Proper title: How to watch (and enjoy) the English Premier League in the US Hello. Not enough people watch european soccer on this forum and others, this is clear due to the lack of megathreads. I want to encourage the development of future soccer discussers and so I'm going to do my part to get people started. I am a totally born-again soccer fan, so my knowledge is skin-deep in a lot of areas and I'm passing on the great information I got a the beginning of this season from a lot of people who are likely here at this board. What's good about soccer: * 1-2 games per week at most: It's not a huge time commitment. * Actual tactics which can potentially overcome skill. * No commercials or game-stops except at half-time. * Constant drama, fed by deceitful tabloids. This is a good thing for getting committed. * Coming from an ice hockey background I thought of soccer as too slow but it's really not true, except when it is. How quickly a game goes is really dictated by the style of play a particular team has. The team Chelsea for example has a well deserved reputation for boring play, but most of the top teams play quite "attacking football" which makes for great entertainment. * No overtime: games can actually draw, so only in very rare playoff situations does a game go over 90 odd minutes. What's bad about soccer: * Time zone, as North Americans you have to be ready to get up early in the morning to watch games live. But lets face it we're all getting older and soon enough those 7pm hockey games are going to be pushing your bedtime limits. * Constant drama, if you don't like that kind of thing. So, step one, pick a team. If you're primarily an english speaker, the English Premier League is the most sensible choice since all the commentary and coverage will be in english. Here is the table as it stands now, halfway through the season. Keep in mind that the bottom 3 teams at the end of the season will be "relegated" and drop to the lower leagues, and coverage of them will drop to miniscule levels. The top 3 teams of the lower league will be promoted for the next season. Therefore, it's a good idea to pick a team which won't be likely to drop. By far the most sensible choice of team will be one of the current top 6: Man City, Man United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool. These teams are all well funded, have maximum coverage, and significant international fan bases. Manchester United: Ridiculously successful, everyone hates them for it other than their gigantic fan base Chelsea: Old money, everyone hates them for "buying the title" for a few years Manchester City: New money, people don't seem to hate them too much yet though, other than Man United fans Arsenal: Very popular for having good performance on relatively less money Tottenham: Always been "pretty good but never great" until this year, when they're going gangbusters Liverpool: Another team that's generally always been in the top 6, but never won the title Step two, understand the competitions. Champion's League: This competition is Europe wide, all the best clubs from their individual leagues play for king of the hill. The biggest money comes from this competition, if you're given a choice of a competition to win, this should be it. There is a sub-league, the Europa league where less successful teams compete in a similar fashion. It's an interesting year for the Europa league this year because Manchester City and Manchester United are both in it. Premier League: This is the main competition for the top English teams, 3 points for every win, 1 point for every draw, 0 points for a loss. The goal each team in the premier league is 1. Win the league (top Points, best Goal Difference in the case of a tie) 2. Get in the top 4 teams, so that you can qualify for the Champion's League next season. 3. Don't get relegated, pour l'amour de dieu The FA (football association) cup: This is considered a top trophy for some reason, I don't know much about the qualification yet but it's an English competition with considerable prestige still. League cup (currently called the Carling cup): An English competition where some of the lower teams in the leagues are qualified to compete. The top teams generally use this competition to play their younger up and coming players. Step three, watch the games. If you want to watch the games live, you're going to be getting up very early in the morning. If you're in a big city you can probably find a pub near you where they play the games. Otherwise you'll be wanting to watch either using broadcast TV or via internet. If you're using broadcast TV, you will likely want to subscribe to the Fox Soccer Channel (and potentially Fox Soccer Plus). You may only be able to find these on satellite in your area. Personally I watch all my games on the internet, here is the schedule I use to find games: http://www.epltalk.com/premier-league-tv-schedule If you're willing to get up early you can find free high quality streams of games from sites like freefootball.eu. If you want to watch on demand, looking at the above list in order to watch all games on-demand, you'll definitely want to subscribe to foxsoccer.tv ($20 per month). Unfortunately this still leaves you in the cold for games on ESPN (usually 1 of the big games per week). If you happen to subscribe to an internet provider which has a deal with ESPN (Comcast does), you can watch them online at ESPN3 (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/source/espn3/). If you don't, you'll need to be an early riser for that game. Step four, get obsessed. footballfilter.com -- Most of the sites they list are fairly useless due to a lack of updates, but the top four "broadsheets" and likely the four tabloids will be of interest. Terrific blog on the financials of the clubs, picking one on Tottenham for example swissramble.blogspot.com/2011/12/tottenham-grounds-for-optimism-or.html Find team specific blogs. If you follow Chelsea I can recommend this one: chelseafcblog.com Podcasts: Football Weekly: This is a great podcast, though you may find your head spinning in the 2nd half where they go over European teams you'll have never heard of. ESPN Soccernet Podcast: This is a less great podcast, but they spend more time on the actual Premier League than Football Weekly does.