How to watch the Women’s World Cup free online

David

David

David has been watching TV outside of his home country for over 12 years. In addition to his streaming expertise, he has a wealth of experience in watching sports and documentaries, having spent many years following these genres. He is an avid fan of The Detectorists and Blue Planet, and also has a keen interest in English football.

After all the thrills and spills of the Men’s World Cup back in the winter, football fans around the world will be thrilled that there is another world cup to look forward to this summer.

The Women’s World Cup 2024 is taking place in Australia and New Zealand, and with the astonishing spike in popularity of women’s football over the past few years, this looks set to be both the biggest Women’s World Cup on record and also the best.

If you watched the Men’s Finals, like I did, you will know that World Cups unfold gradually over several weeks with different storylines emerging, shocks and surprises aplenty, and the world’s very best players writing their own legacies right there in front of you.

That’s why, for fans like me, it is important to be able to watch as much of a World Cup as possible. But unfortunately, that isn’t possible for fans everywhere.

Quick Guide: How to watch the Women’s World Cup

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the app, sign in, and select ‘United Kingdom‘.
  3. Go to BBC iPlayer or ITVX.
  4. Start streaming the matches.

While some countries will have near-blanket coverage of the tournament, a lot will have it behind a paywall while, in others, coverage will be limited to home-team matches, highlights, or in some cases, no coverage at all.

So, if you want to live stream as much of the Women’s World Cup 2024 as possible and aren’t sure how to do that where you are, fear not.

I too have a problem streaming the Women’s World Cup where I am, and I have unearthed a simple solution that will allow you to watch the Women’s World Cup 2024 live, on-demand, and for free, no matter where in the world you are.

If you want to find out how and enjoy all the ups and downs of this exciting tournament, just keep on reading.

What you need to live stream the Women’s World Cup

So, where to begin?

Well, firstly, you need to find some reputable streaming platforms that will be showing as much of the tournament as possible.

That won’t be possible everywhere because some countries just don’t want to show it, while FIFA’s unrealistic pricing structures mean that in some countries, all broadcasters have been priced out of the market.

The good news is that in the UK, a deal with FIFA has been struck, and the Women’s World Cup 2024 will be broadcast live and on-demand for free in a joint deal between the BBC and ITV.

Both are free-to-air terrestrial broadcasters, and both will be making all of their coverage available to stream on their respective streaming platforms; the BBC iPlayer and ITV X.

They have split up the matches between them, so if you can’t find the game you want to watch on one streaming platform, you can be sure that it is on the other. I’ve done this before, and a quick Google search will be able to tell you which match is showing where.

Both the BBC iPlayer and ITV X are free to use (although BBC will require you to confirm you have a valid TV licence), and users only need to sign up for a free account to access their coverage.

However, they do both employ geo-restrictive technologies to ensure that no-one outside the UK can access their services.

Don’t worry though. These geo-restrictions can be easily hopped with the help of a little tool known as a VPN app.

How to live stream the Women’s World Cup anywhere

To live stream the Women’s World Cup 2024 from anywhere in the world, all you need to do is follow these few simple steps. We have used ExpressVPN as our recommended VPN for this job. Other VPN providers are available.

Step 1

Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their one-year deal, which comes with a 49% discount and an extra three months free. There is also a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Step 2

Download and install the ExpressVPN app from either their official website or your device’s app store for security reasons.

Step 3

Log in to the ExpressVPN app using your new account details.

Step 4

In the app, click the Selected Location option, choose a server located in the United Kingdom, and click the Connect button.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Watch the games anywhere using ExpressVPN.

Step 5

Visit either the BBC iPlayer or ITV X website (or download their excellent free apps).

You will need to create and log into an account (this is free, and I can attest from experience that it couldn’t be easier), and then you will be able to find and enjoy every single game at the Women’s World Cup 2024.

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What is a VPN?

If you are new to this, you might be wondering at this point exactly what a VPN is and what we are asking you to sign up for.

That’s perfectly normal, and I remember when I was a VPN novice how wary I was of taking the plunge. Keep reading because they are really simple and more than worth the effort.

VPN is short for Virtual Private Network (stick with me). A VPN is, first and foremost, an online security and privacy tool designed to help people keep their online data private and safe.

It works by redirecting everything you do online down an encrypted pathway and through an external server. This is the important bit for streamers like us because this server changes the location information on your internet data.

