CHICAGO – BTN will televise more soccer this season than ever before, with at least 60 matches set to air on BTN, including for the first time each round of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments. Each BTN broadcast is also available on BTN2Go.

The soccer season on BTN begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when defending Big Ten Champion Penn State women host 2011 National Champion Stanford, while the men begin on Sunday, Sept. 23, with seven-time national champion Indiana at Ohio State.

BTN’s live coverage of men’s and women’s soccer includes three doubleheaders and one tripleheader, as well as select matches scheduled on Thursday nights to provide more exposure for Big Ten soccer. BTN’s Thursday night lineup begins with Ohio State hosting Penn State on Sept. 27, the first of four straight Thursday nights of women’s soccer on BTN. Thursday night broadcasts conclude with men’s soccer on Nov. 1, when defending Big Ten Champion Northwestern wraps up the regular season at Indiana.

BTN’s soccer coverage also includes the BTN Soccer Report, a weekly web-only show hosted by Kevin Egan. Fans can also follow the entire season on Twitter @BTNSoccerReport, or by using hashtag #BTNSoccer.

Last season, Indiana and Northwestern earned trips to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. After winning both the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament, the Wildcats earned the conference’s automatic bid. The Hoosiers earned their 25th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and advanced to the round of 16.

The 2011 women’s soccer season was highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championship. Illinois earned the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Big Ten Champion Penn State and Ohio State were also part of the championship field. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions both reached the round of 16.

Below is the schedule of matches scheduled for both BTN and BTN2Go. Additional matches will be scheduled during the season for delayed broadcast as part of the network’s Student U initiative.

2012 Men’s Soccer Television Schedule (All times Eastern)

 

DATE                                  TIME                 MATCHUP                      AIRING                

Sunday, Sept. 23              1:00 pm             Indiana at Ohio State                 LIVE

Sunday, Sept. 30             3:30 pm             Northwestern at Mich. St.        LIVE

Sunday, Sept. 30             6:00 pm            Ohio State at Michigan                LIVE

Saturday, Oct. 6              7:00 pm            Penn State at Michigan          Airtime TBD

Sunday, Oct. 14               1:00 pm             Ohio State at Northwestern       LIVE

Sunday, Oct. 14               3:00 pm             Michigan State at Penn State     LIVE

Sunday, Oct. 21               1:00 pm              Wisconsin at Michigan State      LIVE

Tuesday, Oct. 23             8:00 pm              Akron at Ohio State                       LIVE

Sunday, Oct. 28               1:00 pm              Northwestern at Wisconsin        LIVE

Thursday, Nov. 1            8:00 pm              Northwestern at Indiana             LIVE

Friday, Nov. 9                  1:00 pm              Big Ten Tourn.  Semifinal #1  LIVE *

Friday, Nov. 9                  3:30 pm              Big Ten Tourn. Semifinal #2   LIVE *

Sunday, Nov. 11                        TBD             Big Ten Tournament Final        LIVE *

* Big Ten Tournament at Northwestern

 

2012 Women’s Soccer Television Schedule (All times Eastern)

 

DATE                                      TIME            MATCHUP                                AIRING  

Friday, Aug. 24                 7:30 pm            Stanford at Penn State                      LIVE

Friday, Sept. 14                 6:00 pm            Nebraska at Northwestern                   Same Day Delay – 8 pm ET

Sunday, Sept.  16               1:00 pm            Wisconsin at Penn State                  LIVE

Sunday, Sept.  16               3:00 pm            Iowa at Illinois                                    LIVE

Sunday, Sept.  23               3:00 pm            Michigan State at Minnesota         LIVE

Thursday, Sept.  27           8:00 pm           Penn State at Ohio State                   LIVE

Sunday, Sept.  30                1:00 pm           Iowa at Michigan State                     LIVE

Thursday, Oct.  4                8:00 pm           Michigan State at Illinois                 LIVE

Thursday, Oct.  11              8:00 pm            Purdue at Indiana                              LIVE

Thursday, Oct.  18              8:00 pm           Michigan at Ohio State                      LIVE

Friday, Nov.  2                   10:00 am           Big Ten Tourn.  Semifinal #1       LIVE **

Friday, Nov.  2                   12:30 pm           Big Ten Tourn.  Semifinal #2       LIVE **

Sunday, Nov.  4                 12:00 pm           Big Ten Tournament Final            LIVE **

** Big Ten Tournament at Indiana