How to Watch Soccer Online

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If you’re a sports fan who’s considering becoming a cord cutter, you might be wondering how you can continue to watch soccer live – safely, cheaply, and more importantly, legally. After all, what’s the point in ditching your cable box (and all the headaches that come with it) if you can’t watch some of your favorite TV content?


Fortunately, you won’t be left in the lurch if you decide to take that leap. There are several ways you can watch your favorite live soccer events, and none of them will break the bank! Nor will they require any long-term cable contracts or other inconveniences.

Without further ado, let’s go over some of the major ways you can watch soccer online.

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Quick Reference

If you don’t have much time on your hands, here’s a quick rundown of some of the major leagues and tournaments you can watch, where you can watch them, and how much they cost.

Sling TV ($20-$25/month)

  • Africa Cup Of Nations
  • Champions League (Spanish)
  • Copa MX
  • La Liga
  • Ligue 1
  • MLS
  • LigaMX
  • Copa America (2015-2016)
  • Coppa Italia
  • Euro 2016
  • Coupe de France
  • League Cup (Capital One)
  • Primeira Liga Russian Premier
  • Serie A
  • Supercopa
  • USMNT

Sling International ($10/month)

  • Africa Cup of Nations
  • AFC Champions League
  • AFC Cup
  • A-League
  • Asian Cup
  • Copa America (2015)
  • Copa del Rey
  • Coppa Italia
  • Coupe de France
  • J-League
  • La Liga
  • Ligue 1
  • League Cup (Capital One)
  • New York Cosmos
  • Russian Premier
  • Serie A

FuboTV ($35/month)

  • MLS
  • Liga MX
  • Bayern Munich League
  • Benfica home matches
  • Borussia Dortmund League
  • Africa Cup of Nations
  • Brazilian League
  • Bundesliga (2014-2015)
  • Copa del Rey
  • Copa America (2015)
  • Capital One Cup
  • Coppa Italia
  • France Ligue 1
  • La Liga
  • League Cup (Capital One)
  • Portuguese Cup
  • Scottish Cup
  • Serie A
  • Russian Premier
  • Uruguayan League

Fox Soccer2Go ($20/month)

  • A-League
  • FA Cup
  • Bundesliga (2015-2016)
  • UEFA Champions League
  • ONCACAF Champions League
  • Europa League
  • UEFCA Super Cup
  • England home matches
  • Euro 2016 (Qualifiers)
  • Gold Cup (2015)
  • Scottish Professional Football League (Matches and championships)
  • International Champions Cup

Major Services

First, let’s go over some of the major live TV streaming services that offer soccer channels. After that, we’ll get into a more detailed league-based breakdown where we’ll go over some of the places you can watch specific soccer leagues online.

Sling TV

Sling TV has become one of the most popular internet-based TV streaming services out there, and for good reason – it has something for everyone. With the relatively recent addition of their “A La Carte TV” option, that statement becomes even more accurate, as it allows you to select from various cheaper, base packages (Such as Sports, Entertainment, Comedy, etc.) and then add cheap extras to further customize your channel line-up.

That’s why Sling TV’s $20/month A La Carte TV “Sports” option fits in this line-up perfectly. Get access to channels like Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NBC Sports, ESPN 1 & 2 and more.

Of course, if Sling TV’s basic sports line-up isn’t quite to your liking, you can also try out their “World Sports” option for $10/month, which includes channels like BeIN Sports, a global sports network with international soccer content available to view. Sling TV’s “World Sports” lineup is also available annually for $80.

fuboTV

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include one of the most popular cord-cutting sports options out there – fuboTV! While the service has recently begun to offer general entertainment channels, they still focus primarily on the world of sports. Naturally, that includes soccer!

With fuboTV, you’ll get access to channels like Fox Sports (1, 2, Southwest, etc.), NBCSN, BeIN Sports, and Fox Soccer Plus. You’ll also be able to watch teams from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and more.

