Real Madrid vs. Girona, Leverkusen vs. Bayern, Jordan vs. Qatar, West Ham vs. Arsenal, Nigeria vs. Ivory Coast, and many other games make our list of must-watch matches.

Top games to watch this week

Friday, February 9

Cádiz vs. Real Betis (La Liga)

Borussia Dortmund vs. Freiburg (Bundesliga)

Marseille vs. Metz (Ligue 1)

Mazatlán vs. Atlas (Liga MX)

Saturday, February 10

Man City vs. Everton (English Premier League)

Liverpool vs. Burnley (English Premier League)

Tottenham vs. Brighton (English Premier League) 

Real Madrid vs. Girona (La Liga)

Roma vs. Inter (Serie A)

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern München (Bundesliga)

PSG vs. Lille (Ligue 1)

Jordan vs. Qatar (Asian Cup 2023 Final)

South Africa vs. Congo DR (AFCON 2023 third-place match)

Cruz Azul vs. San Luis (Liga MX)

León vs. América (Liga MX)

Monterrey vs. Pachuca (Liga MX)

Santos vs. Tigres UANL (Liga MX)

Brazil vs. Argentina (CONMEBOL Olympic Games Qualifying)

Paraguay vs. Venezuela (CONMEBOL Olympic Games Qualifying)

Sunday, February 11

West Ham vs. Arsenal (English Premier League)

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United (English Premier League)

Sevilla vs. Atlético Madrid (La Liga)

Barcelona vs. Granada (La Liga)

Milan vs. Napoli (Serie A)

Sporting CP vs. Sporting Braga (Primeira Liga)

Vitoria Guimaraes vs. Benfica (Primeira Liga)

Montpellier vs. Lyon (Ligue 1)

Nice vs. Monaco (Ligue 1)

Nigeria vs. Cote d'Ivoire (AFCON 2023 Final)

Monday, February 12

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea (English Premier League)

Almería vs. Athletic (La Liga)

Juventus vs. Udinese (Serie A)

Arouca vs. Porto (Liga MX)

Tuesday, February 13

Kobenhavn vs. Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League)

Guadalajara vs. Forge (CONCACAF Champions League)

Wednesday, February 14

PSG vs. Real Sociedad (UEFA Champions League)

Lazio vs. Bayern (UEFA Champions League)

Tigres UANL vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (UEFA Champions League)

América vs. Real Estelí (UEFA Champions League)

Bologna vs. Fiorentina (Serie A)

Al Feiha vs. Al Nassr (AFC Champions League)

Atlas vs. Pumas UNAM (Liga MX)

Thursday, February 15

Feyenoord vs. Roma (UEFA Europa League)

Shakhtar vs. Marseille (UEFA Europa League)

Milan vs. Rennes (UEFA Europa League)

Lens vs. Freiburg (UEFA Europa League)

Benfica vs. Toulouse (UEFA Europa League)

Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Real Betis vs. Dinamo Zagreb (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Ajax vs. Bodo/Glimt (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Inter Miami vs. Newell's Old Boys (Friendly)

Most-watched soccer games in the USA: January 29-February 4, 2024

The final few days of January and the first weekend of February 2024 treated fans to some exciting matches, particularly in the Premier League, with six English top-flight matches making the list of most-watched soccer games in the USA between January 29 and February 4, 2024.

Wolves feature twice on this list, once for their dramatic defeat at home to Manchester United and the other for their 4-2 win at Chelsea. That Stamford Bridge triumph, alongside Tottenham's 2-2 draw away to Everton, garnered the most average viewers for a single Premier League tie (387,000 each). However, no English top-flight fixture made it into last week's top three most-watched games.

That honor went to Liga MX, with the Mexican top-flight taking up all three spots on the podium, starting with Club America's one-all draw with Monterrey. As usual, Univision's coverage earned the most eyeballs, with just over one million average viewers tuning in to watch the Eagles drop points.

The reigning Apertura champions were not the only ones to drop points at home, with Tigres UANL drawing 2-2 against Pumas UNAM, which happens to be second on this list. 782,000 average viewers turned on Univision to catch this tie as the Tigres threw away a two-nil lead to settle for a point.

Completing Univision's clean sweep is Toluca's 4-1 thrashing of Leon. Four different players got their names on the scoresheet in this showdown, which garnered an impressive 439,000 average viewers for TelevisaUnivision's Spanish-language television network. Check out the list of most-watched soccer games in the USA between January 29 and February 3 below.

TV Schedules, Club America, Monterrey, Tigres UANL, Pumas UNAM, Toluca, Leon, Univision, Liga MX

For a full breakdown of last week's most-watched soccer games in the USA, click here.