VPN servers can be based anywhere, and when you connect to one in another country, it makes it look as if that is where you are based.

So, if you want to watch the Women’s World Cup 2024 on either the BBC iPlayer or ITV X streaming services, all you have to do is connect to a VPN server in the UK and then visit those streaming platforms as usual. It really is as simple as that.

There is one more point that you need to know, especially if you are new to this. I wish I had known all this first time out.

Are there other VPN apps to choose from?

Some streaming platforms, including the BBC iPlayer, don’t like VPNs unblocking their content and try to block them. That means you need to be sure to choose a VPN that is able to get around this.

We have tested all the main VPNs, and ExpressVPN is the one to go for. Not only can it unblock both the BBC iPlayer and ITV X, but its speeds, apps, and server network make it the perfect VPN.

If you do want to look further afield, then NordVPN or Surfshark VPN are the other main VPN providers worth looking at. Both have all the features you need, come at a great price, and can match ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee.

But I have been streaming British content from abroad for years and can say with some confidence that ExpressVPN is the best VPN to choose.

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Understanding the Women’s World Cup 2024

The Women’s World Cup 2024 is set to be the biggest-ever Women’s World Cup tournament. There are eight groups of four teams which have been drawn as follows:

  • Group A – New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland
  • Group B – Australia, Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Canada
  • Group C – Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan
  • Group D – England, Haiti, Denmark, China
  • Group E – United States, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal
  • Group F – France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama
  • Group G – Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina
  • Group H – Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea

The Women’s World Cup 2024 is taking place across ten different stadiums in Australia (6 venues) and New Zealand (4 venues).

The matches will take place at the following stadia:

  • Brisbane Stadium – Brisbane, Australia
  • Dunedin Stadium – Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Eden Park – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Hindmarsh Stadium – Adelaide, Australia
  • Melbourne Rectangular Stadium – Melbourne, Australia
  • Perth Rectangular Stadium – Perth, Australia
  • Stadium Australia – Sydney, Australia
  • Sydney Football Stadium – Sydney, Australia
  • Waikato Stadium – Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Wellington Regional Stadium – Wellington, New Zealand

Teams to look out for at the Women’s World Cup

United States

US Women's team winning the 2015 World Cup.

The reigning World Cup holders are still the team to beat but may not have things all their own way this time out.

They have lost recent games to England, Germany, and Spain, and with some older players retiring and new players coming in, they are arguably in a period of transition.

With former finalists The Netherlands in their group, this could be the year they are dethroned.

Australia

Australia's Alex Chidiac and Steph Catley with Sports Minister Steve Dimopoulous.

The host nation and, with one of the star players in Sam Kerr, Australia will be looking to make a big impression in the latter stages of this tournament.

They have lost only once this year but have a tricky group with Nigeria and Canada, both potential banana skins.

Germany

German Women's football team at the 2015 World Cup.

Lost the Euros final to England at Wembley but always strong and with an impressive younger generation of players coming through.

The Germans have a straightforward group, so they have time to get themselves in a rhythm to take on the big guns in the latter stages.

England

The reigning European Champions haven’t had the best preparation for the tournament, with injury robbing them of key players like Beth Mead and Leah Williamson.

But they have depth in their squad and in coach Sarina Wiegman, boast someone with a Midas touch at major tournaments, having only ever lost one game and that was a World Cup final. Will be there or thereabouts.

According to Suzanne Wrack, Wiegman is “is ‘getting closer’ to knowing her starting XI for the Women’s World Cup but still has some experimenting to do.” It will be fascinating to see which players she goes for and whether they can emulate the achievements of the squad last summer.

Top players at the Women’s World Cup

Sam Kerr, Australia

Sam Kerr of Australia

Sam Kerr, the Chelsea striker is home nation Australia’s superstar striker who will captain the Matildas. The 29-year-old arrives in the tournament fresh from winning the Women’s Super League title in England and scoring the decisive goal in the Women’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.

She has scored more than 60 international goals and finished top-scorer at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India, with seven goals in just four matches. She also scored five at the last World Cup, and expectations will be high this time around too.

Marta, Brazil

The veteran is now 37 years old and set to play in her sixth World Cup. Marta is a six-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and holds the record for the most goals in World Cup tournaments at 17.

