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Fox Soccer Channel
FOX Soccer Channel.png
Launched February 7, 2005
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group (News Corporation)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Slogan Live It Here
Formerly called Fox Sports World
Sister channel(s) Fox Soccer Plus
Website FoxSoccer.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 619
Dish Network 149 (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels
Verizon FiOS 84, 1522
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 654

Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) is an American television speciality channel, owned by News Corporation's Fox Entertainment Group, that specializes in soccer. It also shows rugby and Australian rules football. The channel took its current name on February 7, 2005; before then, the network was known as Fox Sports World, launched November 1, 1997. In 2006, all non-soccer programming (other than Sky Sports News - see below) was dropped.

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Current programming

The channel focuses on soccer throughout the world. Among the countries whose matches it currently televises:

Argentina

  • One match every week from the Primera División, plus a weekly highlights show. The featured Argentine League matches begins on Sunday usually at 3:10 Eastern and is tape-delayed on FSC until 5pm Eastern or later (with the exception of the Boca Juniors-River Plate Superclásico, which normally airs live). Also, the network broadcasts a dubbed version of Fútbol de Primera, Torneos y Competencias' weekly review show, every Wednesday night.

Australia

United Kingdom

  • Live and tape-delayed matches each week from the English Premier League, plus weekly magazine (Premier League World), preview (Premier League Preview Show, and Fox Soccer Match Day) and recap (Premier League Review and Super Sunday +) shows. Fox Sports International shares US EPL TV rights with ESPN2. Both networks hold exclusive rights to matches each week in consistent time-slots.
  • The season-opening FA Community Shield live.
  • FA Cup ties through 2012. Some matches air on Fox Soccer Plus.
  • England under-21 home matches.
  • England national football team home matches. Most weekend matches and qualifiers air live on pay-per-view. FSC rebroadcasts the matches during the following week.
  • Dream Team: English football soap opera, which completed its 10th and final series in the UK in 2007, but is currently only in its 9th on FSC in the United States.

Italy

  • Exclusive English-language coverage of Serie A for the 2007-2008 through 2009-2010 seasons[1].

Japan

  • A weekly highlights package from the J. League.

United States

Canada

Currently the network is not being carried and soccer matches are shown on Fox Sports World Canada.

Other events

  • FIFA:
    • Club World Cup through December 2010.
      • Through 2006, FSC aired several other FIFA events (see "Past programming" section immediately below). However, ESPN now holds the U.S. English-language television rights to all FIFA events except for the Club World Cup, from 2007 through 2015.

Past programming

In the past, FSC also aired the following:

HD Programming

Fox Soccer Channel HD is a 720p high definition simulcast of Fox Soccer Channel that launched in January of 2010. On February 10, 2010, FSC HD became available on Dish Network. [2]

Sky Sports News

FSC picks up the feed from its corporate cousin, Sky Sports News in the United Kingdom. In 2007, FSC began running the feed live at 2 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Eastern Time (the 7 p.m. edition is sometimes replaced with a live match). This arrangement dates back to its days as Fox Sports World, and offers updated soccer news throughout the day (along with coverage of other international sports such as rugby, cricket and British horse racing.)

Fox Soccer Report

FSC's flagship studio program is the Fox Soccer Report, anchored by Carlos Machado, Jeremy St. Louis, Derek Taylor, and Terri Leigh. The show is produced by Fox Sports World Canada, a Canadian international sports network owned by CanWest Global Communications (parent of Global Television Network). The show was formerly called the Fox Sports World Report, which also featured occasional news and highlights of Formula One, Rugby, and other sports prior to the format change. It airs nightly at 10 p.m. Eastern (or after a live prime-time match- though highlights of that game are not included because the show is taped), with a few re-airs overnight and during the morning.

Additional information

Fox Soccer Channel offers its own game programming for United States soccer leagues through arrangements with outside production companies. Its primary broadcasting team for Major League Soccer, Women's Professional Soccer, the U.S. national soccer teams (men's and women's), and CONCACAF Champions League, consists of play-by-play announcer Max Bretos or Mark Rogondino, and color commentator Christopher Sullivan, with Brian Dunseth, Christian Miles, or Steve Bell as sideline reporters, and Todd Grisham hosting the studio shows. Grisham also works for World Wrestling Entertainment. Dunseth usually serves as the second color commentator if FSC has several men's matches in a given week, while Jenn Hildreth fills this role for women's matches.