All things considered, fuboTV offers more sports entertainment in general than Sling TV (And a few more soccer-specific, or soccer centric channels as well), but at a higher cost. fuboTV’s cheapest plan starts at $34.99/month, though you’d be paying pretty close to that anyway if you bought Sling TV’s additional “World Sports” channel line-up.

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Soccer Leagues

With the major streaming services out of the way, let’s get into some of the most popular individual soccer leagues – as well as how and where you can watch them.

English Premier League

This is one of the easiest leagues to watch for cord-cutters, as the EPL’s broadcasting rights are owned exclusively by NBC – and NBC sports channels are available on Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and fuboTV! Not bad – get access to one of the most popular soccer leagues in the world, and get the option of having plenty of other general entertainment channels to boot.

Sling TV’s Blue Package is the best way to watch this league cheaply (As fuboTV and PlayStation Vue both cost more to access the sports lineup that includes NBCSN), at only $25/month.

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UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is a bit more limited in terms of where you can watch it, but there are two major methods for doing so. The first is Sling TV (Once again), which gives you access to all the major ESPN channels (ESPN 1, 2 & 3) and Fox Sports 1 & 2 – all of which include the Champions League in their broadcasts.

Alternatively, if you’re not really interested in Sling TV’s “general sports” line-up and would prefer to stick to soccer, you can check out Fox’s own soccer streaming service, called Fox Soccer 2Go.

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Bundesliga

To watch Bundesliga content live as a cord-cutter, all you have to do is sign up for FOX Soccer 2GO, or Sling TV’s $20/month “A La Carte TV” package. This is largely thanks to Fox’s partnership with Bundesliga that gives Fox the rights to stream the league in English.

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UEFA Europa League

Unlike the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League cannot be viewed on ESPN – Fox once again has exclusive rights to all EUFA Europa League content. As a result, the only way to watch it is to view Fox’s related Sports channels, such as Fox Sports 1 and 2.

Sling TV is yet again the primary option for watching these channels, as it’s the cheapest of the major live TV sports streaming services out there. For $25/month, you get access to the life Fox Sports channels.

PlayStation Vue is another option for those of you that prefer it, but it will run your price up a bit more, coming in at $35/month for their popular TV + sports TV package (The only package that offers Fox Sports channels, as they can’t be purchased separately).

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Global Tournaments & Cups

International tournaments are awesome – there’s no disputing that. But it can be difficult to find the best places to watch them without a cable TV subscription.

Fortunately, it’s just as easy to watch major soccer tournaments as it is to watch individual leagues, and they are provided by many of the same services.

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is easily one of the most popular soccer events in the world, with millions of viewers tuning in every 4 years.

With the sheer popularity of the World Cup, and how long you have to wait between events, it’s all the more important to have a solid streaming service to watch it on. Fortunately, Sling TV’s Orange (basic) package offers Fox Sports channels, which air the FIFA World Cup. At $20/month, it’s one of the better options out there.

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International Champions Cup

The International Champions Cup is yet another popular soccer tournament, but this one airs every year. 2017’s event begins on July 18th, and ends on July 30th.

To make sure you don’t miss out on the Cup, consider grabbing a Sling TV Orange package, which includes ESPN and ESPN2 and ESPN3, each of which will be airing the event.

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Olympic Soccer

Though not as popular (in terms of viewership) as the FIFA World Cup, the Olympics are still one of the most wide-spread and well-known international sporting events in the world.

Accessing Olympic Soccer is actually cheaper than accessing the World Cup or the Champions Cup, as the event airs on Universal Sports – a channel that you can get easy access to for only $10 from Sling TV (thanks to their Sling International package).

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Conclusion

And that’s about it! While there are other soccer leagues out there, and undoubtedly a few less-than-reputable online soccer viewing options on the internet, the options listed above are the cheapest and the most convenient. Oh, and they’re actually legal.


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