Premier Sports secures 2016 Copa America rights

Premier Sports has secured exclusive UK rights to screen coverage of the 45th Copa America with all 32 games to be broadcast on the channel this summer.

This year’s tournament is a special one-off expanded gathering of all 10 of South America’s CONMEBOL teams along with six other invited countries from CONCACAF including hosts United States and marks the 100th anniversary of the competition.

The subscription sports channel, available on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and online will screen 26 of the 32 games live, with six matches early in the group stages to be shown as-live due to clashes with NHL Stanley Cup ice hockey.

Those six delayed games will be available to watch live for Premier Player subscribers, via its second channel on the platdorm, free to Sky Premier customers.

Matches take place between June 3-26 all across America in some of the their most iconic stadiums, many of which hosted games at 1994 FIFA World Cup, including the 92,000 capacity Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Soldier Field in Chicago, with the final at MetLife stadium in New Jersey.

This year’s competition once again features an A-list of superstars from the world of football.

Lionel Messi, now considered by most to be the world’s greatest ever, will star for Argentina, Luis Suarez is back for Uruguay at his first tournament since his World Cup ban, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez will star for defending champions Chile and Leicester City captain fantastic Wes Morgan looks to make it an even more memorable season leading Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz.

There will also be plenty of interest in the UK based players set to feature in the tournament, with 32 named in their respective countries final squads.

Brazil have selected two UK based players including Chelsea’s Willian and Liverpool’s Coutinho, while last year’s beaten finalists Argentina boast six UK based players, including Man United’s Marcos Rojo, Man City’s goal machine Sergio Aguero and Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela.

The USA and Jamaica have a strong UK connection in their squads with 12 players between them including ex Everton keeper Tim Howard and Tottenham’s right back prospect DeAndre Yedlin who made 23 loan appearances for Sunderland last season.

It is the second time Premier Sports has secured UK rights to the tournament following its coverage of the 2015 event.

Richard Sweeney, General Manager of Premier Sports, said: “It is great to once again bring this wonderful tournament to viewers in the UK.

“Last summer we covered the 44th Copa America and this year’s Centennial edition in packed American stadiums should be extra special.

“We believe there are plenty of football fans in the UK who will make this a summer of football to remember and watch both Euro 2016 and the Copa America.”

Premier Sports is available in HD via SKY channel 428, SD 462, Virgin 551, TalkTalk 526 and in HD via the Premier Player online.

A one month subscription to Premier Sports costs £11.99 via Sky, £9.99 via the Premier Player and Virgin and £10 via TalkTalk. There will be no connection fee applied and there is no minimum contract term.

For more information on subscribing visit www.premiersports.com.

Match details and kick-off times for Premier Sports’ live Copa America coverage can be found below.

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 FRIDAY 3rd JUNE
 
 United States v Colombia
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
 
 
02:30
(Sat)
 
 SATURDAY 4th JUNE
 
 Costa Rica v Paraguay
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
22:00
 
 Haiti v Peru
 Copa America: Group B
 
Delayed
 Brazil v Ecuador
 Copa America: Group B
 
 
 
Delayed
 SUNDAY 5th JUNE
 
 Jamaica v Venezuela
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
22:00
 
 Mexico v Uruguay
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
 
01:00
(Mon)
 MONDAY 6th JUNE
 
 Panama v Bolivia
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
Delayed
 
 Argentina v Chile
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
 
Delayed
 TUESDAY 7th JUNE
 
 United States v Costa Rica
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
01:00
(Wed)
 
 Mexico v Uruguay
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
 
03:30
(Wed)
 WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE
 
 Brazil v Haiti
 Copa America: Group B
 
 
00:30
(Thu)
 
 Ecuador v Peru
 Copa America: Group B
 
 
 
03:00
(Thu)
 THURSDAY 9th JUNE
 
 Uruguay v Venezuela
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
Delayed
 
 Mexico v Jamaica
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
 
Delayed
 FRIDAY 10th JUNE
 
 Chile v Bolivia
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
00:00
(Fri)
 
 Argentina v Panama
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
 
02:30
(Fri)
 SATURDAY 11th JUNE
 
 United States v Paraguay
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
00:00
(Sun)
 
 Costa Rica v Colombia
 Copa America: Group A
 
 
 
02:00
(Sun)
 SUNDAY 12th JUNE
 
 Haiti v Ecuador
 Copa America: Group B
 
 
23:30
 
 Peru v Brazil
 Copa America: Group B
 
 
 
01:30
(Mon)
 MONDAY 13th JUNE
 
 Venezuela v Mexico
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
01:00
(Tue)
 
 Jamaica v Uruguay
 Copa America: Group C
 
 
 
03:00
(Tue)
 TUESDAY 14th JUNE
 
 Panama v Chile
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
01:00
(Wed)
 
 Bolivia v Argentina
 Copa America: Group D
 
 
 
03:00
(Wed)
 THURSDAY 16th JUNE
 
 Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
 Copa America: Quarter-Final 1
 
 
 
 
02:30
(Fri)
 
 FRIDAY 17th JUNE
 
 Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
 Copa America: Quarter-Final 2
 
 
 
 
01:00
(Sat)
 
 SATURDAY 18th JUNE
 
 Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
 Copa America: Quarter-Final 1
 
 
00:00
(Sun)
 
 Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
 Copa America: Quarter-Final 4
 
 
 
03:00
(Sun)
 TUESDAY 21st JUNE
 
 Winner QF1 v Winner QF3
 Copa America: Semi-Final 1
 
 
 
 
02:00
(Wed)
 
 WEDNESDAY 22nd JUNE
 
 Winner QF2 v Winner QF4
 Copa America: Semi-Final 2
 
 
 
 
01:00
(Thu)
 
 SATURDAY 25th JUNE
 
 Loser SF1 v Loser SF12
 Copa America: 3rd Place Play-off
 
 
 
 
01:00
(Sun)
 
 SUNDAY 26th JUNE
 
 Winner SF1 v Winner SF12
 Copa America Final 2016
 
 
 
 
01:00
(Mon)