Most of FSC's coverage which originates outside the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America, Caribbean) consists of picking up international broadcast feeds to which FSC has the U.S. broadcast rights. For example, the Argentine League matches and highlights are voiced by FSC announcers from the channel's studio (having originally been produced in Spanish by Fox Sports International and Torneos y Competencias). The A-League broadcasts are produced by Fox Sports' Australian-unit. The English coverage generally comes to FSC direct from TWI and Input Media, who produce the Premier League and FA Cup/England national team world feed broadcasts, respectively.

The network's soccer coverage is not limited to game play; FSC airs reruns of Dream Team, a British soap opera that aired in the UK on FSC's corporate cousin Sky One until 2007 and focused on a fictional Premiership team. The channel also televises a live soccer talk-show, Fox Football Fone-in, featuring viewer calls and predictions for that weekend's Premier League matches. During the Premier League term, FSC also produces and airs a couple of studio-based shows surrounding its game coverage.[3]

In 2006, Fox Soccer Channel announced that they had dropped coverage of other sports other than soccer. Amongst the leagues dropped were Super 14 rugby union, the Australian Football League (the principal Australian rules football league), and the Australian National Rugby League. The Super 14 games now reside on Setanta Sports USA, while ESPN offers the AFL. In return, Setanta has given FSC the rights to some national team matches that would not otherwise air live.

Fox Sports World originally filled out its schedule with an eclectic mix of programming; among the sports featured (either in anthology form or actual events) were motorsports (prior to News Corporation's acquisition of SPEED), cricket, pool, darts, and extreme sports. It also aired the Final Four of the Euroleague in basketball; that league is now more extensively covered by NBA TV.

However, FSC has not yet filled out its day with sports programming; the morning hours are usually filled with infomercials as well as the random half-hour in between games on some days.

Since its relaunch as FSC, the channel has had various well-known people in and out of the soccer world do promos. The first of these aired on the Fox network pregame show for Super Bowl XXXIX. It featured Freddy Adu, Clint Mathis and Mia Hamm giving the channel's slogan: "Your world, your life, your game." Since then, other celebrities have popped up doing FSC promos including David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Jon Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Simon LeBon and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Ziggy Marley and even Paris Hilton. Two additional spots featured Eddie Pope and Chris Albright of the U.S. national team, but they were no longer aired after the conclusion of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor: Africa in 2001, hosted FC Fox, a show mostly focused on youth soccer which debuted in 2006 and aired for less than a year. The show has now been retitled and is generally done with voice-over narration.

Fox Soccer Plus

Fox Soccer Plus
Foxsoccerpluslogo.jpg
Launched March 1, 2010
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group (News Corporation)
Sister channel(s) Fox Soccer Channel
Website FoxSoccerPlus.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 621
Dish Network 406
Cable
Verizon FiOS 1009
Time Warner Cable Check local listings

On January 11, 2010, after Fox Soccer re-acquired rights formerly held by Setanta Sports USA, it announced it would offer a new premium service designed to broadcast the more higher-profile games in the European leagues called Fox Soccer Plus. The channel launched on March 1, 2010. It will eventually be available in high definition. [4]

Coverage rights

The channel airs matches from Italy's Serie A, UEFA Champions League, England's Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup, [4] the Carling Cup and England's Coca-Cola Championship. Moreover, Fox Soccer Plus has acquired the rights to a handful of English national team matches, for both the senior and junior squads. For rugby, it has picked up rights to England's Guinness Premiership, the European Heineken Cup and Magners League. [5]

Carriage

On February 26, 2010 it was announced that DirecTV, Dish Network, and Verizon FiOS would carry the channel at launch. [6] Time Warner Cable will begin adding the channel on market by market basis starting in late March. [7]

Cox Cable officials said they are currently in talks with the service, while a Comcast spokesman said it has had conversations with Fox Soccer Plus. AT&T U-verse has not reached a carriage deal. [7]

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