Best Free Ways To Watch Major League Soccer (MLS) Anywhere
|How To Watch Major League Soccer (MLS) Anywhere In The World For FREE. Photo: KnowInsiders.com|
Nothing makes sports fans happier than watching their favorite teams compete. It doesn't matter if they've played the sport before. It's about rooting for the players and teams that fans identify with. MLS is no different. Unfortunately, MLS matches can only be viewed on certain platforms or cable channels.
These streaming services and cable networks are only available in the United States, Canada, and a few other countries, preventing viewers in other countries from accessing them. Because of distribution rights, licensing agreements, and copyright regulations, this is the case. If you try to watch MLS games online from outside the United States or Canada, you will receive an error message stating that the service is unavailable.
How to Watch MLS Online With Cable
This season, the simplest way to watch free MLS games is to use an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to catch all games airing on FOX. But first, enter your zip code into the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Reception Map Tool to see if a FOX affiliate is within range of your home.
If you live near a FOX station, you can use any antenna with a wide enough range to pick up the channel. The Mohu Leaf 50 ($47.99 on Amazon*) is our pick because it can receive signals from broadcast towers up to 60 miles away. It's also 4K-ready and has a slim design that's simple to install in your home.
Besides FOX, local channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC air professional soccer games. ABC occasionally airs Bundesliga and La Liga matches, CBS has some UEFA Champions League and NWSL coverage, and NBC typically airs a Premier League game once a week. So, keep an eye out for those channels when you use the Reception Map Tool.
How to Watch MLS Online Without Cable
MLS signed a 10-year streaming agreement with Apple TV this year, leaving its previous broadcaster, ESPN. Every game will be shown on Apple TV's new MLS Season Pass app, a large portion of games will be shown on Apple TV (without the add-on MLS Season Pass app), and approximately one game per week will be available on cable and satellite TV via FOX or FS1.
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Watch MLS with MLS Season Pass
This season's MLS Season Pass includes access to all MLS games. If you're looking for traditional MLS channels, FOX and FS1 air select games in the United States, with Fox Deportes airing Spanish-language simulcasts.
For easy comparison, here's a list of MLS channels and their regular-season game counts:
-Season Pass for Major League Soccer (493 games)
-FOX (15 games) (15 games)
-FS1 (19 games) (19 games)
-Fox Deportes (34 Spanish-language games)
TSN and RDS will broadcast select regular-season and playoff games in Canada, including the MLS Cup Final. League Cup Group Stage and Round of 32 matches will also be broadcast on the two channels.
FOX Sports networks such as FOX and FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will continue to broadcast select MLS games. However, unlike in previous years, matches will not be broadcast on ESPN and Univision channels, implying that fewer games will be broadcast on traditional cable networks.
We've outlined everything you need to know about watching MLS games this season before you bicycle kick your remote out the window. Continue reading for more information, including channel listings and important dates.
How to Watch MLS Online Anywhere In The World
Watch MLS online in Canada
MLS games are broadcast on RDS and TSN in Canada. The matches are also available on TSN GO.
If you have any connection issues, you can always watch MLS using the MLS Season Pass, which you can purchase through Apple TV+. If you live outside of Canada's major broadcast cities, you will need to use a VPN. Here's how it's done:
Select a VPN with servers in the United States or major Canadian cities such as Toronto.
Install the VPN software or application.
Connect to a server in the United States or Canada.
Get an MLS Season Pass from Apple TV+ and look for the match schedule.
Watch MLS online in the US
In the United States, you should have no trouble watching MLS games online. You will, however, require access to a streaming service or a cable channel that broadcasts the games. This is best accomplished with an MLS Season Pass via Apple TV+. You can, however, watch live games on fuboTV, Sling TV, or Hulu + Live TV.
Watch MLS online in the UK
Sky Sports broadcasts MLS games in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, you will be unable to view all games. Use a reputable VPN to watch MLS online to ensure you don't miss anything. Here are the steps you should take:
Sign up for a VPN service that has servers in the United States.
Install the software or app for your VPN.
Connect to a United States-based server.
Get an MLS Season Pass from Apple TV+ and look for the season's schedule. You can also look into fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, or Sling TV.
Watch online in Europe
To watch MLS matches online in other European countries, you'll need to connect to a VPN, just like in the UK. The steps are similar, but we've included them again for your convenience:
Select a VPN service that has servers in the United States.
Install the software or app for your VPN.
Connect to a server in the United States.
MLS Season Pass can be purchased through Apple TV+. Look for live or on-demand games from the current season.
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