Soccer

Virginia's Alexa Spaanstra (24) dribbles past Bucknell defender Maddie Dano during a game last season.

The Virginia women’s soccer team will make five appearances on the new ACC Network this fall, ESPN announced on Wednesday as it unveiled its programming schedule for ACC field hockey, volleyball and women’s soccer.

The broadcasting schedule for men’s soccer is scheduled to be released later this week.

The Cavaliers’ matches against West Virginia (Sept. 1), Georgetown (Sept. 5), Duke (Sept. 29), Florida State (Oct. 13) and Notre Dame (Oct. 20) will be televised by the new linear network, which launches on Aug. 22. The Virginia-West Virginia women’s soccer match will be the Cavaliers’ first home event to be broadcast on the network.

Three UVa field hockey games are part of the ACC Network broadcast schedule. The Cavaliers’ matchups with Syracuse (Sept. 20), Duke (Oct. 18) and Liberty (Oct. 28) will air live.

The Virginia volleyball team’s home match with Pittsburgh on Sept. 25 also will be televised. UVa will announce additional coverage for its fall Olympic sports on the ACC Network Extra online digital platform at a later date.

The ACC Network will air 30 women’s soccer games, 20 volleyball games and 12 field hockey games this fall.

“ACC Network will bring unprecedented coverage of our women’s programs this fall, which is one of the goals and benefits of launching ACCN,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “Collectively, our women’s teams are arguably the best in the country and ACC Network will allow our fans across the country the opportunity to showcase these incredible programs and student-athletes.”

Volleyball and women’s soccer will each have a dedicated night of live programming each week on the new network, with volleyball airing on Wednesdays, and women’s soccer on Thursdays throughout the regular season. The network also will air additional women’s soccer matches on Sundays.

ACC field hockey games will be showcased on Fridays and Sundays throughout the fall. The ACC Network also will televise the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the ACC Field Hockey Tournament as well as the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Wednesday’s announcement comes on the heels of the ACC Network recently announcing that it will air three Virginia football games this season: The Cavaliers’ season-opening game at Pittsburgh (Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m), home opener against William & Mary (Sept. 6, 8 p.m.) and home game against Florida State (Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.).

The ACC Network already has carriage agreements in place with the following video providers: Altice, DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, TVision and Verizon Fios, among others.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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