The moment is nearly upon us, EURO 2021 is due to kick off on the 11th of June. After COVID-19 put paid to the competition in 2020, football fans around the world mourned. But the tournament is back with a vengeance and it’s exactly the kind of distraction we need right now.
Granted, travel restrictions mean we won’t be going to see as many live games as we normally would, but there’s always a chance a few England fans will make it to Wembley for the semi-final and final — fingers crossed!
For the rest of us though, watching the matches will largely be a couch and living room-based affair. Thankfully, with a VPN, you can stream matches for free. Here’s how:
1. Get a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The trick here is to choose a high-quality paid service. You’ll do this for two reasons: first, so that you have plenty of choices when it comes to server locations, and secondly, because good VPNs won’t delay your streaming speed and cause glitches while you watch. If you are not sure which VPN to subscribe to, you can always start with a free VPN trial.
2. Discover Which TV Channels are Streaming Which Games
This is pretty simple, do a quick Google search to find out which channels (both in the UK and on the continent) are streaming the games you want to watch. Make a handy list so you can refer to it in the future.
You’ll see that paid streaming services come up in the first few results, but what you’re looking for is free on-demand channels. To get you started, take a look at these services:
- UK: ITV and BBC
- Germany: ARD and ZDF
- Italy: RAI
- France: TFI and M6
3. Get the Apps and Accounts You Need
To access these channels, you may need a dedicated app and/or an account. These are easy to set up, but you will need to skirt geo-location blocks. Use your VPN and change your server location to Germany when you’re setting up German TV, for instance.
When the match is due to start, open up your VPN and select your server location according to the channel’s country of origin. Then open your app or web page for that channel. Sign in and stream!
Get the best of EURO 2021 for free in your living room and it’s full stream ahead!