CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Virginia men’s soccer matches will air on national television as announced by ESPN on Friday (June 14). Two home contests can be viewed on the new ACC Network, set to debut later this summer with an additional game scheduled for an ESPNU broadcast.
The Cavaliers will open up Atlantic Coast Conference play on September 13 at Duke and the match will air live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Virginia will have homes games against Western Michigan (Sept. 23) and James Madison (Oct. 15) that will be live on ACC Network. Both home matches are slated for 7 p.m. starts.
ACC Network (ACCN), the new, 24/7 national platform launching on August 22, 2019, will kick off its men’s soccer coverage on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. ET, when Wake Forest hosts Creighton at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. ACCN will showcase the ACC’s men’s soccer programs with unprecedented national television coverage this fall.
Virginia will announce the entire men’s soccer schedule as well as additional coverage on the ACC Network Extra (ACCNE) online digital platform at a later date.
ACCN Men’s Soccer Coverage
ACCN will exclusively televise 28 men’s soccer games in its debut year – representing a 92 percent increase in the number of ACC men’s soccer events available on a linear network over last year. Coupled with the 62 women’s fall sports events set for ACCN announced on Wednesday, ACC fall sports will enjoy the most national coverage ever for the 2019 season.
Similar to other ACC fall sports, men’s soccer will have a dedicated night of live programming each week. ACC men’s games are slated for Fridays with additional matches on Tuesdays throughout the fall. ACCN will also televise the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.
Keeper Cam Technology
Technology and innovation will be at the forefront of ACCN’s coverage of men’s soccer as telecasts will feature ESPN’s exclusive “Keeper Cam” goal post camera system currently used on ESPN’s Major League Soccer productions. The technology utilizes cameras mounted inside the goal posts at both the four-inch and two-and one-half inch heights to provide unique views of the area in front of the goal, as well as straight down the goal line. The ACC will be the first and only collegiate conference to deploy the camera system.
Strength of ACC Men’s Soccer
ACC men’s soccer has enjoyed unprecedented levels of success with the league winning eight NCAA titles since the turn of the century. The ACC has consistently placed the most teams in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, with the league sending an NCAA-record nine teams to the tournament each of the last three seasons.
About ACC Network
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports set to launch August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNE), will feature 1,350 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across all sports and championships.
*Carriage agreements are already in place with the following video providers: Altice, DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, TVision and Verizon Fios, among others. All ACCN games will also be available on the ESPN App to authenticated cable subscribers. Fans interested in learning more about ACCN can visit www.GetACCN.com.
Virginia Men’s Soccer Events on ACCN/ESPNU
Friday, Sept. 13 – at Duke – 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Monday, Sept. 23 – vs. Western Michigan – 7 p.m. (ACCN)
Tuesdaym, Oct. 15 – vs. James Madison – 7 p.m. (ACCN)