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ESPN+ lands US rights to FA Cup

US sports broadcaster ESPN has acquired rights to the English FA Cup club football knockout competition.

The rights will be exploited via ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service operated by ESPN and parent company Disney. The multi-year deal also includes the Community Shield curtain-raiser.

ESPN+ will stream 79 matches per season, including the FA Cup final. The deal begins with the first round of the competition in November.

Additional content will be provided across ESPN+ and other ESPN platforms, including highlights and preview shows, as well as live coverage of FA Cup draws. The deal also includes the semi-finals and final of the FA Youth Cup.

The agreement adds to ESPN+’s expanding portfolio of football rights, which also includes the Italian Serie A, Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Australian A-League top-tier competitions.