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[Archive] Sky opens up Soccer Saturday to all viewers in new season freebie

UPDATED | Sky Sports is to offer its prime Saturday afternoon results show Soccer Saturday across multiple free-to-view outlets on the first weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

In addition to its usual pay TV outlets on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports News HQ, viewers will also be able to watch Soccer Saturday on 13th August through additional channels, including Freeview channel Pick, on Sky 1, or online via and through the Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube pages, meaning that practically everyone will have the means to watch the show.

The one-off freebie simulcast will commence at 3pm.

Presented by Jeff Stelling, and with a panel of experts and reporters including Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, and Chris Kamara, Soccer Saturday is the popular long-running show guiding viewers through all of Saturday’s matches from across the leagues.

Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling said:
"Last season showed us anything can happen in the Premier League and the opening day is always full of surprises, so we’re delighted to open up our coverage of Soccer Saturday to even more people across our channels and online. 
There’s a terrific set of matches scheduled on the opening day of the season including champions Leicester City away to new boys Hull and Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge of Everton at home to Tottenham. Soccer Saturday will be the perfect way to follow every twist and turn.”

From this season, Sky Sports customers can also use the expanded mobile clips service delivered by the Sky Sports Football Score Centre app to watch all the goals from Saturday’s matches on their mobile devices from 5.15pm.  Sky Sports viewers can also watch extended match highlights of all Saturday’s matches on demand from midnight. In Ireland, viewers can watch additional selected live Premier League games via Sky Sports 5 at 3pm on Saturdays.

This season Sky Sports will show more than 700 matches from eight different leagues across its channels and digital outlets. For the first time, viewers will be able to enjoy regular live coverage of Premier League matches on Friday nights in addition to those shown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Monday Night Football.

BT has the rights to the remaining Premier League TV coverage. Sky's freebie coincides with the new BT Sport Score service on BT Sport, presented by Mark Pougatch, and could be seen as just the latest spoiler in the ongoing battle for viewers and subscribers.


  1. For One Saturday only by Sky For Soccer Saturday not good enough especially when they took off Sky Sports News in 2010 and we could watch this excellent results service every week I am sure BT Sport could do better

  2. It was good to find Sky Sports News is an application channel on the Now TV Boxes with the Entertainment Pass since it went for Sky Customers only.

  3. Soccer Saturday is the most childish and inanane sports programme ever, appealing to viewers at about the level of Sun readers.

    Soccer Saturday is utter rubbish, so who would want to watch it anyway?


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