The 2017/2018 Champions League season is well underway. Bayern Munich vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund are just some of the exciting games as we wrap up the 2017-2018 Champions League group stage. These upcoming matches take place on 5 and 6 December. Let me show you how you can watch this week’s action – and all Champions League games – online!
Watch Champions League Online: When Is It?
This round (match #6) of the Champions League group stages begins on Tuesday 5 December and continues on Wednesday 6 December. This week’s games start at 18:45 UTC, which translates to a 14:45 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on the east coast of the US. Check out this week’s full UEFA Champions League (UCL) schedule below.
While the game of the week looks to be the Group D showdown between Bayern and PSG, there are a number of additional headlines worth tracking. Chief among them will be whether Atletico can defeat Chelsea away and qualify out of group C at AS Roma’s expense.
With these matches being the last of the group stages, this week’s games will have a huge effect on who qualifies for the Round of 16. One thing is for sure – you don’t want to miss any of the UCL action!
How Can I Watch Champions League Online?
There are a couple of ways you can watch Champions League games online. All of the streaming services I mention here involve some sort of subscription, so make sure you check your local TV listings to see if the games are being shown for free.
With Fox owning rights to Champions League games in the US, FoxSoccerMatchPass is the best way to watch Champions League football online. The $19.99 a month price tag might be a bit high, but keep in mind that this will cover all 145 Champions League games, as well as all Bundesliga and Europa League games.
FoxSoccerMatchPass also comes with a seven-day free trial, allowing you to stream a number of games for free! You’ll need to sign up using credit card details, but simply cancel your subscription before the seven days are up to avoid getting charged the $19.99.
The one catch with FoxSoccerMatchPass is that the service is restricted to US residents. Thankfully, those traveling outside of the US can use a VPN to watch FoxSoccerMatchPass.
Sling TV is a popular cord-cutting service that gives access to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. With the Fox Sports channels broadcasting all Champions League games, Sling TV is another excellent way to ensure you don’t miss any of the big matches.
There’s a seven-day free trial available that will let you stream the games for free. Sling TV also enjoys awesome compatibility with a number of devices and platforms, including Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, and iOS.
Unfortunately, Sling TV suffers from the same geo-restrictions as FoxSoccerMatchPass, with the service only available to US residents. Keep reading to see how you can unblock Sling TV from outside the US!
BT Sport – UK Viewers
BT Sport has the broadcasting rights for the Champions League in the UK. BT will be showing Liverpool vs. Spartak Moscow live on Wednesday 6 December. Unfortunately, watching BT Sport online does require a UK cable subscription, which is obviously a pretty big issue for non-UK residents.
If you have a BT Sport subscription and are traveling overseas, you can tune in to watch the games by following the step-by-step instructions below.
Use a VPN to Watch Champions League Football
Unblocking any of the streaming services below requires an active Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to the US or UK (depending on your streaming method). You can read more about VPNs in this handy beginner’s guide. Read my step-by-step instructions on how to use a VPN to unblock these streaming services!
- Select one of the Champions League streaming services I’ve listed above.
- If the streaming service isn’t available in your location, sign up to a VPN. My top recommendation for streaming UCL games is ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN software on your internet-connected device.
- Connect to a VPN server in a country where streaming is allowed (the US for FoxSoccerMatchPass and Sling TV, or the UK for BT Sport).
- Once connected, go to the streaming service you’ve selected and sign up. Once that’s done, you’re all set to start streaming UCL games!
Note: stay connected to the VPN while streaming to avoid any playback issues. You can disconnect from the VPN when you’re done streaming!
2017-2018 Champions League Group Stages: Match #6 Schedule (All Times UTC)
Tuesday 5 December
- Benfica vs. FC Basel: 18:45
- Manchester United vs. CSKA Moscow: 18:45
- Bayern Munich vs. PSG: 18:45
- Celtic vs. Anderlecht: 18:45
- AS Roma vs. FK Qarabag: 18:45
- Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid: 18:45
- Barcelona vs. Sporting CP: 18:45
- Olympiakos vs. Juventus: 18:45
Wednesday 6 December
- Liverpool vs. Spartak Moscow: 18:45
- NK Maribor vs. Sevilla FC: 18:45
- Feyenoord vs. Napoli: 18:45
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester City: 18:45
- FC Porto vs. AS Monaco: 18:45
- RB Leipzig vs. Besiktas: 18:45
- Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund: 18:45
- Tottenham Hotspur vs. Apoel Nicosia: 18:45
The next matches of the 2017-2018 Champions League season will be determined by the Round of 16 draw held on 11 December. The Round of 16 matches will take place on 13-21 February 2018, with the return legs on 6-14 March 2018. Bookmark this page to get the latest streaming information!
IMAGE CREDIT: UEFA Champions League