Frequently Asked Questions
The television rights to each World Cup qualifying match are initially the property of the host country. In this case, Traffic Sports acquired the television rights for the match – in both English and Spanish . U.S. Soccer and its broadcast partners had discussions with Traffic Sports to purchase the rights, but in the end Traffic Sports opted to sell the match to beIN SPORT.
beIN SPORT is available on Direct TV, Dish Network, a specific package on Xfinity TV by Comcast (in Spanish on the Xfinity TV MultiLatino Package and in English on the Xfinity TV Sports Entertainment Package), Time Warner’s TWC TV, Verizon FiOS and Bright House Networks BHTV app.
Since each country is responsible for the sale of the broadcast rights to its home matches, U.S. Soccer has no authority to compel the host Federation to sell the rights to a World Cup Qualifier to a specific broadcaster in the United States. Ultimately, the rights holder makes the final decision on whether they will sell the rights to a broadcaster in the United States.
U.S. Soccer controls the rights only to World Cup Qualifying matches played in the United States and we have partnered with ESPN to televise all of those matches.
Official U.S. Soccer Bars across the country will be showing all of the home and away Men’s National Team 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Here is a full list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars.