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ESPN Announces 2010 FIFA World Cup Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, January 28, 2010 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:37 PM, under , , , , , ,

ESPN has announced the schedule for the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa. For soccer fans in the United States, this is their Nirvana as ESPN will air all 64 matches across the ESPN Family of Networks, with the finals not on cable, but on ABC.

Here is the ESPN broadcast Schedule, the groups, and the ESPN Press release.


2010 FIFA World Cup Groupings
(Team Rankings – December 2009)






Group A 
Group B 
Group C 
Group D
1
South Africa (85)
Argentina (8)
England (9)
Germany (6)
2
Mexico  (17)
Nigeria (22)
USA (14)
Australia (21)
3
Uruguay (20)
Korea Republic (52)
Algeria (26)
Serbia (19)
4
France (7)
Greece (13)
Slovenia (31)
Ghana (34)








Group E 
Group F 
Group G 
Group H
1
Netherlands (3)
Italy (4)
Brazil (2)
Spain (1)
2
Denmark (28)
Paraguay (29)
Korea DPR (86)
Switzerland (18)
3
Japan (43)
New Zealand (82)
Cote d’Ivoire (16)
Honduras (37)
4
Cameroon (11)
Slovakia (33)
Portugal (5)
Chile (15)






2010 FIFA World Cup Group Play TV Schedule
ESPN, ESPN2, ABC AND ESPN360






All times EASTERN, Schedule is subject to change
All matches in high definition
All Games broadcast On ESPN/ESPN2 also on ESPN360.com






Friday, June 11, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
South Africa vs. Mexico
A
Johannesburg

2 p.m.
ESPN
Uruguay vs. France
A
Cape Town






Saturday, June 12, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Korea Republic vs. Greece
B
Port Elizabeth

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Argentina vs. Nigeria
B
Johannesburg

2 p.m.
ABC
England vs. USA
C
Rustenburg






Sunday, June 13, 2010 

7 a.m.
ESPN
Algeria vs. Slovenia
C
Polokwane

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Serbia vs. Ghana
D
Pretoria

2 p.m.
ABC
Germany vs. Australia
D
Durban






Monday, June 14, 2010 

7 a.m.
ESPN
Netherlands vs. Denmark
E
Johannesburg

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Japan vs. Cameroon
E
Bloemfontein

2 p.m.
ESPN
Italy vs. Paraguay
F
Cape Town






Tuesday, June 15, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
New Zealand vs. Slovakia
F
Rustenburg

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Ivory Coast vs. Portugal
G
Port Elizabeth

2 p.m.
ESPN
Brazil vs. Korea DPR
G
Johannesburg






Wednesday, June 16, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Honduras vs. Chile
H
Nelspruit

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Spain vs. Switzerland
H
Durban

2 p.m.
ESPN
South Africa vs. Uruguay
A
Pretoria






Thursday, June 17, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Argentina vs. Korea Rep.
B
Johannesburg

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Greece vs. Nigeria
B
Bloemfontein

2 p.m.
ESPN2
France vs. Mexico
A
Polokwane






Friday, June 18, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Germany vs. Serbia
D
Port Elizabeth

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Slovenia vs. USA
C
Johannesburg

2 p.m.
ESPN2
England vs. Algeria
C
Cape Town






Saturday, June 19, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Netherlands vs. Japan
E
Durban

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Ghana vs. Australia
D
Rustenburg

2 p.m.
ABC
Cameroon vs. Denmark
E
Pretoria






Sunday, June 20, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Slovakia vs. Paraguay
F
Bloemfontein

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Italy vs. New Zealand
F
Nelspruit

2 p.m.
ABC
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast
G
Johannesburg






Monday, June 21, 2010

7 a.m.
ESPN
Portugal vs. Korea DPR
G
Cape Town

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Chile vs. Switzerland
H
Port Elizabeth

2 p.m.
ESPN
Spain vs. Honduras
H
Johannesburg






Tuesday, June 22, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Mexico vs. Uruguay
A
Rustenburg

9:30 a.m.
ESPN2
France vs. South Africa
A
Bloemfontein

2 p.m.
ESPN2
Nigeria vs. Korea Republic
B
Durban

2 p.m.
ESPN
Greece vs. Argentina
B
Polokwane






Wednesday, June 23, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN2
Slovenia vs. England
C
Port Elizabeth

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
USA vs. Algeria
C
Pretoria

2 p.m.
ESPN
Ghana vs. Germany
D
Johannesburg

2 p.m.
ESPN2
Australia vs. Serbia
D
Nelspruit






Thursday, June 24, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Slovakia vs. Italy
E
Johannesburg

9:30 a.m.
ESPN2
Paraguay vs. New Zealand
E
Polokwane

2 p.m.
ESPN
Denmark vs. Japan
F
Rustenburg

2 p.m.
ESPN2
Cameroon vs. Netherlands
F
Cape Town






Friday, June 25, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Portugal vs. Brazil
G
Durban

9:30 a.m.
ESPN2
Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR
G
Nelspruit

2 p.m.
ESPN
Chile vs. Spain
H
Pretoria

2 p.m.
ESPN2
Switzerland vs. Honduras
H
Bloemfontein








2010 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 TV Schedule
ESPN, ABC AND ESPN360






All times EASTERN, Schedule is subject to change
All matches in high definition
All Games broadcast On ESPN also on ESPN360.com






