How to Watch the FIFA World Cup in England

If you are in England and wondering how to watch the FIFA World Cup in England, then you are in the right place.

The FIFA World Cup is only a day away. The England national team is already in Qatar and is confident about winning the tournament this time.

In this article, we will guide you on how you can watch all the exciting games of the World Cup.

Let’s go!

We will provide you with detailed information about watching the World Cup matches. But let’s summarize the article for you in the following chart:

TV Channel
  • BBC
  • ITV
Online stream
  • BBC iPlayer
  • ITVX
Without Cable
  • BBC iPlayer
  • ITV Hub
  • YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • fuboTV
  • ExpressVPN
  • NordVPN
  • SurfShark
Mobile Live Streaming
  • BBC iPlayer app
  • ITVX

How to Watch the FIFA World Cup in England on TV

The Official broadcast partners of FIFA World Cup in England are BBC TV and ITV.


BBC is one of the oldest T.V. channels in the world. It has been a medium of entertainment for many years. To live up to its reputation, BBC has arranged for a 4k HDR telecast of the World Cup matches.

BBC will telecast 33 out of 64 matches of the world cup. With some group stage matches, BBC will broadcast at least 1 semi-final and the final game.

The only problem with BBC TV is that it is usually 30 seconds late. So, it can happen that your neighbors, who are watching on other platforms, are shouting before you know what happened.


The British free-to-air television network will broadcast many matches of the world cup. ITV will not broadcast in 4K HDR like the BBC. However, ITV won’t be 30 seconds late. So, if you don’t want to be late for the celebration, ITV is your option.

Both BBC and ITV have divided the world cup matches between themselves. Here is the group stage fixture for you:

How to Live Stream

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer allows you to watch BBC channels live. So, you can watch all 33 matches on BBC iPlayer that BBC TV will broadcast. BBC iPlayer offers you 4K streaming as well.

However, not all devices are compatible with BBC iPlayer.

Watching on BBC iPlayer is quite easy via cable or online. But if you are from outside the UK, you will need a high-speed VPN.


ITV is launching ITVX, a streaming platform, for the Qatar World Cup. It will be a replacement for ITV Hub Player. Since the venue will be new, it cannot be said how your experience will be. Nonetheless, you can expect good service as ITV is known for good service.

How Can You Watch Without Cable

If you want to enjoy the World Cup without any cable connection, you can choose from these options:

  • BBC iPlayer
  • ITVX
  • YouTube T.V.
  • Sling TV
  • fuboTV

We have already talked about BBC iPlayer and ITVX. Let’s check on the other options:

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a good option for watching World Cup matches online. It also offers high quality. YouTube T.V. will also show replays, highlights, and other updates about the tournament. You will get all these only for $64.99.


fuboTV will also telecast the world cup matches in 4K. Unlike the BBC iPlayer, it is compatible with many devices. Apart from live games, fuboTV offers match highlights, replays, and kick-off shows. You can enjoy all these for $79.99 with a fuboTV elite plan.

Sling TV

Sling TV is comparatively budget-friendly. However, it does not work in England. You have to use VPN to watch the games. The best part about Sling T.V. is that it will telecast the 64 matches.

How to Watch Via VPNs

There are several live-streaming platforms available. However, most of them are restricted to particular areas.

That’s not a problem for football fans. You can use premium VPNs to get access to those platforms. The best VPNs for the U.K. in are:

  • ExpressVPN
  • CyberGhost
  • NordVPN
  • IPVanish
  • SurfShark


ExpressVPN is known for its high-speed server connection. Its other features are:

  • Server with a fast rate.
  • 94 countries and 3,000+ servers.
  • More than 100 servers throughout the United States.
  • 5 connected devices at once.


If you sign up for a two-year subscription, it just costs $2.32 monthly. That is why SurfShark is called the most budget-friendly CPN. Surf Shark has the following benefits:

  • 3200+ servers in more than 65 nations.
  • 600+ servers spread over 23+ US cities.
  • limitless connections at once.
  • Supportable on macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Firestick, Roku, and Chromecast.


