The Premier League, better known outside of England as the English Premier League or EPL, is just about to begin. The season will kick off on Saturday, September 12th with the first match played between Fulham and Arsenal. There will also be additional games on Sunday and Monday. Brighton will close out Matchday 1 as they go up against Chelsea. You can watch every match from anywhere in the world by using a VPN service. That will help you get around any geo-restrictions.
How to use a VPN to watch Premier League matches live
We will use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to watch the English Premier League
- First, you will want to choose a VPN app for your device. ExpressVPN offers free versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mobile users can download apps for iOS and Android.
- Once you select a client, go ahead and launch the app.
- 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 IKEc2 for the fastest connection. You can also try OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use IKEv2 because it’s faster than OpenVPN.
- 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 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.
Premier League broadcasts
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can watch the matches online.
- Sling TV – American website that gives you access to access to the NBC, ESPN, and BeIN Sports without a cable or satellite subscription. It requires a subscription to watch, and to sign up and enjoy, you need to be in the US, or be connected to a US server. If you haven’t tried it yet then you can sign up for a 7 day free trial.
- NowTV – UK website that will allow you to purchase a Premier League pass. The pass comes in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month time periods. To watch, you need a subscription and you need to sign up and watch from the UK, or be connected to a UK server.
- Star Sports – Indian website that streams the games for free. To watch matches on the site, you need to be in India (we connected to a server in India and it worked well).
- NBC Sports – If you are from the US, or you have access to a US cable or satellite subscription, you can enjoy the matches as long as you sign in and are connected to a server in the US.
- beIN Sports – Though this channel is sold in packages and streaming services like Sling TV, you can enjoy the matches as long as you connect to a server in North Africa or the Middle East (we connected to servers in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and both worked). The broadcast may be in Arabic, but it works for watching the games.
Fun facts about the EPL
Football (Soccer for Americans) has been a favorite sport in the UK and Europe for quite some time. It has also been one of the most watched sports, especially when the Premier League season starts. Everyone seems to have the team they love, and much of the time team loyalty is based on where they are from. However, some teams go beyond just having a local following. Probably the most well-known football team in the world is Manchester United. Unfortunately, part of the reason they are so well known is because of the Munich Air Disaster of 1958.
Much of the world rallied behind Manchester United when more than half of their players were killed in a plane crash. Though the pilot was initially blamed for the air disaster, he was cleared of wrongdoing 10 years later. The official cause of the plane crash was the slush on the runway in Munich, Germany slowed the plane down too much when it tried to take off. Though many people may not have been Man U fans prior to the crash, it was hard not to rally behind the team after. Football fans around the globe showed their support for the team. The other team in Manchester, the Manchester City Football Club, has made a good showing in the Premier League. They are one of the teams to win more than once in the last 20 years.
Though Manchester City Football Club is a strong competitor this year, there have been a few other teams to excel in the Premier League. One of the favorite rivalries is between the Chelsea Football Club and the Arsenal Football Club. These two football teams are well-known and well-funded. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United hold most of the championship titles in the last 20 years. With these great teams all in contention to win this year, you can count on the rivalries being very intense.
Much to the delight of American soccer fans, the Premier League has received more attention in the last few years. NBC started showing Premier League games in 2013. Since then, they have paid more than $1 billion dollars to retain the rights until the 2021-2022 football season. Now, residents of the United States can watch their favorite UK teams play against each other for quite a while longer. It also gives British expats the ability to watch and enjoy a taste of home. If the Premier League is still doing well in the US by the end of the contract, it will likely get renewed again.
Watch your favorite teams compete in the Premier League on a host of channels around the world by using a VPN service. VPN providers like ExpressVPN and NordVPN host servers in countries around the world. Connect to any location and watch matches as if you were sitting at a local coffee shop or sports bar. Open up the channels in that region that would otherwise be blocked.