ESPN, Inc. 2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule

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ESPN, Inc. 2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule

All 64 Matches Live and in HD; Mobile and Digital Coverage; Nightly Reairs

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ESPN will present comprehensive coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup June 11, through July 11, from 10 stadiums in nine cities across South Africa.  All 64 matches will be aired live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, and extensive coverage on and ESPN Mobile TV.  In addition, 2010 FIFA World Cup studio programs, including prematch, halftime and postmatch segments, will be presented in high definition.

ESPN will air 44 FIFA World Cup matches from South Africa – the most ever for the network in one tournament.  ESPN2 will feature 10 matches.  ABC will broadcast 10, beginning with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s tournament opener vs. England on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. ET in Rustenburg.  The tournament will conclude on ABC with the title match Sunday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. ET from the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

Coverage will begin Friday, June 11, on ESPN, and ESPN Mobile TV, with the tournament’s opening match at 9:30 a.m. from the Soccer City in Johannesburg, host country South Africa versus Mexico.


For the first time in ESPN’s 28-year history of covering the FIFA World Cup, all match telecasts will include prematch, halftime and postmatch studio segments originating live from the host nation.  The prematch segment will include the teams walking onto the pitch, the national anthems and ceremonial handshakes – all symbolic FIFA World Cup traditions.


ESPN’s signature broadband network will provide live online simulcasts of the 54 ESPN and ESPN2 matches.  The service will also feature ESPN and ESPN2’s live prematch, halftime and postmatch segments.

Additionally, all 64 matches will be archived and accessible to fans on through the end of the calendar year.  All matches will be available for replay on shortly after the completion. is one of the premier broadband destinations for live soccer events featuring Spain’s La Liga, German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, The Football League and the Carling Cup (UK), Italian soccer (Serie A, Coppa Italia), Russian Premier League, Chinese Premiere League and more


ESPN Mobile TV — ESPN’s 24/7 mobile sports television network available through an agreement with Sprint and on the FLO TV and MobiTV platforms via AT&T and Verizon — will feature live coverage of 46 matches from ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts except the eight on concurrent match windows, June 22-25.


ESPN Classic will reair all 64 FIFA World Cup matches.  Each matchday, between at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m., the network will present all the matches played earlier that day.

ESPN and ESPN2 will air the best match of the day on select nights throughout the tournament.


The U.S. Men’s National Team, currently ranked No. 14 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, will kickoff its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against England (ranked No. 9) live on ABC HD Saturday, June 12 at 2 p.m., from the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.  Other U.S. first round matches:

Fri 6/18      ESPN/ at 9:30 a.m.

Slovenia vs. USA

Wed 6/23  ESPN/ at 9:30 a.m.

USA vs. Algeria

2010 FIFA World Cup Groupings (Team Rankings – December 2009)

Group A Group B Group C Group D
1  South Africa (85) 1  Argentina (8) 1  England (9) 1  Germany (6)
2  Mexico  (17) 2  Nigeria (22) 2  USA (14) 2  Australia (21)
3  Uruguay (20) 3  Korea Republic (52) 3  Algeria (26) 3  Serbia (19)
4  France (7) 4  Greece (13) 4  Slovenia (31) 4  Ghana (34)
Group E Group F Group G Group H
1  Netherlands (3) 1  Italy (4) 1  Brazil (2) 1  Spain (1)
2  Denmark (28) 2  Paraguay (29) 2  Korea DPR (86) 2  Switzerland (18)
3  Japan (43) 3  New Zealand (82) 3  Cote d’Ivoire (16) 3  Honduras (37)
4  Cameroon (11) 4  Slovakia (33) 4  Portugal (5) 4  Chile (15)


u All times EASTERN u Schedule is subject to change

u All matches in high definition u ABC Sports broadcasts in italics


Time (ET)





