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What you need to know about streaming Euro 2021 for free


After a year or so of bated breaths, the world’s favorite football competition, the EUROs 2021, will kick off on June 11.

After COVID-19 placed the competition on the backbench for 2020, football fans despaired. But the tournament is due to run soon, and it’s exactly the kind of pandemic entertainment we need!

European travel restrictions mean watching live games is off the cards for most people. Although, a few die-hard England fans will pack Wembley for the semi-finals and final no doubt.

For most of us, keeping up with gameplay will be a matter of switching on our screens. You can either pay for a sports streaming service or stream games with a VPN.

Here’s what you need to do if you want to take the free football route:

Step 1: Download a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and it’s no different with Virtual Private Networks. You’ll want to choose a top-quality, paid service for two main reasons. Firstly, a good VPN won’t mess with your streaming capabilities by chewing through your bandwidth and disrupting the stream. Secondly, quality VPNs offer more server location choices, so you can stream TV from more places.

Step 2: Know Which TV Channels Stream Which Games

Here’s the hardest part about streaming free football, and it’s still relatively easy. Find out which European TV channels will stream the games on your to-watch. As you research, make a list so you have a reference for later.

While paid streaming services will top the search engine results, keep looking further down the page for the free on-demand TV channels. The following services will all stream some EURO 2021 matches:

  • UK — BBC and ITV
  • France — M6, and TFI
  • Germany — ZDF, and ARD
  • Italy — RAI

Step 3: Make Accounts

To access these free, on-demand channels, you’ll need to set up an account. To skirt geo-location blocking and do this, change your VPN’s server location to the channel’s country of origin. For example, to make an account for RAI in Italy, you’ll need to first be in Italy (virtually, of course). Note that for some channels, you may need to download a dedicated app.

Step 4: Kick-Off!

Before the match starts, open your VPN and set it to the server location you need. Next, open the channel’s app or web page, then sign in and kick back for kick-off!