The FA Cup Final is upon us which will see Manchester United take on Chelsea, two giants of the English Premier League.
The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious cups in English football and in this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch the FA Cup Final online in any country in the world.
This year Manchester United and Chelsea will go head-to-head to take the trophy but if you’re aiming to watch the final outside the UK you may find it more difficult than you think.
Many countries just aren’t showing the FA Cup Final and others have it reserved for expensive cable networks that you might not have access too.
Thankfully there’s a really easy way you can watch the entire FA Cup Final live online from any country in the world and below I’ll show you how. Best of all, it’s a completely official stream so there are no sketchy websites needed!
Watch the FA Cup Final online in any country
If you’re in the USA, Australia, France or any other country in the world and you want to watch the FA Cup then I’ve got the details you need.
The final is being shown live by the UK’s BBC network. This means it’s also being streamed simultaneously online on their BBC iPlayer service. If you’ve tried to access BBC iPlayer outside the UK before then you’ll already know you’re blocked.
The reason you’re blocked is because BBC iPlayer is restricted to viewing from within the UK only. To unblock BBC iPlayer so you can watch the FA Cup Final in your country you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app.
A VPN is a 100% legal privacy tool that helps you protect your online security. It also allows you to spoof your location to make it look like you’re somewhere else.
VPN apps cost a couple of dollars per month and to watch the FA Cup Final you’re only going to need one month of service. Basically it means you can watch the final live for less than the price of an over-priced coffee from a tax-dodging coffee chain.
How to watch the FA Cup Final online Step-by-Step
To watch the FA Cup Final in any country including the USA, Australia, France and anywhere else, follow the steps below.
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and click ‘Get NordVPN‘ to sign up for their service.
- Once you’ve signed up head over to the VPN Apps section of the NordVPN website and download and install the correct app for your device type – Android, iOS, Windows and Mac are all supported.
- Open the app and when required login with the account details you created when you signed up for the service in Step 1.
- On the world map locate and select the United Kingdom and click or tap on it – You can also press Countries and select United Kingdom from the list if you can’t find it on the map.
- Press the Connect button if it doesn’t automatically connect.
- Once the app has connected visit the BBC iPlayer website where you’ll be able to watch the FA Cup Final live.
If you don’t already have a BBC iPlayer account then you’ll need to create one to watch.
If you’re finding it difficult to locate the correct options on the VPN app then take a look at our example images below that show connection on both a regular computer and also a phone or tablet.
Computer or Laptop:
Phone or Tablet:
What if you don’t have the BBC iPlayer app?
The best, easiest and most hassle free way to watch the FA Cup Final in any country is to do so on a regular computer or laptop.
There’s no messing about installing additional apps to watch, all you need is the VPN service from NordVPN as explained above and you can watch without issue.
If you do want to watch on a mobile or tablet device then you’ll need to install the BBC iPlayer app first. You should check your regular app store for BBC iPlayer and see if you can install it.
In all likelihood you won’t be able to because you’re not in the UK so you’ll need to take some additional steps to get it installed.
How to install BBC iPlayer on an Android device:
- On your Android device go to the Settings and Security section.
- Look for the option that allows you to install apps from unknown sources. Enable it. If this option doesn’t exist, skip this step.
- On the web-browser of your Android device go to the following website: https://apkpure.com/bbc-iplayer/bbc.iplayer.android
- Download and install the app. You can find it in the Downloads section of your Android device.
You can now follow the instructions from earlier in this guide to connect to the VPN first. Then launch the BBC iPlayer app where you’ll be able to stream the FA Cup Final live anywhere in the world.
How to install BBC iPlayer on an Apple iOS device:
If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad it’s a bit more difficult to install the BBC iPlayer app outside the UK. For this you’ll need to refer to a guide such as this one.
When is the FA Cup Final 2018 shown
The 2018 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Chelsea takes place on May 19th, 2018.
Kick-off is expected to be approximately 17:15 BST which is the standard time for the United Kingdom. That makes it 12:15 pm in New York, 23:15 in Thailand and 02:15 am on the following day in Sydney, Australia.
If you need to find out the exact time of kick-off in your country you should refer to a website such as TheTimeZoneConvertor.
The FA Cup Final will be taking place at Wembley Stadium in London, England and with a VPN as explained earlier in this guide you can watch live no matter where in the world you are.
Manchester United fans should be happy as reports confirm that Romelu Lukaku is set to be fit for the showdown after picking up an injury.
Chelsea on the other hand who are chasing 4th place in the Premier League will be hoping to take the FA Cup final title, but with 2nd placed Manchester United also out of the running for other cups this season such as the Champions League they too will be hoping to add the FA Cup to their trophy cabinet.
Recap How to watch the FA Cup Final in any country
If you want to watch the FA Cup Final in the USA, Australia, Canada, France or in fact any other country in the world then you’ll need to get a VPN app.
A VPN will allow you to watch the official live coverage on the UK’s BBC network. You can get our recommended VPN for the job by clicking the button below and following the steps from earlier in this guide.
We would love to hear what country you’ll be watching the FA Cup from so why not post in our comments section below? We would also be interested to hear what team you’ll be supporting and your predictions for the final score.