FIFA World Cup 2018 is just around the corner which will be taking place in Russia from June to July 2018. FIFA has promised the most extensive coverage of this world cup around the world. A staggering $1.85 billion will be generated only in broadcasting deals over the 2018 and 2022 world cups. That is a massive 90% increase from broadcasting deals from Asia, Middle-east and Latin America. Over 190 networks around the world will have live coverage in different parts of the world and for the first time in history FIFA World Cup will have extensive online streaming on rights holder websites and mobile apps.
TV Channels Broadcasting FIFA World Cup Live worldwide: FIFA has extensive TV coverage plans for both 2018 and 2022 world cups. 160 tv networks around the world has bought world cup rights and FIFA ensured most of these are terrestrial (free-to-air) channels like for example in the UK, ITV and BBC will share the world cup coverage.
We wrote an in-depth piece on TV Channels Broadcasting FIFA World Cup where we coverage almost all parts of the world and which channel will have live coverage on TV. However, June-July is a holiday period and many people won’t have access to live TV but fifa has promised unparalleled live streaming coverage through official sources to make sure nobody miss the action.
How To Watch FIFA World Cup Live Online For Free
If for some reason, you don’t have access to live TV you don’t need to worry. We are in the age of internet where ever TV program/show/event is available through online networks and FIFA World Cup is no different. You can access live coverage through several ways. Below are some of the ways and devices you can use to get free live action through official sources. The main ingredient you might or might not need is a VPN account. So we talk you through the whole process.
1. Official Live Streaming Feeds trough VPN:
UK Coverage: BBC and ITV has the live coverage rights in the UK and they produce the best coverage finternational football events such as World Cup etc.
In the UK, ITV and BBC will not only have extensive TV coverage but they will also showing matches live through their online platforms like “ITV Player” and “BBC iplayer”. Although access to ITV or BBC online coverage is free but you do need an UK IP address (you have to be in the UK or need an UK IP if abroad) .
So lets say you are in Spain and want english coverage all you need to do is buy and VPN (cost around $5 to $10 a moth) and get a UK IP address and you are all good to access both BBC and ITV online platforms for absolutely free.
US Coverge: FoxSports has the exclusive rights of FIFA World Cup in the US and they will also be providing live streaming through their official website and mobile apps. So if you are in the US you can access FoxSports online coverage through their official website/mobile app however people residing in countries outside the US can get an VPN account and set up US IP address to get access to “Foxsports Go” online.
Best VPN Providers:
There are several high quality VPN providers and below are some of the recommended ones which will not only get you IP address in any of the top country like UK, US, Germany etc but also keep you anonymous.
Express VPN: One of the leading providers of VPN service, Express VPN has been around for a while now. Their setup is easy and it won’t effect your internet speed whatsoever. Costs around $12 a month.
How it Works:
- Signup for an VPN account at ExpressVPN.
- Download the app provider after signing up and you can install it on any device like Mobile, PC etc.
- Now you can connect to a VPN server in any country you want. In our case lets say you choose UK IP and once connected to UK vpn server you can open BBC iplayer or ITV Player and watch live coverage on any device.
PureVPN: Another top quality VPN provider its faster than most other VPN services and priced at just $10 a month.
VyprVPN: Priced at $9.95 a month with a 40% discount if you signup before the world cup. VyperVPN is one of the fasterst growing network and should be reliable enough to meet your World Cup needs.
Similar services are available with Fox (US), ARD & ZDF (Germany), SBS (Australia) and Mediaset (Spain). So lets say you want German coverage but you are located in some other part of the world. All you need to do is buy an VPN and get an German IP adress and after that access ARD or ZDF just like a person would do from inside Germany.
Here are some other ways and devices you can use to access free live streaming of FIFA World Cup 2018 around the world.
2. World Cup 2018 Live Streaming trough KODI via VPN:
If you have streamed any sports before you might be familiar with the device called “KODI”. Its a free, open source software which can be installed on any of the TV streaming boxed such as “Amazon Fire TV 3” and “Mi Box”. You can even install KODI on Windows, Mac or mobile devices.
How It Works: If you know or already have a Kodi setup, all you need is a VPN account with one of the reputed VPN service provider costs $5 to $10 a month, get a UK or US IP and access official live streaming through BBC iplayer, ITV player or FoxSports GO.
3. World Cup 2018 Live Streaming through Xbox/PS4 via VPN:
Both Xbox one and PS4 comes with online streaming capabilities so if you are located in the UK or US all you need is to access BBC iplayer, ITV player or FoxSports GO through Xbox One and PS4 to get the live action. However, if you are abroad and want UK/US english coverage you can get an VPN account setup (its a bit tricky to setup on PS4 and Xbox) but once done you can surf internet anonymously plus you get an option of UK/US server ip adress which allow you free unlimited access to BBC iplayer, ITV player and FoxSports Go coverage.
Free Online Streaming Sites:
The second option is super free but not reliable. We all know there will be many websites broadcasting illegal streams of FIFA World Cup and they are available through many popular sports streaming sites. However, they are not worth it even if they are free. They come at a cost of intrusive and sometime abusive pop/banner ads which can not only harm your computer but also steal your personal information. Beside free streaming sites rarely work good enough to watch a full match. You will have to switch, swap, find stream after stream just to go through one match. So why take the headech which you can just spend $5 buy a VPN and get an IP address of a country where official broadcaster is showing live coverage through their website or mobile app.