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Soccer on Fox Sports

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

Fox currently airs Association football matches in the United States. These matches are from the FIFA World Cup, the Gold Cup, MLS, and the Liga MX. Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, the Serie A, and the FA Cup.

Current contracts


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]


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.


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

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.

Canadian Premier League

In August 2020, Fox Sports became the first American broadcast partner of the Canadian Premier League.[3]

Former rights


Fox aired the Bundesliga since 2015 and aired 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).[4] The lead commentator was Keith Costigan. The 2019-20 season will be the networks' last broadcasting the Bundesliga as ESPN picked up the rights.


Fox has aired the German DFL-Supercup since 2015 and only airs select tournament matches.[5]

Premier League

Fox Soccer aired the English Premier League from 2000-2013. In the later years of their coverage, Fox had a studio pregame show first hosted by Christian Miles until 2011, then by Rob Stone. Studio analysts were Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda, and Keith Costigan. Commentary was provided by former corporate sibling Sky Sports.

FA Cup

Fox previously aired the English FA Cup since 2014, until their rights expired in 2018. ESPN has since acquired these rights. FA Cup coverage was hosted by Rob Stone or Kate Abdo alongside a rotation of analysts including Warren Barton, Alexi Lalas, and Mario Melchiot. Lead world feed broadcast team for FA Cup was Martin Tyler and Stewart Robson.

UEFA Champions League and Europa League

Fox formerly aired the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League from 2011–2018.[6] Rob Stone hosted UEFA Champions League coverage alongside a rotation of analysts including Warren Barton, Brad Friedel, Eric Wynalda, Stuart Holden, and Alexi Lalas. Lead broadcast team for non World-Feed broadcasts of UEFA Champions League from 2013–2014 was Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda, until John Strong and Stuart Holden or Brad Friedel replaced them as lead commentator for the rest of the contract. Ian Joy or Kate Abdo hosted UEFA Europa League coverage alongside analysts Stuart Holden, Warren Barton, and Mario Melchiot. Lead broadcast team for Europa League coverage was Keith Costigan and Alexi Lalas. For World-Feed broadcasts, Tony Jones and David Pleat call both UEFA Champions League Final and UEFA Europa League Final.

On-air staff

Regular Season


Name Nationality Coverage
Rob Stone United States Lead MLS, United States men's national soccer team Games, and International matches studio host
Sara Walsh United States International matches and MLS studio host

Studio analysts

Name Nationality Coverage
Alexi Lalas United States Lead MLS and International matches studio analyst
Warren Barton England International matches color commentator/studio analyst
Maurice Edu United States MLS
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, 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 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, United States men's national soccer team, and International color commentator
Tony Meola United States MLS and International color commentator
Warren Barton England International matches color commentator/studio analyst
Brad Evans United States MLS match 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


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


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

External links

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