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Euro 2020: How to watch the European Football Championship online

Euro 2020 trophy and logo
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The greatest football tournament in all of Europe is underway — Euro 2020. Again. In the year 2021, because the global pandemic pushed everything back. (It also means that there will be less time between the tourney and World Cup 2022 — generally the European Football Championship is held every four years, between World Cups — but that's the way it's going to work this time around.

No matter. This is the big one. Twenty-four teams from throughout Europe. One month of matches. Portugal is the defending champion.

Only one thing left to do, then. Let's play some football.

How to watch Euro 2020 in the United States

ESPN networks and ABC will be the U.S. home for the UEFA European Football Championship 2020 (yes, 2020 in 2021, because pandemic), offering all 51 matches that will take place between June 11 and July 11. This is the first time that ESPN has carried UEFA Euro Championship matches since 2008.

UEFA 2020 was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but is set to get underway with its opening match on June 11 in Rome between Turkey and Italy. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

In total, ESPN will air 40 of the UEFA Euro 2020 matches, including both semifinals and final match, while six will air on ESPN2 and five will be shown on ABC. The matches will also stream live on the ESPN and ABC apps, as well as be simulcast on ESPN3. 

ESPN+ will livestream all 51 matches via a second-screen experience with three different feeds and audio feed from ESPN’s match commentators. Simulcasts of ESPN’s coverage of the semifinals and finals will also be available on ESPN+.

Other UEFA content set to be on ESPN+ includes “ESPN FC,” a daily show offering news, analysis and highlights with Dan Thomas and Kay Murray; UEFA Euro-branded studio programming; and classic UEFA Euro matches available starting June 8.

Each match will feature pregame, halftime and postgame studio segments. "Euro Today" and "Euro Tonight" are specialty programming that will air in-between matches and after the last match of the day, respectively.

How to watch Euro 2020 in the UK

The BBC and ITV are sharing live coverage of broadcast rights for UEFA Euro Championship 2020 in the U.K. The BBC will carry its matches on BBC One and BBC iPlayer; ITV will show the games on ITV, ITV 4 and ITV Hub will both carry matches.

Euro 2020 first-round schedule

Here is a breakdown of the UEFA Euro Championship schedule for the group stage. All times are Eastern.

Friday, June 11

Italy 3, Turkey 0

Saturday, June 12

Wales 1, Switzerland 1
Finland 1, Denmark 0
Belgium 3, Russia 0

Sunday, June 13

England 1, Croatia 0
Austria 3, North Macedonia 1
Netherlands 3, Ukraine 2

Monday, June 14

Czech Republic 2, Scotland 0
Slovakia 2, Poland 1
Sweden 0, Spain 0

Tuesday, June 15

Portugal 3, Hungary 0
France 1, Germany 0

Wednesday, June 16

Russia 1, Finland 0
Wales 2, Turkey 0
Italy 3, Switzerland 0

Thursday, June 17

Ukraine 2, North Macedonia 1
Belgium 2, Denmark 1
Netherlands 2, Austria 0

Friday, June 18

Sweden 1, Slovakia 0
Croatia 1, Czech Republic 1
England 0, Scotland 0

Saturday, June 19

Hungary 1, France 1
Germany 4, Portugal 2
Spain 1, Poland 1

Sunday, June 20

Switzerland 3, Turkey 1
Italy 1, Wales 0

Monday, June 21

Netherlands 3, North Macedonia 0
Austria 1, Ukraine 0
Belgium 2, Finland 0
Denmark 4, Russia 1

Tuesday, June 22

Croatia vs. Scotland, 3 p.m., ESPN
Czech Republic vs. England, 3 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, June 23

Slovakia vs. Spain, noon, ESPN, ITV TBC/ITV Hub
Sweden vs. Poland, noon, ESPN2, ITV TBC/ITV Hub
Portugal vs. France, 3 p.m., ESPN, BBC TBC/BBC iPlayer
Germany vs. Hungary, 3 p.m., ESPN2, BBC TBC/BBC iPlayer