The World Cup is the biggest Soccer tournament in the world and in this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch all the coverage.
Although the World Cup is the biggest Soccer event the coverage of it is anything but in the United States. You don’t need me to tell you that Soccer always falls behind Basketball, Football and Baseball in the US.
If you want to watch good coverage of the event you’ll need a cable subscription that includes access to Fox or Fox Sports 1.
If you don’t have a cable subscription your options can be none existent but below I’m going to show you how you can watch the entire Russia World Cup in the US without cable.
Watch the World Cup in the US
Unfortunately, the US didn’t qualify for this year’s World Cup but plenty of teams that did will be in action including Germany, Mexico, England, Poland, France, Russia, Costa Rica and more. You can watch all of these plus more in the US without cable.
To watch all the matches of the World Cup live you’ll need to access an overseas stream and the best one to do this is from the United Kingdom.
Between the two main UK networks the BBC and ITV they’re showing all the matches live online and you can watch these from the US.
To do this though you’ll need the help of a VPN app that lets you spoof your location and appear elsewhere.
A VPN is a small app aimed at protecting your privacy. They’re 100% legal in the US and will allow you to pretend you’re in the UK.
When using a VPN you can make it appear as if you’re in the UK so when you access the World Cup streams from the UK you don’t get blocked. Remember these are official streams of the World Cup and nothing sketchy or illegal about them.
How to watch the World Cup in the US without cable
You first need to choose a VPN service. Not all are suitable to watch the World Cup in the US because they don’t all work with the UK networks showing the matches.
Three that I’ve tested and do work are:
Once you’ve chosen one of the above three providers follow the steps below to watch the World Cup in the US without cable:
- Visit your chosen VPN provider, I used NordVPN which you can get by clicking here.
- Once you’ve signed up for their service download the correct app for your device from their VPN Apps section. They support all major devices such as Android and Apple iOS and Windows and Mac.
- Install the app and then open it. When requested login with your account details. These are the account details you created when you signed up for the NordVPN service.
- On the world map select and locate the United Kingdom and click on it. You can also press Countries and search United Kingdom in the list.
The app should start to make automatic connection for you but if not you’ll need to press the Connect button. It looks like a huge power button so you can’t miss it.
Once you’re connected you’ll then either need to visit the BBC iPlayer website or the ITV Hub website depending on who is showing the match you want to watch. See further down in this guide for a full World Cup schedule detailing who is showing which match.
Take a look at the example image below which shows you how easy it is to use the VPN to watch the World Cup in the US. In this example, I used a Windows PC to access the BBC iPlayer service which is one of the networks showing the World Cup matches.
See our example video below to see how easy it is.
Troubleshooting – How to fix the most common problems
You may run into one or two issues on the way so if you do I’ve listed the most common problems you’re likely to experience. All can be fixed so read below if you’re struggling.
I need an account for BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub
Yes, you will need to create an account on both BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub but it’s free to do and quick. For ITV Hub you’ll need to supply a UK Post Code (it’s similar to a Zip Code) and you can use any of these:
- SE9 3QE
- EC3A 7BA
- BD15 7LF
- KT22 9PY
- EN5 1PH
The website tells me I’m outside the UK
Depending on certain circumstances the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub website may tell you that you’re outside the UK. Even when you’re connected to the VPN.
To rectify this you should first open your web browser in InPrivate mode, this is also known as Incognito on Google Chrome. Follow this guide to find out how to open InPrivate mode on your browser. You should then visit the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub website as normal while connected to the VPN.
Another issue is you may need to change server. For this, on the NordVPN app you should go to Countries, locate the United Kingdom and then press the burger icon (it’s the three lines icon on the right). You should then select any server in the list and connect.
Now revisit the BBC iPlayer website or ITV Hub website and you should be able to watch. You may need to change server a couple of times to find one working.
World Cup Schedule
The World Cup starts on Thursday, 14th June 2018. Below you can find a full schedule of the group stages. The Network listed in the right-hand column indicates which website you should connect to to watch the match.
You can watch the World Cup in the US both the group stages and the knock-out stages when the dates and teams are known using this method.
All times given are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
- Sat June 30: France v Argentina – Kazan, 10 am
- Sat June 30: Uruguay v Portugal – Sochi, 2 pm
- Sun July 1: Spain v Russia – Moscow (Luzhniki), 10 am
- Sun July 1: Croatia v Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod, 2 pm
- Mon July 2: Brazil v Mexico – Samara, 10 am
- Mon July 2: Belgium v Japan- Rostov-on-Don, 3 pm
- Tues July 3: Sweden v Switzerland – St Petersburg 10 am
- Tues July 3: Colombia v England – Moscow (Spartak), 2 pm
Recap How to watch the World Cup in the US
If you want to watch the World Cup in the US without cable then you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app.
A VPN app will allow you to watch free streams of all the Soccer matches from the official broadcaster in the UK. You can get my recommended VPN, NordVPN by clicking the button below.
Once you’ve got the VPN download and install their app. Then connect to the United Kingdom and you can then watch each match on the above listed network in the schedule.
Which team will you be watching in the US at the World Cup the most and more importantly which team do you want to win? Let me and others know in the comments section below as it would be great to discuss the matches with you.