This morning, it was announced that The Football Association, the Premier League, and all of England’s soccer leagues had come to an agreement that the season will not resume until at least Thursday, April 30.
April 30 is an optimistic estimation, as we’re likely looking at sometime in June as a realistic restart date, thus leaving us with roughly 75 days until live soccer returns. And if you’re even a casual soccer fan, two months without the game remains daunting, as those sorts of summer-length breaks between league seasons are usually counterbalanced with a national tournament such as the Euros or the World Cup.
Luckily, in the age of streaming, there is still tons of excellent soccer content out there, especially on ESPN+.
Not only does ESPN+ have a massive backlog of soccer documentaries such as The Two Escobars and The 99’ers, but once you do sign up, you’ll have access to thousands of matches from Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, English Football League, and more.
Below, I singled out some of the best content I could find to occupy your time while you’re stuck at home:
- The Two Escobars: Two Escobars uplifted the Colombian soccer team from obscurity. Andres Escobar as team captain. Pablo Escobar as the drug lord in the shadows. They shared a name and a violent fate.
- 30 for 30: Soccer Stories: 8 documentary films telling compelling narratives from around the international soccer landscape. Highlights include Hillsborough and Maradona 86
- The 99’ers: Feature-film on the 99’ Women’s World Cup team. Reuniting key players from the squad and talking with current U.S. players as well, the film examines how women’s soccer – and women’s sports as a whole – has changed since that epic day at the Rose Bowl
- Last Train to Russia: 12 episode series exploring Russia through visits to the 2019 World Cup host cities
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Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com