TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League and ESPN have reached an agreement that will bring every game of USL League One’s inaugural 2019 season to ESPN+, a direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.
USL League One is the new United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned Division III league. Its regular season kicks off the weekend of March 29-30 and will conclude with its postseason in October.
“This is a big moment for League One,” League One senior vice president Steven Short said. “Placing the league side-by-side with some of the best professional soccer in North America and the rest of the world on ESPN+ will create major visibility to League One’s inaugural season. It will allow us to showcase the best of what this league will have to offer for fans across the United States.”
The addition of League One’s regular season and postseason schedules to the platform, will mean more than 700 games across the USL Championship and League One on ESPN+ this season. The games will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production, broadcast and distribution facilities with VISTA WorldLink in south Florida.
Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ already has surpassed two million subscribers and established itself as a must-have for soccer fans in the U.S. It offers hundreds of top-level soccer matches from around the world, including Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League, Italy’s Serie A, England’s FA Cup and English Football League Championship and League 1, the Dutch Eredivisie and Australia’s A-League.
The USL will enter its fourth full season of media rights agreement with ESPN in 2019, with games from the USL Championship having aired regularly on ESPN’s platforms since 2016.