We’ve spent hundreds of hours of research to find out the top 10 streaming services for watching soccer.
The two biggest misconceptions about streaming soccer are, one, many of the games aren’t available via streaming, and, two, you can’t watch the games on television.
Both of these are untrue. First, there’s more soccer available via legal streaming now than ever before. Practically every soccer league worth its salt is available on a variety of soccer streaming services (we recently released an eBook chronicling the master list of where you can find the leagues and competitions).
Secondly, any of the games you watch on streaming can be viewed on your television set by taking a couple of extra steps. To walk you through the options, watch the how-to video we created.
Oftentimes, the quality of the legal stream is comparable to cable/satellite. Or, in some cases, it’s even better.
The rankings of the top 10 streaming services for watching soccer are based on my experiences with all 10. I’ve been a cord cutter for almost two years, and have been legally streaming soccer games for 13 years since 2006 (in the days of Setanta Broadband, Setanta-i and — later — FOXSoccer.tv).
Here are the top 10 streaming services for watching soccer:
Disclaimer: Everyone has a different opinion, so some of these legal streaming services may rank higher or lower depending on what leagues you like to watch.
At $5.99/month, ESPN+ is the most affordable streaming service for sports fans. At that price point, it’s hard to pass up on the opportunity.
With ESPN+, you can watch the following leagues and competitions: Bundesliga, Serie A, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, MLS out-of-market games and USL. On top of that, you get the ESPN FC news and analysis show — the best daily soccer show in the United States — as well as a ton of coverage from other sports.
ESPN+ ranks number one in my opinion based on the cost-effective price, the reliability and quality of streams, as well as the wealth of leagues and competitions that are available to soccer fans.
Paramount+ is the paid streaming service from CBS that includes original programming, movies, exclusive series, live streams of CBS channels and, most important of all, sports.
Since August 2020, Paramount+ has been the new home of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League for viewers in the United States.
Paramount+ offers a 7-day free trial.
Out of all of the streaming services available, fuboTV has the widest selection of soccer leagues and competitions. The only glaring omission is ESPN. But other than that, it has everything from NBCSN. NBC, FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, TNT, TyC Sports, Universo, Univision, Univision Deportes Network, UniMas, Galavision, Chelsea TV and more than 70 other channels.
Technologically speaking, fuboTV is a leader in the space as it continues to provide ease of use through its DVR functionality, sleek design, availability on all of the leading apps as well as broadcasting select games in 4K.
The other major benefit of fuboTV is that it has more local stations than other streaming services, so you can access your local FOX, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision channels and more.
As far as the leagues and competitions they broadcast, they include: Premier League, LaLiga, Liga MX, World Cup, Women’s World Cup, MLS, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Primeira Liga, Ligue Un, NWSL, Bundesliga, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Argentina Superliga, Turkish Super Lig, Swiss Super League, UEFA Nations League, Euro 2020 qualifiers, Ascenso MX, African Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations.
fuboTV is not for everyone, but it offers a variety of different packages to choose from that cater to most consumers.
4. Sling TV
Owned and operated by DISH, Sling TV is an ideal replacement for cable or satellite. The streaming service offers a long list of channels that start at $35/month with your choice of Sling Orange or Sling Blue. For soccer fans, the big difference is that Sling Orange has the ESPN channels, while Sling Blue has the FOX channels. But you can subscribe to both Sling Orange + Sling Blue for $50/month.
From there, you can pick and choose additional services and options to add such as DVR or other packages that include other channels.
While the user interface isn’t the greatest, Sling TV is a reliable streaming service that is worth checking out for cord cutters. They’ve been in the streaming business since 2012, so they know how to maintain a reliable platform with high-quality streams.
5. Hulu + Live TV
Not to be confused with just the regular Hulu, Hulu + Live TV is as the name suggests. It includes all of the movies, TV shows and original programming that you can expect with Hulu but with the addition of your favorite live TV channels.
The advantage of Hulu + Live TV is that it combines ESPN channels with FOX Sports and NBC Sports, so you get all of your favorite sports channels in one streaming service.
Hulu with Live TV includes more than 60 broadcast and cable channels for a base subscription price starting at $64.99/month.
Fanatiz specializes in streaming many of the best soccer leagues from around the world at an affordable price.
Fanatiz streams the Argentinian, Chilean, Mexican and Peruvian leagues globally. And in the case of the US specifically, they stream LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa Libertadores, Primeira Liga, Argentinian Superliga, the Chilean first division league, Chilean Cup and more.
After the free trial, they charge a monthly subscription of $7.99. The streaming is high quality too.
The newest streaming service to become available is Vidgo, which includes FOX Sports, ESPN and a ton of other channels but no NBC Sports.
With it being new, Vidgo is continuing to add new features all the time, so while it’s a work in progress, the streaming service is certainly very cost effective with plans starting at $30.
Sign up for a free trial to Vidgo.
8. Peacock TV
Peacock Premium is a paid streaming service from NBC Universal that features more than 20,000 hours of content including live sports, movies, original programs and reruns of classic TV shows from NBC.
Peacock features three tiers (free, Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus), but for the purposes of soccer fans, Peacock Premium features 175 Premier League games exclusively per season.
A 7-day free trial is available to Peacock Premium.
9. Disney Bundle
By now, anyone who has subscribed to ESPN+ has seen the value for money. With more than 10 top soccer leagues and a whole lot more, it’s the greatest deal ever for soccer fans.
But did you know that you can upgrade to also get Hulu and Disney+ added for a low fee?
With Hulu and Disney+, those two streaming services alone bring you everything from Star Wars and the Marvel movies to original films and comedies on Hulu. Combined with your existing ESPN+ subscription, the trio of services offer tons of entertainment and sports.
Upgrade to The Disney Bundle and get Hulu & Disney+ for only $8 more per month.
10. YouTube TV
Given that YouTube TV doesn’t have beIN SPORTS, YouTube TV is not everyone’s cup of tea. But the streaming service is a cost-effective replacement for cable television.
Another concern about YouTubeTV is how committed their parent company, Google, is about the service. In recent years, we’ve seen Google launch several products, only to shut them down later (Google Reader, Google+, Google Buzz, Google Wave, Google Talk, etc).
YouTube TV offers a 7-day trial to the service. After that, it starts at $65/month.
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25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Euro 2020, Copa America, Gold Cup & MLS
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $5.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more