ESPN+ will be the home for Spain’s top domestic soccer cup competition, the Copa Del Rey, as part of a new multi-year agreement with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, it was announced Friday.
ESPN+ will feature up to 65 matches per season, including matches featuring the biggest teams in Spanish soccer and the Copa del Rey Final – one of European soccer’s most prestigious sporting events.
Many of the matches will be available to fans with English and Spanish language commentary options. The streaming service will begin coverage of Copa del Rey immediately, with the first matches streaming live to millions of subscribers as the tournament’s second round begins Saturday.
“Copa del Rey is among the most storied and exciting soccer tournaments in the world, featuring electrifying players and teams,” ESPN+ executive vice president and general manager Russell Wolff said in a statement. This agreement is a further reflection of ESPN+’s position as a must-have home for world-class soccer in the U.S. and we are thrilled to offer coverage to fans in both English and Spanish.”
Organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Copa del Rey is Spanish soccer’s annual knockout competition. Founded in 1903, it is Spain’s longest-running soccer competition. Some 116 clubs will compete in this season’s Copa del Rey, including all 20 teams from Spain’s La Liga. Most La Liga teams will join the tournament in Round 2 (beginning Saturday), with the four teams competing in the Spanish Super Copa (Valencia CF, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF, Atletico Madrid) entering during the Round of 32 (beginning Jan. 22).
The Copa del Rey final will take place April 18 with the winner qualifying for both the UEFA Europa League and the Spanish Supercopa. Last season, Valencia claimed their eighth title with a dramatic victory over former champions Barcelona FC.
The Copa del Rey and Copa de la Reina join a lineup of approximately 2,000 annual soccer matches on ESPN+, including the English FA Cup, Carabao Cup and EFL, Italian Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga (beginning 2020), Dutch Eredivise, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and more.