio analyst and International matches color commentator/studio analyst
Jovan Kirovski United States Bundesliga color commentator/studio analyst
Maurice Edu United States MLS and Bundesliga studio analyst
Mario Melchiot Netherlands Bundesliga studio analyst
Heather O'Reilly United States Women's International Matches studio analyst
Leslie Osborne United States Women's International Matches studio analyst

Play-by-play announcers:

Name Nationality Coverage
John Strong United States Lead MLS, Bundesliga, 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
Derek Rae Scotland MLS Fill-in play-by-play announcer and International matches
Glenn Davis United States International matches
Mark Followill United States MLS #3 and International Matches
Keith Costigan Republic of Ireland Lead Bundesliga play-by-play announcer
MLS #4 play-by-play announcer
Mark Rogondino United States MLS Fill-in play-by-play announcer
Jake Zivin United States MLS Fill-in play-by-play announcer
Adrian Garcia-Marquez United States Liga MX play-by-play announcer
Jenn Hildreth United States Women's International Matches
Lisa Byington United States Women's International Matches

Color commentators

Name Nationality Coverage
Stuart Holden United States Lead MLS, Bundesliga, United States men's national soccer team, and International color commentator
Tony Meola United States MLS and International color commentator
Warren Barton England Bundesliga and International matches color commentator/studio analyst
Jovan Kirovski United States Bundesliga color commentator/studio analyst
Brian Dunseth United States MLS color commentator
Dan Kennedy United States MLS color commentator
Cobi Jones United States Liga MX color commentator
Aly Wagner United States Lead USWNT 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:

  • Katie Witham, Danielle Slaton, Marisa Pilla, Jackie Montgomery, Alex Curry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA grants Fox U.S. TV rights for World Cup through 2026". SI.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  2. ^ Longman, Jeré. "Fox and Telemundo Win U.S. Rights to 2018 and 2022 World Cups". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  3. ^ Phillip Quinn (October 14, 2014). "Fox Sports secures Bundesliga's USA television rights beginning 2015-2016". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bayern Munich-Dortmund German Supercup to be featured on FOX network". World Soccer Talk. July 21, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Turner's soccer shocker". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2018-07-27.

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