Soccer fans world over are biting their nails in anticipation of this year’s FIFA Word Cup which will be held in South American football capital, Brazil. The event will be available on demand on live television, online streaming and pretty much any other means you can think of, making it widely available for everyone. However, if you’d prefer to watch the FIFA Word Cup 2014 online, then you will have a few options at your disposal.
Before we discuss more on live streaming options, we should let you know that the best way to stay tuned at what is happening in Brazil is to use the official FIFA app, available for both Android and iOS devices. The app allows users to get up-to-the-minute information on matches, event highlights and the very latest news regarding the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The only downside is that you cannot watch the actual World Cup 2014 matches via the app. Still, if you need to keep up to date on all the events from Brazil, feel free to download the app from the official FIFA website.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2014 Online
We’re almost at the 15-day mark until the start of the 2014 World Cup and from here on out, football fans will start to get restless, especially those who won’t be able to view matches on TV and will have to watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 online. If this is the case, then finding a reliable service to stream matches is of the utmost importance.
ITV Player or BBC Player – If you reside in the United Kingdom, you will have the opportunity to see part of the matches on BBC (preferably at your local pub) or listen to them on BBC Radio, if that’s more your thing. Another way to go about watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup is via the ITV Player. Also, if you fancy watching the World Cup stream on your smartphone or tablet, ITV Player provides mobile apps as well as the dedicated apps for XBOX 360, PlayStation 3 and 4 or Wii. The best part is most of the matches will be aired on Free TV and will also be streamed online.
WatchESPN – If you want to watch FIFA 2014 live online in the US, you can do so with the help of the ESPNPlayer. The network has announced in a press release that it will provide full coverage of the Brazil World Cup 2014 soccer on a wide variety of devices, including live TV, online streaming via their player, as well with the help of the dedicated apps for Android, iOS, XBOX, Apple TV or Roku. In addition, ESPN has also announced a new app, ESPN FC, which will provide up to date information, news and commentaries. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices. Please note that ESPN is a cable TV channel and you need cable subscription to access the live streams, but some matches will be streamed on free-to-air channel, ABC.
Sony LIV – If you are in India, Sony Liv has the digital rights for the Fifa World cup and will be live streaming the matches online. Just visit their website and register for free to get started. It costs just Rs.120 (~$2) to access live streaming of all FIFA 2014 matches. Alternatively keep a tab on there YouTube channel as well. If you prefer watching on your smartphone or tablet, LivSport has apps for iOS and Android, and costs the same (Rs.120) to unlock live streaming of all matches.
In Australia, SBS has obtained the rights to stream all the 64 matches on its The World Game Web site. The network has also launched The World Game apps that will render live mobile streams to iOS and Android Users. Canadian viewers can go to CBC’s Web site to view live FIFA World Cup 2014 matches. Matches can be watched online on CBC.ca’s Web site. Also the network hosts special smartphone apps for iOS and Android users.
Your local Online TV Web Streams – Depending on what country you reside in, one or more networks will be broadcasting the matches and with some luck, there will be live streams on their websites. If you don’t have access to a TV, you will be able to watch the World Cup 2014 online via their websites. Be sure to check if they provide this option. To see which networks will broadcast the 2014 World Cup, do take a look over this page and see if you can watch the FIFA World Cup online on their website.
Other services will surely pop up within the next two weeks which will stream FIFA World Cup 2014 matches, and it would be a good idea to keep an eye out on the most likely candidates, or on services which have provided this feature in the past. Also, websites like wiziwig, SportLemon, atdhe.eu and firstrow claim to stream all the matches, but until the event starts, you won’t be sure if their claims are legitimate or just empty promises. Meanwhile, be sure to check services like Univision, Eurosport or BBC iPlayer.
In the worst case scenario, where not a single streaming service is available in your region, a workaround would be to use a VPN service or a Proxy to mask your IP and access one of the working services. You can find a wide selection of free VPN services here or you can check out our list of innovative ways to access blocked websites and see if any of the provided solutions can help in your situation. As we mentioned before, getting a UK VPN is the best option as they’re sure to get free live streaming.
Be sure to check in again as we will be updating the list with more sources where you can watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 online.