What are this week's must-watch games? 

Real Madrid vs. Girona live this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, and the ESPN App

Two top-of-the-table showdowns will occur in Europe's top five leagues this weekend, with one being Real Madrid's exciting showdown with Girona. Los Blancos currently sit first in the Spanish Primera Division and boast a two-point lead over their unexpected rivals. Defeat for the Catalan club would see them fall further behind, making this a must-win tie for the visitors. Do not miss this game!

Real Betis, Giroina, La Liga, Broadcast Listings

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern München live this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN App

From one top-of-the-table match to another, Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen host reigning champions Bayern Munich in a box-office showdown. Xabi Alonso's side are unbeaten in the league this season and yet are only two points ahead of the Bavarians. The last time these two sides met, they played out a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena but a stalemate is not a desirable result for the visitors.

Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, Broadcast Listings

The Asian Cup 2023 and AFCON 2023 wrap up this weekend with Jordan vs. Qatar and Nigeria vs. Ivory Coast finals

The Asian Cup 2023 and AFCON 2023 tournaments come to a wrap this weekend, starting with the Asian Cup, with Jordan taking on hosts Qatar in the final on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The Jordanians have never played in the final before and will be aiming to lift the title for the first time in history. Standing in their way are the reigning champions, who beat continental giants Iran 3-2 in the semifinals. Tune in to Paramount+ and CBS Sports Golazo to catch the game.

Jordan, Qatar, ASian Cup 2023, Asian Cup Final, Broadcast Listings

The AFCON 2023 final takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET as Nigeria prepare to do battle with hosts Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles booked their ticket courtesy of a nail-biting victory over South Africa on penalties in the semifinals. The Elephants, on the other hand, beat DR Congo 1-0 to qualify for the ultimate game in what has been an astonishing turnaround for the hosts, having finished third in the group. Tune in to beIN Sports to watch the curtain closer to what has been an unforgettable tournament.

Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2023 Final, Broadcast Listings 

West Ham vs Arsenal live this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on USA Network, the NBC Sports App, Telemundo, and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

Arsenal are back in action this weekend, visiting West Ham in what should be an interesting showdown. The Gunners enter this clash on the back of their brilliant 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend but will face the only side to have beaten them at home in the top flight this season. However, West Ham have not won a single game since that 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium and will need to be at their best to overcome the North London giants.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United live this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET on USA Network, the NBC Sports App, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

And finally, we have Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa, the standout Premier League fixture of the weekend. The Red Devils recently thrashed West Ham 3-0 and will look to continue this form in their pursuit of a top-four finish. Aston Villa, on the flip side, were dumped out of the FA Cup by Pochettino's struggling Chelsea. However, Emery's men are fourth in the league following their 5-0 victory over Sheffield United and will want to avenge their 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the previous fixture.

Manchester United, Aston Villa, English Premier League, Broadcast Listings 

European soccer returns to Paramount+ as Man City, Real Madrid, and PSG kick off the UEFA Champions League round of 16

European soccer returns this midweek, with the knockout stage kicking off in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League. Defending champions Manchester City get things underway with their trip to Copenhagen while the competition's most successful team in history Real Madrid visit RB Leipzig. PSG take on Real Sociedad in the most interesting game of this midweek while Bayern Munich face Lazio in Wednesday's other fixture.

The UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round playoffs kick off on Thursday, with Roma facing Feyenoord and AC Milan battling Rennes in the UEL. Fans in the USA can stream all midweek European fixtures live on Paramount+.

This week in women's soccer, February 9, February 15, D1 Feminine, FA Women's Cup, Frauen-Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga F

Plenty of great games are coming up this week, including an exciting double header in Spain with several of the league's top sides.

Here is all you need to know ahead of another week of women's soccer. 

What to watch in women's soccer: February 9 to February 11

D1 Féminine

It doesn't look like anyone will be able to stop Lyon in the title race this season, as Les Fenottes continue to pull away from the chasing pack thanks to a perfect campaign so far. That being said, other teams, such as PSG, will still be doing their utmost best to close that ten-point gap. Les Parisiens and Lyon will lock horns in arguably the biggest match of this round on Sunday, and USA-based fans will be able to live-stream that match starting at 3 p.m. EST (12 p.m. PST) on DAZN USA.

FA Women's Cup

Over in England, all eyes will be on the FA Women's Cup as the fifth round gets underway this weekend. The action commences on Saturday, February 10th with two matches: Leicester City vs Birmingham City followed by Tottenham vs Charlton Athletic.