NordVPN has the largest server network. It provides you with the following:

  1. 5543+ servers in 94+ nations.
  2. Over 1900 U.S. servers
  3. It can be applied to six devices at once.
  4. Available on the following platforms: Apple T.V., Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Firestick, Roku, and Chromecast.

How to Watch on Mobile

You can also watch all the World Cup matches on your mobile phone. For that, you need to install ITVX or BBC iPlayer. The mobile apps are available for both Android and iPhone.

The World Cup is the biggest festival for football fans. So, it has been made free for the fans to watch the world cup matches on both BBC iPlayer and ITVX.

Other options are available if your device is not compatible with these apps. You can try fuboTV to watch live. fuboTV is compatible with most devices. You can watch HD quality on your phone through fuboTV.

Enjoy Buffer-free World Cup Streaming

Territory TV Network
Albania RTSH
Argentina TyC Sports
Armenia AMPTV
Australia SBS
Austria ORF
Azerbaijan İTV
Belarus Belteleradio
Belgium RTBF and VRT
Bolivia Red Uno and Unitel
Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
Bulgaria BNT and Nova
Brazil TV Globo
Brunei Kristal-Astro
Cambodia TVK
Canada Bell Media (TSN)
Caribbean SportsMax
Cayman Islands Logic
Central Asia Saran Media
China CCTVMigu
Colombia Caracol Televisión and RCN Televisión
Costa Rica Teletica
Croatia HRT
Curaçao TV Direct 13
Cyprus CyBC
Czech Republic ČT
Denmark DR and TV 2
Ecuador Teleamazonas
El Salvador TCS
Estonia ERR
Europe EBU
France TF1 and beIN Sports
Finland YleMTV3
Georgia GPB
Germany ARD, ZDF, and Deutsche Telekom
Greece ANT1
Guatemala TV Azteca and Tigo Sports
Honduras Televicentro
Hungary MTVA
Iceland RÚV
Indian subcontinent Viacom18
Indonesia Klikdaily and Emtek
Bangladesh T Sports
Ireland RTÉ
Israel IPBC
Italy RAI
Japan Dentsu Inc.
Kazakhstan Kazakh TV
Kosovo RTK
Latin America Vrio Corp.
Latvia LTV
Liechtenstein SRG SSR
Lithuania LRT
Macau TDM
Malaysia Astro
Malta PBS
MENA beIN Sports
Mexico Televisa
Moldova TRM
Montenegro RTCG
Netherlands NOS
New Zealand Sky
North Macedonia MRT
Norway NRK and TV 2
Panama RPC and TVN
Paraguay TyC Sports and Tigo Sports
Peru Latina Televisión
Poland TVP
Portugal RTP
Romania TVR
Russia Channel One, Match TV, and VGTRK
Serbia RTS
Slovakia RTVS
Slovenia RTV
South Korea SBS, KBS, and MBC
Spain Mediapro and RTVE
Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport
Suriname SCCN
Sweden SVT and TV4
Switzerland SRG SSR
Taiwan ELTA
Turkey TRT
Ukraine Suspilne
United Kingdom BBC and ITV
United States Fox Sports and Telemundo
Uruguay ANTEL, TeleDoce, and Canal
Venezuela Televen


Where Can I Stream the FIFA World Cup?

You can watch all the matches from the FIFA World Cup live on BBC iPlayer (UK), ServusTV (Austria), Fox (US), and TSN (Canada). There are different broadcasters for the FIFA World Cup Qatar in different countries.

Can I Watch the FIFA World Cup For Free?

You can watch all your favorite matches from the tournament on BBC iPlayer for free. However, it comes with geo-restrictions and can only be accessed inside the UK. However, you can still watch the FIFA World Cup live on BBC iPlayer from anywhere by connecting to a UK server via ExpressVPN.

How Can I Watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar on Mobile For Free?

You can watch the FIFA World Cup on mobile without paying a penny by downloading the BBC iPlayer app. The streaming service has the official broadcasting rights for the tournament and will be streaming all matches for free.


Well, we hope you can enjoy the tournament by following our instructions. We have given you several options; choose the one you find more convincing. Enjoy yourself and enjoy the games. That’s all.

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.