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The beautiful game is back in many nations following delays and suspended seasons caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But whether your favorite league is in action may depend on where that league is located and how league leaders have chosen to react to the dangers and challenges of the pandemic. For now, most of our tips below still apply, but you should double-check to make sure that your favorite leagues and teams are in action.
We're tracking some leagues for you. We can tell you that Bundesliga, La Liga, and Serie A are back (so is the English Premier League, which we cover here). The United States' MLS is on its way back, too: Florida will host a tournament of all MLS teams, with home games to follow later in the season when it's deemed safe to have them. As of July 8, the MLS season is back underway.
For the latest on these leagues, as well as other leagues and other sports, check out our full guide to streaming sports during the coronavirus pandemic.
Replacing live sports has long been one of the tougher things to do as a cord cutter, but it's getting easier every year. Thanks to solutions like OTT skinny bundles, OTA antennas, and standalone soccer streaming services like FuboTV, it's just not that hard to cut cable while still staying on top of the latest developments in the world of sport. In this post, we'll show you how to watch soccer online, and we'll fill you in on non-streaming solutions — like over-the-air broadcasts and radio — as well.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream soccer:
This piece will cover international play, MLS, and major international soccer leagues besides the Premier League. For the scoop on watching the Premier League online, head to our standalone piece on the subject.
There are a lot of ways to enjoy soccer coverage without cable, but many of our options fall into just one category: Live TV streaming services, or “skinny bundles.” These sorts of streaming services will give us access to live streams of multiple channels. Think of them like cable, but for cord cutters! Though they're not free, they are cheaper than their legacy pay TV forebears, and they often offer free trials.
So if these sorts of services will get us live TV networks, the next logical question to ask is: Which channels do we need? Let's run down some of the big ones.
This isn't an exhaustive list, of course, but it will help us get started as we investigate our options.
Below, you'll find all of your best options for watching soccer without cable. We'll start with the live TV streaming services, or “skinny bundles,” which make great ways to get the channels we went over above. Next, we'll talk about free over-the-air TV and streaming services other than the aforementioned skinny bundles. Ready? Let's kick this list off!
Stream soccer for free with Hulu
The live TV streaming service run by Hulu is one of your best options for watching soccer without cable. Hulu offers live streams of channels like Fox, NBC, FS1, NBCSN, ESPN, and more. There's always something to watch on Hulu + Live TV, and you'll be able to test everything out for free by signing up for the service's free trial offer. To do that, just click the link in this section.
Stream soccer for free with fuboTV
fuboTV started out as the perfect skinny bundle for soccer maniacs: It was all about soccer, and its super-skinny bundle included only channels that offered live soccer matches. fuboTV later re-positioned itself as a skinny bundle for everyone, but it still holds a special appeal for soccer fans. There are tons of great sports channels on fuboTV, and it's a particularly good choice for those who want to watch foreign leagues like Liga MX and Serie A. To learn more, read our review of fuboTV — or just check out the service for yourself by signing up for its free trial offer.
Stream soccer with Sling TV
Sling TV doesn't have local channels these days, so you'll have to rely on an antenna to get Fox and NBC. But Sling TV has a lot of the other stuff that we're looking for, including FS1, ESPN, NBCSN, and more. Sling TV allows users to customize their bundles, which means you can round up even the more obscure soccer channels without having to pay for some sprawling channel bundle.
AT&T TV Now is, as the name suggests, the live TV streaming service from AT&T. It offers a ton of great channels, including some big ones with soccer coverage — AT&T TV Now is a good way to snag Fox, NBC, FS1, ESPN, NBCSN, and more. AT&T TV Now offers a free trial.
There are a lot of different companies in the live TV streaming space right now. Google is among them: The tech giant has its own live TV streaming service called YouTube TV. This is a great skinny bundle with lots of features to enjoy. But what matters most is the channel selection, of course. Luckily, YouTube TV does well in that department, too. Expect lots of channels with soccer coverage.
Fox and NBC have some big-time deals in place with soccer teams and leagues. So does Univision. And while some of the big games may end up on network TV channels like FS1 and NBCSN, other ones land on the flagship over-the-air channels. With an antenna and a TV, you could watch soccer free — no cable required.
Stream soccer with ESPN+
Disney's sports-specific streaming service is a great option for soccer fans. ESPN+ has all manner of obscure sports coverage, including weird stuff like beach soccer (which is exactly what it sounds like). But it's not just the obscure stuff that you'll find here: ESPN+ has devoured Major League Soccer's league streaming service, MLS Live. Now, an ESPN+ subscription includes all of the MLS matches that customers could once stream on the now-defunct MLS Live.
What about FOX Soccer 2 Go?
All good stuff. I am happy with SLING (Orange + Blue + Spanish pkg.). But with all that, this NY Red Bulls fan cannot find MSG, when MLS Live is blacked out locally (New Jersey, specifically)… Any suggestions?
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