- 40 UEFA Nations League matches to be streamed live on ESPN+
- ABC to broadcast its first-ever UEFA Nations League matches with Saturday doubleheader: Iceland vs. England and Portugal vs. Croatia
- More than 100 total matches from September through November
ESPN networks and platforms – including ESPN+ and ABC – will feature 54 UEFA Nations League matches over six days (Thursday, Sept. 3, through Tuesday, Sept. 8) during the upcoming FIFA Match Week. The schedule will be highlighted by a marquee matchup of European powers – Germany vs. Spain, 40 matches on ESPN+, and ABC’s first-ever broadcast of UEFA Nations League games.
On Thursday, ESPN+ will offer eight live matches at 2:35 p.m. ET to kick off this week’s schedule. During this FIFA Match Week, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service’s 40 total matches will showcase nearly all of Europe’s top sides and many of the teams in the top-15 FIFA World Rankings, including Belgium (No. 1), France (2), Croatia (6), Portugal (7), Spain (8), Switzerland (12), Italy (13), Netherlands (14) and Germany (15).
“UEFA Nations League on ESPN+ joins the most comprehensive soccer offering anywhere in the U.S. and showcases many of the world’s top national teams in the same place that millions of fans turn for coverage of many of the world’s top leagues, clubs and players,” said Russell Wolff, executive vice president and general manager, ESPN+.
On Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2, 2014 FIFA World Cup champions Germany face Spain, winners of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, live from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart. Germany’s roster features Leroy Sane, Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), midfielders Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Julian Brandt, Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund) and more. Spain’s key players: Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), and more. ESPN’s Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman will call the match.
The UEFA Nations League will make its debut on network television in the United States during ABC’s Saturday doubleheader: Iceland vs. England (11:50 a.m.) from Reykjavik, followed by Portugal vs. Croatia (2:30 p.m.) from Porto, Portugal, which pits five-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo and the 2016 UEFA EURO champions against the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists from Croatia. Champion and Twellman will commentate on the first match, while Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno will call the second game. Kay Murray and Craig Burley will handle pregame, halftime and post-game segments.
ESPN FC, the signature daily soccer show on ESPN+, will also feature highlights and analysis of UEFA Nations League competition daily through the competition window.
In addition to the September match schedule, over 50 more UEFA Nations league matches will appear across the ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN networks in October and November.
UEFA Nations League Schedule, September 3-8:
|Thu, Sep 3||11:50 a.m.||Latvia vs. Andorra||ESPN+|
|2:30 p.m.||Germany vs. Spain
Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman
|2:35 p.m.||Ukraine vs. Switzerland
Adrian Healey and Matt Lawrence
|2:35 p.m.||Russia vs. Serbia||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Turkey vs. Hungary||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Bulgaria vs. Republic of Ireland||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Finland vs. Wales||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Moldova vs. Kosovo||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Slovenia vs. Greece||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Faroe Islands vs. Malta||ESPN+|
|Fri, Sep 4||11:50 a.m.||Lithuania vs. Kazakhstan||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Italy vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Netherlands vs. Poland||ESPN+|
|2:30 p.m.||Norway vs. Austria
Healey and Matteo Bonetti
|2:35 p.m.||Romania vs. Northern Ireland||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Scotland vs. Israel||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Slovakia vs. Czech Republic||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Belarus vs. Albania||ESPN+|
|Sat, Sep 5||8:50 a.m.||North Macedonia vs. Armenia
Ross Dyer and Lawrence
|8:50 a.m.||Gibraltar vs. San Marino||ESPN+|
|11:50 a.m.||Iceland vs. England
Champion and Taylor
|ABC / ESPN3|
|11:50 a.m.||Azerbaijan vs. Luxembourg||ESPN+|
|11:50 a.m.||Cyprus vs. Montenegro||ESPN+|
|11:50 a.m.||Estonia vs. Georgia||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Denmark vs. Belgium||ESPN+|
|2:30 p.m.||Portugal vs. Croatia
Healey and Alejandro Moreno
|ABC / ESPN3|
|2:35 p.m.||Sweden vs. France||ESPN+|
|Sun, Sep 6||8:50 a.m.||Wales vs. Bulgaria||ESPN3|
|8:50 a.m.||Andorra vs. Faroe Islands||ESPN+|
|11:50 a.m.||Hungary vs. Russia||ESPN+|
|11:50 a.m.||Republic of Ireland vs. Finland
Healey and Moreno
|11:50 a.m.||Slovenia vs. Moldova||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Spain vs. Ukraine||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Switzerland vs. Germany||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Serbia vs. Turkey
Dyer and Bonetti
|2:35 p.m.||Kosovo vs. Greece||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Malta vs. Latvia||ESPN+|
|Mon, Sep 7||9:50 a.m.||Kazakhstan vs. Belarus||ESPN3|
|2:35 p.m.||Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Poland||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Netherlands vs. Italy||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Austria vs. Romania||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Northern Ireland vs. Norway||ESPN+|
|2:30 p.m.||Czech Republic vs. Scotland
Healey and Craig Burley
|2:35 p.m.||Israel vs. Slovakia||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Albania vs. Lithuania||ESPN+|
|Tue, Sep 8||11:50 a.m.||Armenia vs. Estonia||ESPN3|
|11:50 a.m.||Georgia vs. North Macedonia||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Belgium vs. Iceland||ESPN+|
|2:30 p.m.||Denmark vs. England
Healey and Burley
|2:35 p.m.||France vs. Croatia||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Sweden vs. Portugal||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||Cyprus vs. Azerbaijan||ESPN3|
|2:35 p.m.||Luxembourg vs. Montenegro||ESPN+|
|2:35 p.m.||San Marino vs. Liechtenstein||ESPN+|
All matches and times subject to change.
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ABOUT THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE
The UEFA Nations League is the European national-team competition that replaces friendlies with competitive matches. The four group winners of the top-ranked League A qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals in 2021 – a knockout tournament which will be hosted by one of the quartet. The remaining sides compete for promotion and relegation.
A new league structure has been introduced since the first edition, comprising 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C and seven teams in League D. The group winners in Leagues B, C and D gain promotion. Those finishing bottom of the groups in Leagues A and B will be relegated. Two League C teams will be relegated to League D for the third edition of the competition in 2022/23. Those two teams are determined by play-offs (home and away) between the four fourth-ranked teams from each League C group.