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ESPN+ and ESPN have continued their investment in soccer rights with the US rights to Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. With ESPN+’s existing Serie A matches makes ESPN and ESPN+ the exclusive home of Italian professional soccer in the United States.

Coppa Italia:

  • Italy’s single-elimination domestic Cup competition
  • 24 matches will air on ESPN+ per year
  • Coverage will begin with the round of 16 matches in January 2019 through the semifinal series in February
  • The Coppa Italia Final will air on a ESPN network on April 25, 2019
  • An ESPN network will also broadcast the one-match Supercoppa Italiana which is a matchup of the winner of Serie A and the Coppa Italia champion

Danish Superliga (Denmark):

  • The 14-team league has a unique competition format – league-wide home-and-away series combined with teams paired into 10-match championship rounds for the top-six teams (bottom eight compete in relegation playoffs) – played July through May
  • Current champion: FC Midtjylland
  • Approximately 36 matches (one per week) will be streamed on ESPN+.

Allsvenskan (Sweden):

  • The 16-team Allsvenskan is a foundational league for the Swedish National Team, which reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals
  • Current champion: Malmö FF
  • ESPN+ will stream 30 matches (one per week) April through November.

Indian Super League:

  • The 10-team Indian Super League (ISL) began play in October 2014
  • Current champion: Chennaiyin FC
  • ESPN+ will stream 60 matches (five per week).

 

 
 

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