ESPNs Fall Sports Line-Up to Feature Record Number of Events

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  • NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball Headline Slate
  • Industry Leading Schedule with More Than 3,000 Match-ups on ESPN Networks and ESPN+

As summer draws to a close and another school year begins, ESPN will continue its dedication to fall sports with exclusive national coverage of NCAA Division I women’s and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. More than 150 games will be televised across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Additionally, approximately 3,000 matches will be available via ESPN+, ESPN3, SEC Network + and ACC Network Extra, all accessible on the ESPN App. In total, 15 conferences will be represented this season.

More Games than Ever Available to Stream
With the launch of ESPN+, the premium direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, more games and more conferences than ever are being showcased this season. Across ESPN+ and ESPN3 alone, more than 500 women’s soccer games, 400 men’s soccer games and 700 women’s volleyball matches will be available for fans to stream on the ESPN App. Through a schedule featuring more than 1500 games, 12 conferences will get un-matched, unprecedented national exposure, including—the American East, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern and Sunbelt.

Conference Dedication
SEC Network and ESPNU continue to provide extensive coverage of Southeastern Conference soccer and volleyball programs with nearly 80 match-ups and an additional 350+ contests available via SEC Network +. Additional details and full schedule available here.

Longhorn Network will televise 10 Texas women’s volleyball games featuring four top-25 ranked programs including an early season match-up with No. 3 Texas facing No. 1 Stanford on Friday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET. The full Texas volleyball schedule is available here. In addition, LHN will televise 11 Texas women’s soccer games kicking off on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. for a meeting with Long Beach State. Full details available here.

ACC Network Extra will carry more than 450 soccer and volleyball match-ups this season with more 130 women’s soccer, 100 men’s soccer and 200 volleyball games available on the ESPN App.

NCAA Division I Soccer
The 2018 slate of women and men’s soccer boasts more than 50 televised games across ESPNU, SEC Network and LHN.

The women’s line-up kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. on SEC Network when No. 5 South Carolina hosts in-state rival Clemson. Highlights include:

  • Top-Ranked: 12 of the nation’s preseason top-25 set to appear—No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 South Carolina, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 13 Princeton, No. 15 Baylor, No. 17 Texas, No. 18 Pepperdine, No. 23 Ohio State and No. 25 Tennessee
  • A top five matchup between 2017 National Championship runner-up No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Penn State on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. on ESPNU
  • A top ten match-up and SEC showdown when the No. 7 Florida Gators travel to No. 5 South Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. on SEC Network.

The men’s schedule will feature four regular season games, kicking off with No. 3 UNC at No.10 Duke. Four other ranked teams will appear including No. 2 Indiana, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 21 Michigan, and No. 23 Dartmouth.

ESPN will continue its dedication to soccer in the post season, carrying the full SEC women’s tournament and the ACC men’s and women’s championships.

More details regarding post-season coverage will be released at a later date.

Full television schedule for NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Available here.

Full television schedule for NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Available here.

NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball
ESPN’s women’s volleyball schedule boasts more than 120 regular season games across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and LHN. The action begins Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. on SEC Network when No. 22 Michigan State travels to Tennessee. Highlights include:

  • More than half of the nation’s top-25 teams will make appearances—No. 1 Stanford, reigning National Champion No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Texas, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 BYU, No. 10 USC, No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 San Diego, No. 16 Baylor, No. 18 Oregon, No. 21 Iowa State, No. 22 Michigan State.
  • Two Top-5 Matchups: No. 3 Texas hosts No. 5 Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. on LHN. The Longhorns play host to a top-five opponent again when the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal come to town on Friday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. on LHN.
  • It’s a Golden State showdown when two top-ten teams in No. 1 Stanford and No. 10 USC meet on Friday, Sept. 28, at 11 p.m. on ESPNU.
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