Match #

Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ South Africa vs. Mexico A Johannesburg 1
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Uruguay vs. France A Cape Town 2
Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN/ Korea Republic vs. Greece B Port Elizabeth 3
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Argentina vs. Nigeria B Johannesburg 4
  2 p.m. ABC England vs. USA C Rustenburg 5
Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN/ Algeria vs. Slovenia C Polokwane 6
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Serbia vs. Ghana D Pretoria 7
  2 p.m. ABC Germany vs. Australia D Durban 8
Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN/ Netherlands vs. Denmark E Johannesburg 9
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Japan vs. Cameroon E Bloemfontein 10
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Italy vs. Paraguay F Cape Town 11
Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN/ New Zealand vs. Slovakia F Rustenburg 12
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Ivory Coast vs. Portugal G Port Elizabeth 13
2 p.m. ESPN/ Brazil vs. Korea DPR G Johannesburg 14
Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN/ Honduras vs. Chile H Nelspruit 15
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Spain vs. Switzerland H Durban 16
2 p.m. ESPN/ South Africa vs. Uruguay A Pretoria 17
Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN/ Argentina vs. Korea Rep. B Johannesburg 18
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Greece vs. Nigeria B Bloemfontein 19
2 p.m. ESPN2/ France vs. Mexico A Polokwane 20
Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN/ Germany vs. Serbia D Port Elizabeth 21
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Slovenia vs. USA C Johannesburg 22
2 p.m. ESPN2/ England vs. Algeria C Cape Town 23
Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN/ Netherlands vs. Japan E Durban 25
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Ghana vs. Australia D Rustenburg 24
2 p.m. ABC Cameroon vs. Denmark E Pretoria 26
Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN/ Slovakia vs. Paraguay F Bloemfontein 27
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Italy vs. New Zealand F Nelspruit 28
2 p.m. ABC Brazil vs. Ivory Coast G Johannesburg 29
Mon 6/21 7 a.m. ESPN/ Portugal vs. Korea DPR G Cape Town 30
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Chile vs. Switzerland H Port Elizabeth 31
2 p.m. ESPN/ Spain vs. Honduras H Johannesburg 32
Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Mexico vs. Uruguay A Rustenburg 33
9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ France vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 34
2 p.m. ESPN2/ Nigeria vs. Korea Republic B Durban 35
2 p.m. ESPN/ Greece vs. Argentina B Polokwane 36
Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Slovenia vs. England C Port Elizabeth 37
9:30 a.m. ESPN/ USA vs. Algeria C Pretoria 38
2 p.m. ESPN/ Ghana vs. Germany D Johannesburg 39
2 p.m. ESPN2/ Australia vs. Serbia D Nelspruit 40
Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Slovakia vs. Italy F Johannesburg 41
9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Paraguay vs. New Zealand F Polokwane 42
2 p.m. ESPN/ Denmark vs. Japan E Rustenburg 43
2 p.m. ESPN2/ Cameroon vs. Netherlands E Cape Town 44
Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Portugal vs. Brazil G Durban 45
9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR G Nelspruit 46
2 p.m. ESPN/ Chile vs. Spain H Pretoria 47
2 p.m. ESPN2/ Switzerland vs. Honduras H Bloemfontein 48

2nd Stage – Round of 16


Time (ET)




Match #

Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st A vs. 2nd B   Port Elizabeth 49
2 p.m. ABC 1st C vs. 2nd D   Rustenburg 50
Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st D vs. 2nd C   Bloemfontein 51
2 p.m. ABC 1st B vs. 2nd A   Johannesburg 52
Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st E vs. 2nd F   Durban 53
2 p.m. ESPN/ 1st G vs. 2nd H   Johannesburg 54
Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st F vs. 2nd E   Pretoria 55
2 p.m. ESPN/ 1st H vs. 2nd G   Cape Town 56

2nd Stage — Quarterfinals


Time (ET)




Match #

Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Winners 53 vs. 54


Port Elizabeth 57
2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners 49 vs. 50


Johannesburg 58
Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. ABC Winners 52 vs. 51


Cape Town 59
2 p.m. ABC Winners 55 vs. 56


Johannesburg 60

2nd Stage — Semifinals


Time (ET)




Match #

Tue 7/6 2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners A vs. C   Cape Town 61
Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners B vs. D   Durban 62

Third Place Match

Sat 7/10 2 p.m. ABC Losers – 61 vs. 62   Port Elizabeth 63

2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match

Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. ABC Winners – 61 vs. 62   Johannesburg 64

ESPN Inc.’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coverage in the United States

South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition., ESPN’s signature broadband network available in 41 million homes, will feature live English-language simulcasts of matches on ESPN and ESPN2.  ESPN Mobile TV will show 46 matches.  ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language all sports network, will air up to 40 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S.

Additionally, ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase.  Studio coverage of the quadrennial global event will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and prematch, halftime and postmatch shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg.

ESPN Coverage of Past FIFA World Cup Events:

Germany 2006 – All 64 matches live and in high definition

Korea/Japan 2002 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (6 tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)

France 1998 – All 64 matches live on ESPN (27), ESPN2 (23) and ABC Sports (14)

USA 1994 – All 52 matches – ESPN (41) and ABC (11)

Mexico 1986 – 15 matches on ESPN (U.S. cable television rights)

Spain 1982 – 7 matches on ESPN

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