The entire world turns its gaze to Rio de Janeiro this week as the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off. And as befits the host nation's status as soccer's spiritual home, the beautiful game will be front and center for the entire two-plus weeks of competition and celebration.

Twelve nations will compete in the women's soccer tournament, starting Wednesday at six venues across Brazil, including the four-time gold medalists and defending champion United States, along with 2012 bronze-medal winners Canada.

Headlined by defending gold medalists Mexico and the Neymar-led host nation, the men's competition begins on Thursday and features 16 countries from across the world, with rosters limited to Under-23-aged players plus three over-age additions per team. 

NBC Universal will be covering this summer's Olympic soccer in depth via both television broadcasts and online streams. Here's a rundown of your viewing options.


  • English-language: NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, USA Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel (Soccer Specialty Channel), CBC
  • Spanish-language: Telemundo, NBC Universo



  • English-language: SiriusXM broadcasting USWNT vs. New Zealand (Aug. 3) on Sirius 145, XM 201, all subsequent USWNT matches on SiriusXM channel 106, pre- and post-game coverage on SiriusXM FC (channel 85); Westwood One radio network broadcasting both men's and women's gold-medal matches and select other Olympic soccer programming