Marta has been dealing with an ACL injury but has found her fitness just in time and will be a star name in what is likely to be her final World Cup appearance.

Alexia Putellas, Spain

Alexia Putellas of Spain

Putellas won the Ballon d’Or Féminin, the Best FIFA Women’s Player, and European Women’s Player of the Year in both 2021 and 2022, so arguably comes into this tournament as the best player in the world.

She missed the Women’s Euros last summer through injury but recovered this season to help her club, Barcelona, win the treble in Spain. Despite some internal ructions in the Spain squad, Putellas is set to be one of the stars of this tournament.

Lucy Bronze, England

Lucy Bronze

Barcelona right-back Bronze won the Euros with England last summer and has also won four Champions League wins with two different teams.

She has also won the domestic leagues in England, France, and Spain, and with the England squad shorn of many leading players through injury, it will be Bronze who is fronting up their quest for a second international tournament win in two years.

Key dates for the Women’s World Cup

The Women’s World Cup runs from 20th July20th August 2024, and with eight groups plus a knockout stage, there are loads of matches to look forward to.

The group stage concludes on the 3rd August, with Round of 16 games taking place between 5th and 8th August.

We can then look forward to the quarter-finals on the 11th and 12th August, the semi-finals on the 15th and 16th August and after a third-place playoff on the 19th August, the big one, the final, will take place on 20th August.

How to get the best streaming experience

Recommendations on internet speed for smooth streaming

To fully enjoy the Women’s World Cup 2024 streaming live or on-demand on the BBC iPlayer or ITV X streaming services, you will need to ensure that your internet speed is smooth and consistently as fast as possible.

Because a VPN redirects your internet data, it will have some impact on your internet speeds. Our recommended VPN, ExpressVPN is one of the quickest around. Others may slow things down more.

We have tested this on the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub from all over the world, and our test results suggest that you need to have a minimum internet speed of 3Mbps if you want to stream content on these platforms using a VPN without any interruptions.

That’s for standard streaming. If you want to stream the Women’s World Cup 2024 in HD, the speeds you will need are at least 5Mbps and, ideally, as much as 8Mbps to get a decent picture.

We don’t believe the BBC are broadcasting the Women’s World Cup 2024 in 4K UHD, but if they do, the speeds you will need at least 25 Mbps.

We should stress that these speed suggestions are the minimum you can get away with. The faster your internet speed, the more reliable your streaming experience will be.

I found living in Asia that I needed 25 Mbps to get a connection that was consistent all the time. But that was living a long way from the UK. If you are closer, you will certainly get away with less.

Tips to improve streaming quality

If you are having trouble with streaming quality and being bothered by buffering and other issues (we know how frustrating this is when you are watching a match), there are a few things that you can do to improve things.

Here are a few suggestions that experience has taught me can help you to speed things up:

  • Wired Connection – Instead of relying on Wi-Fi to connect your device to the router with a wired connection. This will give you an instant speed boost.
  • Avoid Peak Times – If everyone is using the internet at the same time, speeds get slower for them all. So, if you can wait, try and watch the game on-demand when there are fewer people logging on where you are.
  • Close Apps – If your streaming device has lots of apps running, they will be using up your precious bandwidth. Close all apps you don’t need open to free up space and boost your speeds.
  • Kick others offline – If your kids are playing games online or someone else is watching something different, it will all impact the speeds. Give them a few quid to go down the cinema, and when they are offline, watch your speeds go up.

Summary: Essential Insights

I am hugely looking forward to the Women’s World Cup 2024, and I know I am not alone. No matter where you are in the world, this promises to be a hugely exciting tournament.

But it is not being streamed everywhere, so if you are unlucky enough to be in a country where the Women’s World Cup 2024 is not available or is locked behind a paywall, don’t worry; it’s easy to watch every match live or on-demand for free, with the help of a VPN app.

From our tests and my own personal experience, it is ExpressVPN that I recommend. It works with both the BBC iPlayer and ITV X, has fast and consistent speeds, and everything else you need.

All you have to do is sign up, download the ExpressVPN app, log in to your new account, connect to a UK-based server, and then use the BBC iPlayer or ITV X service just as you would if you were in the UK.

My advice is to get things set up now. The Women’s World Cup 2024 is almost upon us. You don’t want to miss this. It’s going to be an absolute humdinger of a tournament.

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