Football (soccer for Americans) is the most popular sport in the world. Because of that, Europe hosts many of the leagues and tournaments. Given that fact, it should come as no surprise that the English Premier League is home to some of the most popular and valuable franchises around the world. Whether you are a fan of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, or others, there is quite a bit of action to watch and teams to cheer for. There are a total of 380 matches that start in mid-August and finish in mid-May. If you are a fan of the footy, there are international solutions to watch the matches around the world with a VPN. Have a look at our favorites below.
VPN providers like IPVanish and ExpressVPN host servers in countries around the world. That way, you can connect to any location and watch matches as if you were sitting at your favorite pub or internet cafe. That way, you can enjoy the specific coverage you want to see.
As we mentioned earlier, football is the most popular sport in the world. There are more than 250 million players in more than 200 countries. Ancient Greeks played a version of the game prior to 400 BC. Writers from English literature mention more modern versions of the game in the 12th century. Back then, competitors primarily played during major religious festivals like Christmas and Easter. The earliest reference to the game being called football goes back to 1314. It is clear to see why the sport has become so popular in almost all of the major countries in the world. As you can see, the English influence in the sport produces many fans.
Now, we’ll take a quick look at the stations that will televise the matches.
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports||Yes||English|
|United States||NBC Sports Network||Yes||English|
|NBC Sports Gold||Yes||English|
|Middle East||beIN Sports||Yes||Arabic, English, French|
Remember, if you don’t have access to one of the options above or you are traveling, you can sign up for one of the stand-alone streaming services to gain access. There are several that will work just fine. No matter where you are, you will need a VPN to watch your favorite coverage or sign up for it. Let’s take a look at some of the VPN options you can use.
IPVanish has fast and very stable servers in London and Manchester. That means you can expect a fast and reliable service. You may also notice that they have more servers in those two cities than just about any service, so server crowding won’t be a problem. IPVanish hosts servers in London, Manchester, Nottingham, and Glasgow. Given those reasons, they take the top spot for usage in the region.
|60||89||1,000||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2||$7.50||$58.49||7 day|
As well as quite a bit of coverage in the UK, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network is usually the fastest VPN in North America and Europe when we perform our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and several in the UK. You can select a location or an individual server from the drop-down menu.
IPVanish hosts more than 75 servers spread throughout the UK and you can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example, you would look for one labeled similarly to lon-a01.ipvanish.com. In most cases, you will notice that the “a” servers are the fastest. We tested IPVanish servers in London and Manchester and found the speed to be quite fast. They offer great numbers even when testing from the United States.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month. A 7-day money back guarantee will cover you as a new member.
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to help unblock access to some great geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website.
|90||148||2,000||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP||$12.95||$99.95||30 day|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA and Canada, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. You may find that issue with the cities we mentioned. Simply select the “All” tab, and open whatever country you want to connect to. As an example, if you wanted to watch the matches in Canada, you would need to connect to a server in Canada.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
|60||80||2960||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec||$11.99||$49.50||45 day|
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or others. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect Wi-Fi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
In this case, we decided to test servers in London and Manchester. You would start by clicking on the “Choose My Server” option. From there, you can expand any country and select a specific server. The CyberGhost network includes a number of servers in London in Manchester. When we connected to them to test their performance and the results were as expected.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $2.75 a month during their current promotion.
NordVPN is based in Panama which some users prefer to using a VPN company that’s actually headquartered in the United States. You will find that NordVPN has a strong presence in the US and UK with servers located throughout the country. Members have full access to their network in the USA and beyond for a very good price.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|61||80||Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC|
You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to a longer term account. All users have full access to their network and custom software. You can connect using the VPN client for Windows or Mac. They also have an easy-to-use mobile app for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
Depending on where you want to watch the EPL coverage, you will want to connect to a server located in that country. Unfortunately, the client does not show the city of the server. That said, they have provided us with the server numbers for NYC (since you can watch US coverage). You will want to connect to one of the following servers to use this option: 20, 24, 327-330, 373-376, 413-414, 435-438, 475-478, 657-664, 722-729, 801-808, 844-847, 916-919. The easiest way to select a specific server number is to select the “Servers” tab in the app and then sort the results in alphabetical order. You can then scroll down and select any of the server numbers we have listed above. You can see the load time percentage and the distance to each server. We tested the United States server in New York City to test a streaming service and found the performance to be 128.88 Mbps.
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world? If so NordVPN is a great choice. They are one of the only VPN services that can still unblock Netflix. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and SmartDNS service from just $2.75 a month with a 3-year membership.
As a user, Private Internet Access (PIA) provides you with several different options. Previously, you had to set up a profile for each VPN server. Now, connecting to any server in their 30 location countries is easy. As you can see below, the PIA team has organized their servers by region, country, and city. The server locations are listed in alphabetical order by country. Once you select a location, you can connect easily to locations in London, Manchester, Southampton, and Glasgow.
|30||47||3282||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP||$6.45||$59.95||7 day|
There are a lot of torrent users who love Private Internet Access. The service includes a feature that will stop your system from communicating if the connection to their service drops. Meaning if your encrypted VPN access is dropped for any reason it will keep you safe.
PIA offers a Windows client and other apps that are simple and easy to use. However, you won’t want to underestimate it. PIA offers different levels of privacy protection depending on your needs. You can control encryption levels to help you find the right balance between privacy and speed. As you can see, our speed test showed that PIA performs well in London, Manchester, and Southampton.
When it comes to their Windows client the PIA team has included an Internet kill switch. The kill switch will kill your Internet connection anytime the VPN fails. That can really come in handy for those wanting to ensure anonymity in London. Private Internet Access offers VPN from just $2.50 a month.
How to Use a VPN to Watch the EPL Live
To start out, we will use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to watch the English Premier League. First, you’ll want to download the VPN client. ExpressVPN offers client software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mobile users can download apps for iOS and Android. You can even use the ExpressVPN router app to secure every device on your network. It will send all your communications through the VPN which extends support to devices like game consoles and streaming boxes. They even have an app for Amazon Fire TV devices.
Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software, it’s time to connect. Launch the ExpressVPN client and select a server location. For this demonstration, we’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client. You can also watch on your favorite mobile or streaming device.
- ExpressVPN has a large network of servers all over the world. Select a country in which you want to watch coverage. Some popular choices include US, UK, and Germany.
- We recommend you select OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use OpenVPN (UDP) because it’s faster than TCP. They also support PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP. We still recommend OpenVPN UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- Click the big round connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the shield around the button turn green. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is ON”
- You now have an IP address in the USA, as far as anyone can tell online. As such, you can reach any site as if you were sitting there. The same would be true if you connected to a server in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
- Now, you will use the credentials from your cable/satellite/streaming subscription account to log into the website you want to use to watch the matches.
It is just that easy to do. Now that you have an IP address from an ExpressVPN server in the US, you can browse the internet or watch the English Premier League as if you were actually there. The same is true from any country, so you can connect to the UK for British coverage.
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