Sky Sports will launch its biggest ever season of live football by offering free live action from the first day of the Premier League season for every home in Britain.
From August, Sky Sports viewers can enjoy 116 live fixtures during the season, featuring every club at least five times across Saturday evenings, Sunday double-headers, Monday nights and bank holidays.
The broadcaster has also unveiled a new structure to its weekend football programming as it goes head-to-head with new rival BT Sport.
To mark the first weekend of Sky’s new weekend football line-up, Sky Sports 1’s programming will be simulcast on the free-to-air channels Sky 2 and PickTV from 10.00am to 8.00pm on Saturday, August 17.
The takeover means millions of homes can sample Sky Sport’s new-look football programming – including a live Premier League match, a Football League fixture, plus a host of other football shows – all available on free-to-air platforms.
The free day offers the first opportunity for football fans to see Sky’s refreshed weekend line-up, which will include a brand new show for Sky’s 5.30pm Saturday evening Premier League fixture – Saturday Night Football.
Presented by David Jones and Jamie Redknapp, SNF will provide a showcase for Premier League football on Saturday evenings and, in a new innovation, the show will feature a live studio audience of football fans who will discuss the key talking points with Sky’s expert analysts.
Saturday Night Football will also extend beyond the live 5.30pm match to include ‘Game of the Day’ and extended highlights of all the 3.00pm kick-offs (replacing Football First). These shows will continue to be hosted by Sarah-Jane Mee.
Live weekend coverage of Football League games also gets a makeover with FL72 Live, which will showcase the best action from all three divisions in a new 12.15pm kick-off slot.
Soccer Saturday returns for the new season with Jeff Stelling and guests, running from 12.00pm to 6.00pm on Sky Sports News. The show will also be simulcast on Sky Sports 1 between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.
Sunday’s line-up stays the same as previous seasons, beginning with Sunday Supplement and Goals on Sunday, followed by live Super Sunday in the afternoon and La Liga matches in the evening.
Sky Sports has confirmed that new signing Jamie Carragher will partner Gary Neville and presenter Ed Chamberlin on a new-look Monday Night Football, a show which will bring Sky’s comprehensive weekend football line-up to a close.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “It’s our biggest ever season of Premier League football and we’re inviting every home in Britain to enjoy the opening day.
“All fans can join the action as we launch our new Saturday schedule for the most eagerly awaited Premier League season in years.
“With more matches than ever before, including 116 live Premier League fixtures, there’s never been a better time to be a Sky Sports viewer.
“If you don’t have Sky Sports, this is a great opportunity to sample what our football coverage has to offer throughout the year.”
Sky Sports expert, Jamie Redknapp, added: “There’s so much to look forward to with the new football season including more live Premier League matches on Sky than ever before.
“This is a brilliant way for everyone to follow the action from first day of the Premier League season with Sky Sports.”
Sky Sports executive producer for football, Gary Hughes, said: “For over 20 years we’ve offered our viewers the best live football coverage with brilliant analysis and incredible innovations.
“Our new programmes and schedule will raise the bar again, providing viewers with an unrivalled weekend of football alongside week night action from the UEFA Champions League, Capital One Cup, Football League and international fixtures.”
He added: “Saturday Night Football will be a fantastic addition to our schedule.
“Our viewers will hear David and Jamie’s thoughts with a new half hour preview show ahead of the 3pm kick offs.
“Then following Soccer Saturday, viewers can enjoy all the pre and post-match analysis for the 5.30pm live match with input from our studio audience.”
Hughes added: “Monday Night Football is compulsory viewing for many and it’s getting even better from next season.
“Alongside Gary Neville, we are adding Jamie Carragher who joins us straight from the Liverpool dressing room.
“Our viewers can hear his insight and tactical analysis and putting him alongside Gary will make for brilliant television.”
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
A brand new show for Sky’s 5.30pm Saturday evening Premier League fixture.
David Jones and Jamie Redknapp will present analysis of the match from a stunning new studio and debate all the talking points with an audience of football fans.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
For more than a decade, they competed on opposing sides of English football’s greatest rivalry and now for the first time, they appear on screen together.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joins former United captain Gary Neville in the new look MNF studio on Monday nights. Ed Chamberlin will present this must-see show.
The live football weekend kicks off with FL72 Live, Sky’s new showcase for the best matches from the Football League.
Presented by Simon Thomas, fixtures from the Championship and Leagues 1 and 2 will kick off in a regular slot at 12.15pm.
10.00am – Soccer AM
Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden return for another season of football fun.
12.00pm – FL72 LIVE
New Saturday kick off time for live matches from the Football League.
2.30pm – Saturday Night Football: Team Talk
David Jones and Jamie Redknapp preview the 3pm kick offs.
3.00pm – Soccer Saturday
Jeff Stelling and the boys return with all the news, views and analysis (also 12.00-6.00pm on Sky Sports News).
5.00pm – Saturday Night Football LIVE
David and Jamie debate the early matches and present the live late match.
8.00pm – Saturday Night Football: Game of the Day
From the same studio, Sarah-Jane Mee presents full replay of the best 3pm match.
10.00pm – Saturday Night Football: Match Choice
45-minute highlights from all Saturday 3pm fixtures available via the red button.
9.30am – Sunday Supplement
Fleet Street’s finest debate all the biggest talking points each week.
11.00am – Goals on Sunday
Saturday’s matches reviewed by Ben Shephard, Chris Kamara and guests.
1.00pm – Super Sunday LIVE
Up to two live matches with analysis from Graeme Souness, Niall Quinn and more.
6.30pm – La Liga
Live coverage from Spain including regular Barcelona and Real Madrid matches.
7.00pm-11.00pm – Monday Night Football
Detailed analysis of the weekend’s matches and talking points in a new look studio.
Schedules will change according to fixtures