32 teams. 64 matches. 1 month of emotions and unexpected turns. That can only mean one thing: the 2018 World Cup is just around the corner. This year’s competition will be hosted in Russia and is expected to be one of the most-watched events of the year. After Brazil’s epic 7-1 loss at the hands of Germany, it’ll be interesting to see whether they can right one of soccer’s greatest upsets.
Wait…what’s a VPN?
Short for virtual private network, a VPN lets you connect to a server in a different city or country — thereby giving you access to all the sites and services available in that area. For years, people have used VPNs to bypass MLB and NHL blackouts by connecting to servers in areas where games are being shown. Fortunately, you can also use them to access regional World Cup streams around the world. Yup, no need to waste time looking for bootleg (and potentially dangerous) streams online — you can actually use a VPN to access legit free World Cup streams for anywhere in the world.
How VPNs work
In addition to letting you access sites in different countries, a VPN actually masks your IP address while assigning you a “virtual” one. This means everything you do online will be anonymous and encrypted — as long as the VPN you’re using is private. An easy way to check whether your VPN is anonymous or not is to see whether it’s a free or paid service: paid VPN services usually host their own server networks, which allows them to provide anonymous connections. Free VPNs, on the other hand, usually run on public servers, meaning they’re often open and unsecured.
Use a VPN to live stream the World Cup for free
While there are tons of ways to stream the world cup with a VPN, we’ll focus on the top three options.
1. Stream from the UK
As the official Fifa sponsor in the UK, the BBC’s ITV has full coverage of all 64 matches and arguably offers the best all-around coverage in the world. What’s more, every match is free to stream (as long as you’re in the UK, that is).
Fortunately, you can use your handy VPN to connect to a server location in the UK and access the ITV player instantly.
2. Stream from Australia
Another great (and free) option is to use your VPN to connect to an Australian server location and stream via The World Game website. While this site naturally focuses on all Australian games, you can also catch a lot of other matches, including a random “match of the day” option.
And then there’s Australia’s own Optus network, which gives you inside access to all 64 matches. The service is usually $14 AUD a month, but you can sign up for 14-day free trial to catch as many live games as you can. Be warned, though: you may need to set your alarm as the start times may be a little off.
3. Stream from the US
And finally, you can use a VPN to access US streams via FOX Sports. With access to every match, as well as behind-the-scenes coverage, FOX is easily the go-to streaming service for American coverage. Note that you’ll need to provide a valid US cable provider’s information in order to stream, though you could probably use your Dad’s/friend’s/neighbor’s login info if you agree to buy them dinner.
The Russia 2018 World Cup is scheduled to kick-start today with host (Russia) playing against Saudi Arabia 4:00pm Nigerian time. Take advantage of this live stream feature, and enjoy the fun that the World Cup brings. Meanwhile you can also opt to change your IP address manually. Here is a link containing 80 anonymous IP addresses you can choose from.
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