Sunday's games include an intriguing clash between WSL title aspirants Arsenal and Manchester City, while Chelsea, who are the reigning champions in this competition, will hope to take one step closer to retaining their crown when they face second-tier side Crystal Palace.


Meanwhile, in Germany, the title race has taken yet another twist. Wolfsburg have slid down into second following their 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, while Bayern Munich have regained top spot after cruising to a 4-0 win over Freiburg. Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt are still hoping to have a say in the race and could force their way into contention if they can pick up all three points against Wolfsburg on Sunday. Bayern Munich, who are now one point clear, could expand their lead (for 24 hours) should they beat Cologne in their away match taking place on Saturday.

What to watch in women's soccer: February 12 to February 15

Serie A (Women)

In addition to the usual batch of games taking place over the weekend, this upcoming week will feature another round of games from Italy's top flight. The action starts on Tuesday, February 13th, as league leaders Roma will look to continue on their steady march towards retaining their Scudetto title when they host a Sassuolo side hoping to secure a spot in the top half of the table.

On Wednesday, a triple-header is on the cards, starting with Como, who are also looking to improve their fortunes, welcoming Fiorentina, who are keen on pipping Juventus to second spot, which would give the Viola a chance to participate in the Champions League next season. After this game, both Sampdoria and AC Milan will have their respective reasons for trying to pick a much-needed win, before it's on to an intriguing clash starring Inter Milan and Juventus.

The midweek round concludes with newly promoted Napoli hoping they can secure what would be their first win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Pomigliano.

Liga F

Fans of Liga F will be in for a real treat on Valentine's Day with two great games coming up. First up will be league leaders Barcelona looking to keep the rest of the chasing pack at bay when they take on Levante, followed by another installment of the Madrid derby starring Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Viewers in the USA can live-stream both games via DAZN USA, with Barcelona-Levante kicking off at 12 p.m. EST (9 am PST) while Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid will get underway at 2 pm EST (11 am PST).

Top news in women's soccer

Lauren James wins WSL Player of the Month prize

Given her impressive form as of late, it is hardly surprising that Lauren James has been deservedly recognized for her efforts by winning the WSL Player of the Month prize. The Chelsea ace has scored five goals in her last two games, including a hat-trick recently against Manchester United. The win is the England star's second of the season after clinching the same prize back in November, and her recent uptick in goal-scoring has moved her second in the race for the Golden Boot, one goal behind Manchester City's Khadija "Bunny" Shaw.

UWCL knockout rounds set

The draw for the knockout rounds of the 2023/24 UWCL got underway earlier this week, and fortunately for fans hoping to see the tournament's biggest sides facing off at a later stage, they certainly got their wish. Barcelona, Lyon, and Chelsea are arguably the teams with the best chance of winning it, with the Blaugrana keen on successfully defending their title. The Spanish giants will face surprise package Brann in the quarterfinals next month, with the Norwegian side hoping to show that they are not just there to make up the numbers. Meanwhile, Lyon, who are the most successful side in this competition, will be wary of a Benfica squad who were quite impressive during their group stage campaign as they finished in second spot behind Barcelona.

Elsewhere, Chelsea, who are in the running for multiple titles this season, will take on Ajax, while Paris Saint-Germain will face another surprise Scandinavian package in Swedish side Häcken. 

Didn't find your favorite women's league on this list? No worries, as this is just a highlight of some of the exciting games coming up this week. Make sure to check out our special women's soccer page here at for full broadcast info, match updates, news, and more. 

Biggest stories

Man City heavily criticized after agreeing €30M deal for Girona attacking sensation Savio

Manchester City have all but agreed a deal for one of the hottest young attackers in world soccer. That player is Savio, the 19-year-old winger on loan at Girona who has been a crucial figure in the club's unexpected title charge.

This is according to transfer market guru Fabrizio Romano, reporting that a deal is all but done and that formalities will be completed by the end of February ahead of a summer move to the Etihad Stadium.

However, this move has garnered tremendous criticism towards Guardiola's side and the actions of the Abu Dhabi-owned club. Manchester City's owners have built a multi-club model called City Football Group which owns Manchester City, the jewel in the crown, Girona, the club Savio is currently on loan at, and Troyes, the Brazilian's parent club. As a result, many are accusing Manchester City's owners of using the lesser clubs in the City Football Group as feeders for the Cityzens. Read more

Rasmus Højlund makes Manchester United history with opening goal vs. West Ham

The Danish striker started for his team in their Premier League showdown with West Ham, and rightfully so, having scored in his three previous top-flight outings for the Red Devils. And he wasted no time in leaving his mark, breaking the deadlock in the 23rd minute via a well-worked goal to give his club the lead.

