The Champions League Round of 16 is underway with some exciting games – let me show you how you can watch the games online!
The second leg begins on Tuesday, March 7 with games being played on Wednesday the 8th as well as the following week on March 14 and 15. Can Arsenal and Barcelona battle back from four-goal defeats? Will Man City-Monaco be a repeat firecracker match?
While I can’t answer these questions yet, one thing is for sure – you don’t want to miss any of the games!
How Can I Watch?
There are a couple of ways you can watch the Champions League Round of 16 online. All of the services I mention here involve streaming the games online, so make sure to check your local TV listings to see if the games are being shown for free.
Fox Soccer 2Go
With Fox owning rights to Champions League games, Fox Soccer 2Go is the best way to catch all 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 Champions League football and other tournaments as well.
Fox Soccer 2Go allows you to stream directly in the browser on your desktop, with further iOS and Android support available through free apps.
The one catch with Fox Soccer 2Go is that it is restricted to US residents. Thankfully, those currently outside of the US can also watch Fox Soccer 2Go by using a VPN. More on that below!
Sling TV is a popular cord-cutting service that gives access to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. With all Champions League games being broadcast on these Fox Sports channels, Sling TV is another excellent way to catch all the action online.
There is a seven-day free trial available that should let you stream the games for free! Sling TV also enjoys awesome compatibility with a number of devices, with Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, and iOS all supported.
Unfortunately, Sling TV suffers from the same geo-restrictions as Fox Soccer 2Go, with the service only available to US residents.
BT Sport has the broadcasting rights for the Champions League in the UK. Unfortunately, watching BT Sport online also requires a UK subscription, which is an issue for non-UK residents.
If you do have a BT Sport subscription and are traveling overseas, you can tune in to watch the games, simply by following the instructions below.
Alternative Streaming Methods
If you don’t fancy paying anything to watch your favorite UCL games, you can look around for some alternative (and mostly illegal) streams.
While streaming these 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 ISP tracking your activity.
Check out the official /r/soccerstreams subreddit for more information on these methods.
Using a VPN to Watch Champions League Football
Unblocking any of the services above requires an active VPN connection to the US or UK (depending on your streaming method). Read my step-by-step instructions on how to unblock these streaming services using a VPN!
- Choose from our best VPNs for Sports or sign up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN software on your internet-connected device.
- Connect to a VPN server that is in a country where streaming is allowed (the US for Fox Soccer 2Go and Sling TV, the UK for BT Sport).
- Once connected, go to the streaming service you’ve selected and sign up. Once completed, you are 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 Champions League Round of 16: Full Schedule
First Leg Results
Current Goal Scoring Leaders
- Lionel Messi – ten goals – 540 minutes played
- Edinson Cavani – seven goals – 629 minutes played
- Robert Lewandowski – six goals – 616 minutes played
- Karim Benzema – five goals – 498 minutes played
- Sergio Aguero – five goals – 451 minutes played
Those taking part in the Round of 16 will have one eye on the quarter-finals in the next round of the tournament.
Winners of their respective match-ups will take part in a quarter-final draw (to be held on 17 March), with the first leg of the quarter-final kicking off on 10 April.
Quarter-final winners advance to the semi-finals starting on 1 May, with the Champion’s League Final itself taking place on 3 June in Cardiff, Wales.
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