Official global broadcast guide for the 2019 UEFA EURO U21 Championship: fixtures time, dates, TV, and streaming schedule

June 16, 2019 sees the beginning of another interesting summer tournament: the 2019 UEFA European Under‑21 Championship. Some of the most exciting prospects in Europe will take to the field in the return of this biennial international youth football tournament. 

Germany is the defending champion and they are aiming to become the fifth nation to win back-to-back titles. However, they will face stiff competition from the likes of Italy, Spain, and England. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming European Under‑21 Championship.

When does the Euro U21 Championship broadcast guide start?

The 22nd edition of this tournament will kick off on Sunday, June 16, 2019, and will conclude on June 30.

Which teams are playing in the 2019 Euro U21 Championship?

Italy automatically qualified for this tournament as hosts but the same privilege was not extended to co-hosts San Marino. Reigning champions Germany will be there to defend their title. Here is the list of the qualified teams in full:

  1. Italy

  2. Spain

  3. France

  4. England

  5. Serbia

  6. Germany

  7. Croatia

  8. Denmark

  9. Belgium

  10. Romania

  11. Poland

  12. Austria

Who are the current champions?

Germany are the reigning champions. They lifted the title for a second time at Poland 2017, beating Spain 1-0 in the final. That triumph saw them move level with England, Russia, and the Netherlands as the third most successful nation in this competition, behind only Spain (four titles) and hosts Italy (five titles). 

Besides the aforementioned countries, Serbia, France, Czech Republic, and Sweden are the only other teams to win the Euro U21 Championship.

What are the key fixtures in the 2019 Euro U21 Championship?

Everything kicks off with a showdown between Poland and Belgium on June 16th at 12:30 EST (18:30 CEST). Here are some of the other key fixtures in the group stage you won't want to miss:

The opening game -- it all begins here

Poland U21 vs Belgium U21 Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 16 June 12:30pm ET / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CET
Stadium: MAPEI Stadium - Città del Tricolore (Reggio nell'Emilia)
Belgium: La Deux, Sporza Live, Canvas
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sport1
Netherlands: Canvas
Poland: TVP2, TVP Sport Live Streaming, TVP Sport
Portugal: RTP Play
Spain: Cuatro
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Football, SKY GO Extra, Sky Go UK, NOW TV
United States: ESPN3, WatchESPN

The tournament's two most successful nations lock horns in their opening game:

Italy U21 vs Spain U21 Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 16 June 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna)
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 2
Germany: ORF Sport Plus, Sport1
Portugal: RTP Play
Spain: Cuatro
United Kingdom: SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Football, Sky Go UK, NOW TV
United States: Univision Deportes, WatchESPN, fuboTV, ESPNU

Reigning champions Germany begin their title defense against Denmark:

Germany U21 vs Denmark U21 Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Monday 17 June 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Denmark: DR TV Live Streaming, DR1
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1
Germany: ARD Das Erste
Portugal: RTP Play
United Kingdom: SKY GO Extra, NOW TV, Sky Go UK, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football
United States: Univision Deportes, WatchESPN, ESPN3, fuboTV

Phil Foden, Reiss Nelson, and England's several gems kick off their campaign:

England U21 vs France U21 Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Tuesday 18 June 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
France: beIN Sports 1, W9, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sport1
Portugal: RTP Play
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Football, Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, NOW TV
United States: ESPNU, Univision Deportes, fuboTV, WatchESPN

The two-time champions face a one-time champion:

Germany U21 vs Serbia U21 Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Thursday 20 June 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1
Germany: ARD Das Erste, ORF Sport Plus
Portugal: RTP Play
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Football, Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, NOW TV
United States: ESPN3, Univision Deportes, fuboTV, WatchESPN

What are the key dates in the 2019 Euro U21 Championship?

As there are only 12 participating nations and three groups, there will be no round of 16 or quarter-final stages, neither will there be a third-place playoff. Below are the key dates of the 2019 Euro U21 Championship:

Opening match: Poland vs Belgium - June 16th

Group stages: June 16-24

Semi-finals: June 27

Final: July 7th

What are the 2019 Euro U21 Championship broadcasting channels?

USA

TV: ESPN holds English language broadcasting rights in the USA. Fans can tune into ESPNU to catch the games live while Spanish-speakers can head over to Univision to follow the action.

Online streaming and on-demand: Watch ESPN will broadcast select matches, as will UEFA TV and YouTube. Geo-restrictions apply.

TV / Streaming in Spanish:
Univision has acquried the Spanish language broadcasting rights of the UEFA EURO U-21 in the USA. Matches will be available across it's channels such as Univision Deportes and streaming on Univision Deportes en Vivo.


UK

TV: Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event will broadcast all matches in the United Kingdom on TV.

Online streaming and on-demand: For online streaming options throughout the tournament, tune in to Sky Go, Sky Go Extra, and Now TV UK.


Canada

Online streaming and on-demand: The games will not be aired on TV in Canada. Fortunately, fans can head over to UEFA TV and YouTube to catch all the action live.


France

TV: The competition will be aired live in France courtesy of beIN Sports. Games involving the French national team will also be shown on M6.

Online streaming and on-demand: beIN Sports Connect is the one and only option for streaming the matches.


Germany 

TV: Sport1 Germany will broadcast UEFA Euro U21 matches in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where the reigning champions are not participating. Games involving the German national team will be aired on ARD or ZDF.

Online streaming and on-demand: UEFA TV and YouTube are the streaming options for fans in Germany.


Italy

TV: RAI Italia will broadcast selected matches on its various channels.

Online streaming and on-demand: For games not on TV, fans can tune in to UEFA TV and YouTube to catch the action live.


Australia

Online streaming and on-demand: The games will not be aired on TV in Canada. Fortunately, fans can head over to UEFA TV and YouTube to catch all the action live.


International

In countries where no broadcast rights have been distributed, online streaming of the UEFA U21 Euro Championship will be available on UEFA TV and YouTube. Geo-restrictions apply.

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