The 2017/2018 Champions League season is officially underway. Manchester City vs. Napoli, Real Madrid vs. Tottenham, and Chelsea vs. Roma are just some of the exciting games in the upcoming Champions League group stage games, which kick off on 17 October. 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 #3) of the Champions League group stages begins on Tuesday 17 October and continues on Wednesday 18 October. 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. The one exception will be FK Qarabag vs. Atletico Madrid, which starts at 16:00 UTC in Azerbaijan. Check out this week’s full UEFA Champions League (UCL) schedule below.
While the game of the week definitely seems to be the Group F showdown between Manchester City and Napoli, there are a number of additional headlines worth tracking. Real Madrid looks to continue the scorching start to its Champions League campaign with a big match against Tottenham Hotspur.
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.
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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 games.
There is 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. It will be showing Manchester City vs. Napoli live on Tuesday 17 October. 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.
Can I Watch Champions League Games for Free?
If you don’t fancy paying anything to watch your favorite UCL games, you can look around for alternative (and mostly illegal) streams.
While streaming UCL games for free sounds nice on paper, getting caught using these illegal streams isn’t. Using a VPN while you stream gives you increased protection against your Internet Service Provider (ISP) tracking your activity.
Check out the official /r/soccerstreams subreddit for more information on these free football streams.
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!
Note: stay connected to the VPN while streaming to avoid any playback issues. You can disconnect from the VPN when you are done streaming!
2017-2018 Champions League Group Stages: Match #3 Schedule (All Times UTC)
Tuesday 17 October
- Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur 18:45
- Manchester City vs. Napoli 18:45
- Maribor vs. Liverpool 18:45
- Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla 18:45
- AS Monaco vs. Besiktas 18:45
- RB Leipzig vs. FC Porto 18:45
- Apoel Nicosia vs. Borussia Dortmund 18:45
- Feyenoord Rotterdam vs. Shakhtar Donetskk 18:45
Wednesday 18 October
- FK Qarabag vs. Atletico Madrid 16:00
- Benfica vs. Manchester United
- CSKA Moscow vs. FC Basel 18:45
- Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint Germain 18:45
- Bayern Munich vs. Celtic 18:45
- Chelsea vs. Roma 18:45
- Barcelona vs. Olympiakos 18:45
- Juventus vs. Sporting CP 18:45
The next matches of the UCL group stages take place on Tuesday 31 October. They will feature the return matches of this week’s games. Bookmark this page to get the latest streaming information for the games!
IMAGE CREDIT: UEFA Champions League