The summer is upon us and it opens up a heck of a run of international soccer leading us toward the 2022 World Cup. There is plenty of World Cup qualifying going on around the world, but the biggest tournament of the summer opens on Friday, June 11 with UEFA’s 2020 (2021) European Football Championship in sites all across the European continent. If you want to refer to it as Euro 2020, be my guest.
That’s followed in July by Concacaf’s Gold Cup tournament hosted in the United States and then Olympic soccer in Tokyo. Once that wraps, September brings us 2022 World Cup qualifying for the United States.
It’s going to be a busy summer, and it starts with a busy two weeks of Euro 2021 group stage play. Italy and Turkey open group play on June 11 and then most days after that we get at least three games per day to determine the 16 teams in the knockout stage.
ESPN’s network of channels will be broadcasting the entirety of the 51-match tournament. ESPN will broadcast 40 matches, ESPN2 will broadcast six matches, and ABC will broadcast five. Here’s the full schedule of games with dates, times, and TV channels.
If you are not in front of a television, WatchESPN will live stream all of the ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 matches. Additionally, ESPN+ will provide a “second-screen experience” of three different video feeds for all 51 matches.
You’ll need a cable subscription to access WatchESPN and a separate subscription for ESPN+. If you don’t have a cable login to access WatchESPN, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the tournament.