ESPN+, English FA Ink Four-Year Extension of the Emirates FA Cup Soccer Streaming Rights in the U.S.

ESPN+, English FA Ink Four-Year Extension of the Emirates FA Cup Soccer Streaming Rights in the U.S.

ESPN+ has inked a deal with the English Football Association (FA) for the U.S. media rights to the oldest and longest-running national cup competition in soccer, the Emirates FA Cup, for the next four seasons, 2024-25 through 2027-28.

The agreement, which underscores U.S. streaming platforms’ growing interest in live sports, extends ESPN+’s position as the exclusive home of 79 Emirates FA Cup matches each season, beginning with the first round and running through to the final at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The agreement includes the FA Community Shield, the annual season-opening match between the latest Emirates FA Cup winners and Premier League title holders.

ESPN+ has been the exclusive home of the Emirates FA Cup in the United States since the 2018-19 season. The renewal agreement was brokered by the competition’s media rights partner in the United States, IMG.

“The Emirates FA Cup is an iconic, historic, and resonant competition, and offering it as part of the robust content offering on ESPN+ continues to make the platform a must-have for soccer fans,” Tim Bunnell, SVP of programming and acquisition for ESPN, said in a statement.

The Emirates FA Cup on ESPN+ continues to bolster the collection of soccer content available on the sports streaming platform. The competition in England joins the DFB Pokal (Germany) and Copa del Rey (Spain) to complete a triad of cup competitions among the sport’s top four leagues available on ESPN+.

In addition, ESPN+ is the U.S. home to matches from LALIGA, Germany’s Bundesliga, the Dutch Eredivisie, and Supercopa de España, among others.

On May 25, ESPN+ will exclusively carry the second-straight Manchester Derby Emirates FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Manchester United, live from Wembley Stadium. English-language coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET with “ESPN FC” pregame show (kickoff at 10 a.m.). Jon Champion and Jim Beglin (English), Fernando Palomo and Eduardo Biscayart (Spanish) will call the match.

ESPN+, which will part of the pending Venu sports app JV between Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery, will also be integral to the standalone launch of a new ESPN app in 2025.

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