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.
Where to Watch Soccer?
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.
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?
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.
Streaming Services for Watching Soccer
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.
|Bundles||fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.|
|Customization||Channel Bundles - fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks - Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)|
|Device support||Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser|
|DVR||30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
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 four bundles – fubo ($44.99/mo, $39.99 for the first month), fubo Extra ($49.99/mo, $44.99 for the first month), fubo Latino ($17.99/mo), and fubo Portugues ($19.99/mo). 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 – fubo & fubo Extra
- Fox Sports – RSNs – fubo & fubo Extra
- FS1 – fubo & fubo Extra
- FS2 – fubo & fubo Extra
- NBC Sports – fubo & fubo Extra
- Telemundo – local networks – fubo & fubo Extra
- TNT – fubo & fubo Extra
- Univision – fubo & fubo Extra
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 500 hours of cloud DVR space by paying $9.99 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 TechNadu’s fuboTV review to get all the details.
2. Sling TV
|Bundles||Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)|
|Customization|| Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
|Device support||Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser|
|DVR||Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
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 – Orange ($25/mo), Blue ($25/mo), and Orange + Blue ($40/mo). Once you’ve made your choice, you can add premium networks and channel packs grouped by interest, depending on the things you like asides of sports.
There are quite a few channels on Sling TV that will grant you access to soccer matches:
- beIN Sports – Sports Extra ($5 per month with Orange, $10 per month with Blue & Orange + Blue)
- ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 – Orange, Orange + Blue
- ESPN Deportes – Espanol Pack ($5 per month)
- Fox Sports – RSNs – Blue, Orange + Blue
- FS1 – Blue, Orange + Blue
- FS2 – 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.
|Bundles||A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $44.99 per month|
|Customization|| Premium channels - HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs - Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
|Device support||iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers|
|DVR||50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR - 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another great option is to get Hulu. 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. Priced at $39.99 per month, 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
|Bundles||A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)|
|Customization||Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)|
|Device support||Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android|
|DVR||Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Following next, we have YouTube TV, a platform that comes from the tech giants who thinks 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 $40 per month 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. DirecTV Now
|Bundles||Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)|
|Customization||Channel packs - AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)|
|Device support||Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers|
|DVR||Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
|Visit||AT&T TV Now|
Another fabulous option is DirecTV Now, a service that offers quite a few customization options. You start off by choosing the bundle you like most – Live a Little ($40/mo), Just Right ($55/mo), Go Big ($65/mo), Gotta Have It ($75/mo), and Todo y Mas ($45/mo). Then, you can add premium channels, international bundles, or channel packs.
There are quite a few channels available on DirecTV Now, including plenty to help you watch the leagues you’re interested in.
- ESPN, ESPN 2 – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It
- ESPN Deportes – Todo y Mas
- Fox Sports RSNs – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, Todo y Mas
- FS1 – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, Todo y Mas
- FS2 – Go Big, Gotta Have It
- NBC Sports – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, Todo y Mas
- Telemundo – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, Todo y Mas
- Telemundo Deportes – Todo y Mas
- TNT – Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, Todo y Mas
- Universo – Todo y Mas
- Univision – Todo y Mas
DirecTV Now only offers users who want to record content to the cloud some 20 hours of DVR space. Unfortunately, there’s no way to upgrade this feature. The service also allows users to stream content to up to two devices at once, with a third becoming available for $5 per month. Check out TechNadu’s DirecTV Now review.
6. PlayStation Vue
|Bundles||Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)|
|Customization||Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)|
|Device support||Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser|
|DVR||Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit|
|Free trial||Yes, 5 days|
PlayStation Vue is another great option for those seeking a great platform that manages to offer impressive features. First off, there are four bundles to pick from – Access ($44.99/mo), Core ($49.99/mo), Elite ($59.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo). There are also a couple of extra channel packs to add if you want or premium networks.
hen, you can add a few extra channel packs, as well as premium networks.
The platform offers loads of channels that are perfect for viewing soccer matches.
- ESPN, ESPN 2 – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- ESPN Deportes – Espanol Pack ($4.99 per month / $3.99 per month for PlayStation Plus subscribers)
- Fox Sports RSNs – Sports Pack ($10 per month)
- FS1 – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- FS2 – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- NBC Sports – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- Telemundo – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- TNT – Access, Core, Elite, Ultra
- Universo – Espanol Pack
Users of this platform can record up to 500 programs to the cloud, which is quite an impressive number. Truth be told, you are likely never going to hit that number since the recordings expire after a month, so they don’t pile up. PlayStation Vue also supports five simultaneous streams for all subscribers. Furthermore, the Split Screen function will help users watch three programs at once, on the same screen. If you want to know more, read our PlayStation Vue review.
How to Watch Soccer Without Cable 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.
VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. These are tools that use the power of encryption to hide your IP address before routing your Internet connection through their own servers before assigning you a new IP address to match the location of the server/ This gives you an extra layer of privacy and security but also helps you unlock any geoblocks you may encounter. That’s because geoblocks are strictly tied to people’s IP addresses and the location those reveal. By changing your IP address, you overcome this issue. If you don’t have a VPN yet, you can go ahead and pick 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 when the platform you picked won’t let you access it is to make sure your VPN is installed and in working order, meaning that you’re signed into your account. Always make sure to use premium tools because the “free VPNs” you can find online can pose a risk to your privacy and security, so they’re best to avoid.
- 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.
- Find the channel you need to watch the game on 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.
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