The combination of a lovely dummy and a low-drilled shot earned him his ninth goal of the season. Furthermore, he also made Premier League history along the way on what was his 21st birthday.

As mentioned earlier, Højlund scored in his previous three league appearances for the club. With this goal, he became the youngest player in Manchester United history to score in four consecutive Premier League games. Read more

Mexico City will host the opening match of 2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will come with historic events for the entire competition, and the opening match will not be an exception.

Just like in 1970 and 1986, Mexico's Estadio Azteca will host the opening game in 2026, beating cities such as New York and Dallas. Canada and the United States will also have opening matches, but things will kick off in Mexico for the third time.

Speaking of Canada and the United States, both countries have also allocated their first match to a couple of their most important cities. Canada will see Toronto hosting the first World Cup game in Toronto, while Los Angeles will do the honors for the United States. Read more

2026 World Cup final set to be held in New York on July 19

The most relevant announcement left to be known for the 2026 FIFA World Cup has been revealed, and it was quite a shock for most experts and insiders.

Initial reports suggested that Dallas would welcome the title match for the World Cup set to be played in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, but in the end, FIFA president Gianni Infantino chose to appoint New York/New Jersey as the venue where a new world champion will be crowned.

The city will welcome World Cup games for the second time, having played a substantial role in the 1994 edition, where Giants Stadium hosted seven games. The venue this time will be MetLife Stadium (which will be named differently by FIFA due to sponsorship reasons), a place that opened its gates in 2010.

MetLife Stadium has hosted Concacaf Gold Cup matches and was used as the venue for the title match in the 2016 Copa América Centenario. Additionally, it hosted Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Read more

Ancelotti hits back at Xavi and Laporta over 'tampered' league claims

There has been a lot of talk from Barcelona's coach and president about how Real Madrid have managed to alter the results in La Liga for their own good. However, in the press conference ahead of Sunday's Madrid Derby, Carlo Ancelotti issued a brief but strong reply to the influential Blaugrana duo.

Trying to avoid a harsh response, Ancelotti issued a classy reply to Hernández's claims on Friday about how Real Madrid have thrived this season with a little help from Spanish referees.

"I am a professional manager, and as such, I don't want to go all the way down to that level. Out of respect for Spanish football, I am not going to do it. Please don't ask me about that again, because going down that road is not something a professional manager would do," Ancelotti said. Read more

Report: Kylian Mbappé FINALLY agrees to join Real Madrid

The transfer saga of all transfer sagas is about to come to an end, as reports in France suggest Kylian Mbappé has agreed to join Real Madrid next summer.

Real Madrid have been huge fans of the French ace ever since his breakthrough with Monaco in 2017, but the striker decided to join PSG when he seemed to have everything in place to take over for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2018. Now, after a six-year wait, Mbappé is reportedly joining the La Liga side, as per a report by Le Parisien.

The article shares that Mbappé and his inner circle will now enter the final stages of negotiations with Los Blancos, who are set to offer him the biggest contract for a footballer in club history. Read more

France to play Italy and Belgium in Nations League

World Cup runners-up France, European champions Italy and Belgium will face off in the 2024-25 UEFA Nations League, while holders Spain will be favorites to win a group comprising Denmark, Switzerland, and Serbia.

"By the way it's set up in League A, the best teams are there, so there will inevitably be these big matches," said Deschamps, who coached France to victory in the second edition of the competition in 2021.

Croatia, who lost last year's final to Spain on penalties, are in Group A3 with former winners Portugal, Poland, and Scotland. Euro 2024 hosts Germany meet the Netherlands in Group A3 along with Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

England will play the Republic of Ireland, Finland, and Greece after Gareth Southgate's team were relegated to League B. They avoided being grouped with Kazakhstan because of UEFA rules pertaining to excessive travel conditions. Read more

Other key headlines from the world of soccer

Man Utd's Martinez sidelined for at least eight weeks

Manchester United's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League were dealt a blow with the news defender Lisandro Martinez is facing at least eight weeks out with knee ligament damage. The Argentine World Cup winner had only recently returned from a foot injury that has kept him out for most of the season.

The 26-year-old was forced off during Sunday's 3-0 win over West Ham as his right knee buckled under the weight of Vladimir Coufal as the pair battled for possession. Continue reading

Under-fire Pochettino reveals 'good text' from Chelsea owners

Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday he had received a "very good text" from Chelsea's owners as the pressure mounts on the Argentine manager following back-to-back Premier League defeats.

The Stamford Bridge club dropped to 11th in the table after Sunday's chastening 4-2 home defeat by Wolves, which followed a heavy 4-1 loss at Liverpool. Continue reading