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.
We take a look some of the ways you can watch FIFA World Cup Live Online if for some reason you don’t have access to live coverage on TV or you stuck in the office or even enjoying holiday at the beach resort.
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.
Official Live Streaming Feeds trough VPN:
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. So lets say you are in Spain and want english coverage all you need to do is buy and VPN (cost around $5) and get a UK IP address and you are all good to access both BBC and ITV online platforms.
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.
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.