Soccer is, by far, the most popular sport in the world, with billions of fans across all countries. While it's fairly easy to watch soccer on cable, things get a bit more complicated when it comes to watching online without cable. Thankfully, over-the-top services offer live TV online, so you can get to enjoy the games wherever you may be. Come with us and find out how you can watch soccer online.
While soccer is, indeed, the most popular sport at a global level, in the United States that place is occupied by football. Well, to be fair, the rest of the world also calls soccer football because it involves kicking the ball with the foot a lot, but we're not getting into semantics now. The point is that people are finding it slightly more difficult to watch soccer in the United States due to licensing deals for various events not being of top importance. Plus, this is also made difficult by the sheer number of events related to soccer - FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, UEFA National League, Champions League, Super Cup, Copa America, CONCACAF, and so on.
What Channels to Watch Soccer?
We went over the broadcasting rights for these events and found the channels that will enable you to watch the games: beIN Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, NBC Sports, Telemundo, TNT, Universo, and Univision.
Of course, not all of them will broadcast a specific event, but we're piling them all together, including info on how to stream them.
How to Watch Soccer Online from Anywhere?
One of the beautiful aspects of streaming platforms such as the ones we presented above is the fact that you can enjoy them anywhere you go. Well, not "everywhere" because licensing deals make it impossible for them to allow users to watch content outside the United States.
That's pretty normal for such platforms, but it's still unpleasant if you have to travel for work or go on vacations and you can't access the service you're paying for. Thankfully, VPNs are easy to use and will solve your problem in a jiffy.
If you don't have a VPN yet, we recommend ExpressVPN without any worries - we've tested numerous such tools over the years and this one works great.
The first thing you need to do is subscribe to ExpressVPN then make sure your VPN is installed and signed in to your account. Then, you have to pick a US-based server and connect to it, whether that's by double-tapping the server name or pressing the "connect" button. Once the connection is established, you can go ahead and load the streaming service you picked in your browser or launch the app on your device and enjoy!
Watching soccer online can sometimes be difficult because watching any live streams for extensive periods of time requires a steady Internet connection, but these streaming platforms make things a lot easier.
How to Watch Soccer Games Without Cable?
Nowadays, since we already consume a lot of media over the Internet, wanting to also watch live TV online seems quite easy to understand. Thankfully, there are plenty of platforms that allow this to happen. Another option is to hope that the network's live feed works and you'll need to sign in with the help of your cable provider-given credentials.
Cutting the cord, however, and picking a streaming service seems like the way to go, especially since it may very well be more cost-efficient.
The streaming services we keep mentioning are platforms that enable you to quit your regular cable contracts and to enjoy freedom. As long as you have an Internet connection and a compatible device, you can watch whatever content you want wherever you may be. If that's in your living room, that's great, but if you happen to be on the road, on vacation, or hiding in the break room at the office, you're good to go. Now, let's see what soccer-broadcasting channels you can find on these platforms.
First up on our list, we have fuboTV, a sports-centric platform that features dozens of channels covering all sorts of sports, from the most common to the crazier ones. You can start off with one of three bundles - Starter, Elite, and Latino Quarterly. Then, you can add channel packs and premium networks, depending on what type of content you want to watch.
There are loads of channels that broadcast soccer on fuboTV:
- beIN Sports - Starter & Elite
- Fox Sports - RSNs - Starter & Elite
- FS1 - Starter & Elite
- FS2 - Starter & Elite
- NBC Sports - Starter & Elite
- Telemundo - local networks - Starter & Elite
- TNT - Starter & Elite
- Univision - fubo Latino Quarterly
In case you want to make sure that you won't miss any of the games, you can have fuboTV record it for you. Given how many of these soccer matches take place in Europe, especially the more important leagues, the time of the broadcasts may not be convenient for you. So, if you have the need for this feature, fuboTV offers enough room for 30 hours of recordings. You can expand to 1000 hours of cloud DVR space by paying $16.99 per month. At the same time, fuboTV supports two simultaneous streams for each account, but if you need another one, you can pay a few extra bucks for it. Read our fuboTV review to get all the details.
2. Sling TV
Another option you can check out is Sling TV, a service that enables users to customize their plans quite a bit. You can start off with one of three bundles - Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. Once you've made your choice, you can add premium networks and channel packs grouped by interest, depending on the things you like asides from sports.
There are quite a few channels on Sling TV that will grant you access to soccer matches:
- beIN Sports, FS2 - Sports Extra
- ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 - Orange, Orange + Blue
- ESPN Deportes - Espanol Pack
- Fox Sports - RSNs - Blue, Orange + Blue
- FS1 - Blue, Orange + Blue
- NBC Sports - Blue, Orange + Blue
- TNT - Orange, Blue, Orange + Blue
Subscribers of Sling TV don't get any "free" DVR space to go with their plans, but they can buy 50 hours-worth of cloud DVR for $5 per month. When it comes to simultaneous streams, the service does support this, but you'll get a different number for each bundle.
So, Orange subscribers can only stream content to one device, Blue subscribers can stream to three devices at once, while Orange + Blue subscribers get to enjoy up to four devices. Give TechNadu's Sling TV review a read to get a better understanding of what the service has to offer.
3. Hulu Live TV
Another great option is to get Hulu Live TV. Yes, we know it's mostly known for the video on demand service it has been offering for years, but the live TV plan is also pretty great. The subscribers get to enjoy dozens of channels, as well as access to the VOD library. Plus, if you want to customize your service a bit, you can add a couple of channel packs or premium networks for extra cash, of course.
Hulu is home to quite a few channels, including some that will help you watch various soccer leagues throughout the year.
- ESPN, ESPN 2 - Base Plan
- ESPN Deportes - Espanol Addon ($4.99 per month)
- Fox Sports - RSNs - Base Plan
- FS1 - Base Plan
- FS2 - Base Plan
- NBC Sports - Base Plan
- Telemundo - Base Plan
- TNT - Base Plan
- Universo - Espanol Addon ($4.99 per month)
Hulu's Live TV subscribers can use up to 50 hours of cloud DVR space. If that's not enough, there's an option to upgrade to 200 hours of cloud space for $14.99 per month. Similarly, live TV subscribers can watch content on two devices at once. The "Unlimited Screens" option, which costs $14.99 per month, allows users to watch content on an unlimited number of devices connected to the home network. Unfortunately, when you're away from home, the number of devices you can stream simultaneously lowers to three. Check out Hulu's review on TechNadu.
4. YouTube TV
Following next, we have YouTube TV, a platform that comes from the tech giants who think it knows everything about everyone, picking out a bunch of channels for the single bundle the service offers. Well, to be fair, they probably know way too much about everyone. So, the service offers little customization, and only in the form of adding premium channels.
The list of channels is pretty impressive on YouTube TV and includes loads of networks you'll find useful in watching soccer.
- ESPN, ESPN 2
- Fox Sports - RSNs
- NBC Sports
YouTube is a pretty great platform for another reason too - you don't have to pay extra for cloud DVR or multiple simultaneous streams. The service, in fact, offers unlimited cloud DVR space, and the recordings are kept for nine months, so you have loads of time to watch everything you save. Also, the platform supports three simultaneous streams, so your whole family can enjoy whatever they want to watch. Make sure to give our YouTube TV review a read before making a decision.
5. ESPN+ - Honarary Pick
ESPN+ is the home of many sporting events, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, Top Rank, NHL, PGA Tour, College Basketball, Australian Open, US Open, MLB, Masters, World Rugby, etc. ESPN+ Originals offers loads of content from top names in sports. It is available across various devices and platforms and you can watch ESPN+ simultaneously across 3 devices at once.
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