The UEFA Europa League is a cup competition contested by European football clubs. The competition is open to any club that qualifies, from the top four leagues in Europe. It begins with a group stage, contested by 48 teams. 32 teams progress from the group stage to the knockout phase, where they are paired against each other in a two-legged tie. The winner of each tie progresses to the next round until they play the final at a neutral venue. This year it started on September 15th-16th, 2021, with the final games of the group stage to be played on December 9th, 2021. The final game for the championship will take place on May 18th, 2022. There is a massive amount of coverage for the league, but if you are traveling or want specific coverage, you’ll need to connect to a VPN to watch the games.
How to watch the UEFA Europa League from anywhere
As we mentioned, there is a lot of coverage for this tournament. However, we will use the US for demonstration purposes.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN (includes a 30 day risk-free money-back guarantee).
- Download and install the ExpressVPN app on your device.
- Connect to a VPN server in the US to get coverage.
- Login with your credentials on CBS.com, Paramount+, or one of the otherexternal streaming sites and then log in.
- Enjoy the live streaming access to the UEFA Europa League matches.
Because of the various agreements, a staggering 88 different providers offer coverage. While that means you can find it almost anywhere, traveling can be an issue. That’s because subscription-based services make up a majority (if not all) of the coverage. If you want to use your coverage while traveling abroad, connecting to a VPN is the only way to ensure you get to watch your favorite coverage.
Now, let’s take a quick look at some of the best countries to watch coverage in (assuming you have the credentials).
- UK – BT Sport
- Germany – RTL
- France – Canal+,M6, RMC Sport
- Netherlands – ESPN, Talpa TV
- Japan – Wowow
- US – CBS, Paramount+, Univision
- Italy – DAZN, Sky Sport
- Ireland – Virgin Media
- Canada – DAZN
- Mexico – ESPN, Fox Sports
Again, the list above is not the full list, so we suggest you check your local listings wherever you are.
Brief tournament history
The Europa League was founded in 1971. Though it stands on its’ own merit, it also is the gateway for the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Championships League. It has been won by 29 different clubs over its’ lifetime, with the most successful team being Sevilla from Spain with 6 championships. The next closest teams are Inter Milan, Liverpool, Juventus, and Atlético Madrid, all with 3 wins. Winners of the tournament receive the UEFA cup.
Despite its age, some of the traditions associated with the competition are newer. For example, since 2009, it is a tradition that the Europa League anthem is to be played before every match. The league created the most recent version of the anthem for the 2015-2016 tournament, and they have used the same one ever since. No matter what your favorite tradition is, though, you don’t want to miss out on the 51st Europa League tournament. You don’t have to, as long as you connect to a VPN.