Saturday, June 26, 2010 

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
1st A vs. 2nd B

Port Elizabeth

2 p.m.
ABC
1st C vs. 2nd D

Rustenburg






Sunday, June 27, 2010 

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
1st D vs. 2nd C

Bloemfontein

2 p.m.
ABC
1st B vs. 2nd A

Johannesburg






Monday, June 28, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
1st E vs. 2nd F

Durban

2 p.m.
ESPN
1st G vs. 2nd H

Johannesburg






Tuesday, June 29, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
1st F vs. 2nd E

Pretoria

2 p.m.
ESPN
1st H vs. 2nd G

Cape Town








2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals TV Schedule
ESPN, ABC AND ESPN360






All times EASTERN, Schedule is subject to change
All matches in high definition
All Games broadcast On ESPN also on ESPN360.com






Friday, July 2, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ESPN
Winners 53 vs. 54
A
Port Elizabeth

2 p.m.
ESPN
Winners 49 vs. 50
B
Johannesburg






Saturday, July 3, 2010

9:30 a.m.
ABC
Winners 52 vs. 51
C
Cape Town

2 p.m.
ABC
Winners 55 vs. 56
D
Johannesburg








2010 FIFA World Cup Semifinals TV Schedule
ESPN and ESPN360






All times EASTERN, Schedule is subject to change
All matches in high definition
All Games broadcast On ESPN also on ESPN360.com






Tuesday, July 6, 2010 

2 p.m.
ESPN
Winners A vs. C

Cape Town






Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2 p.m.
ESPN
Winners B vs. D

Durban








2010 FIFA World Cup Finals TV Schedule
ABC






All times EASTERN, Schedule is subject to change
All matches in high definition






Saturday, July 10, 2010 (Third Place Match)

2 p.m.
ABC
Semifinals Losers

Port Elizabeth






Saturday, July 10, 2010 (2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match)

1:30 p.m.
ABC
Semifinals Winners

Johannesburg








ESPN, Inc. 2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule

All 64 Matches Live and in HD; Mobile and Digital Coverage; Nightly Reairs

ESPN will present comprehensive coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup June 11, through July 11, from 10 stadiums in nine cities across South Africa. All 64 matches will be aired live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, and extensive coverage on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. In addition, 2010 FIFA World Cup studio programs, including prematch, halftime and postmatch segments, will be presented in high definition.

ESPN will air 44 FIFA World Cup matches from South Africa – the most ever for the network in one tournament. ESPN2 will feature 10 matches. ABC will broadcast 10, beginning with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s tournament opener vs. England on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. ET in Rustenburg. The tournament will conclude on ABC with the title match Sunday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. ET from the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

Coverage will begin Friday, June 11, on ESPN, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV, with the tournament’s opening match at 9:30 a.m. from the Soccer City in Johannesburg, host country South Africa versus Mexico.

PREMATCH, HALFTIME AND POSTMATCH SEGMENTS

For the first time in ESPN’s 28-year history of covering the FIFA World Cup, all match telecasts will include prematch, halftime and postmatch studio segments originating live from the host nation. The prematch segment will include the teams walking onto the pitch, the national anthems and ceremonial handshakes – all symbolic FIFA World Cup traditions.

ESPN360.COM

ESPN’s signature broadband network will provide live online simulcasts of the 54 ESPN and ESPN2 matches. The service will also feature ESPN and ESPN2’s live prematch, halftime and postmatch segments.

Additionally, all 64 matches will be archived and accessible to fans on ESPN360.com through the end of the calendar year. All matches will be available for replay on ESPN360.com shortly after the completion.

ESPN360.com is one of the premier broadband destinations for live soccer events featuring Spain’s La Liga, German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, The Football League and the Carling Cup (UK), Italian soccer (Serie A, Coppa Italia), Russian Premier League, Chinese Premiere League and more

ESPN MOBILE TV

ESPN Mobile TV -- ESPN's 24/7 mobile sports television network available through an agreement with Sprint and on the FLO TV and MobiTV platforms via AT&T and Verizon -- will feature live coverage of 46 matches from ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts except the eight on concurrent match windows, June 22-25.

MATCH REAIRS ON ESPN CLASSIC AND ESPN2

ESPN Classic will reair all 64 FIFA World Cup matches. Each matchday, between at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m., the network will present all the matches played earlier that day.

ESPN and ESPN2 will air the best match of the day on select nights throughout the tournament.

THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

The U.S. Men’s National Team, currently ranked No. 14 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, will kickoff its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against England (ranked No. 9) live on ABC HD Saturday, June 12 at 2 p.m., from the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg. Other U.S. first round matches:

Fri 6/18 ESPN/ESPN360.com at 9:30 a.m.

Slovenia vs. USA

Wed 6/23 ESPN/ESPN360.com at 9:30 a.m.

USA vs. Algeria

ESPN Inc.’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coverage in the United States

South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s eighth FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition. ESPN360.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network available in 41 million homes, will feature live English-language simulcasts of matches on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN Mobile TV will show 46 matches. ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language all sports network, will air up to 40 matches in Portuguese live in the U.S.

Additionally, ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase. Studio coverage of the quadrennial global event will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and prematch, halftime and postmatch shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg.

ESPN Coverage of Past FIFA World Cup Events:

Germany 2006 – All 64 matches live and in high definition

Korea/Japan 2002 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (6 tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)

France 1998 – All 64 matches live on ESPN (27), ESPN2 (23) and ABC Sports (14)

USA 1994 – All 52 matches – ESPN (41) and ABC (11)

Mexico 1986 – 15 matches on ESPN (U.S. cable television rights)

Spain 1982 – 7 matches on ESPN

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