Spanish football's giants have a lot to prove in 2020/21 and, naturally, there'll be plenty of critical eyes on La Liga. Europa League masters Sevilla aside, the reputation of Spain's top clubs took a hit last season in Europe, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all crashed out in disappointing fashion at the quarter-finals stage of the Champions League. With a fascinating season on the cards in Spain, here's how to watch a La Liga live stream online from anywhere in the world.
It marked the first time La Liga had failed to provide a semi-finalist in the competition since 2006/7. This year, of La Liga's Big Three - Barca, Real, and Atletico - both Madrid sides are off to relatively strong domestic starts.
The 2020/21 La Liga season is now under way and is scheduled to finish on Sunday, May 23 in 2021. Full TV and live streaming can be found below, on a country-by-country basis. And with a good VPN in your starting XI, you can ensure you're able to watch your preferred La Liga coverage wherever you are in the world.
Barcelona, on the other hand, still appear to be suffering as a result of the ongoing Lionel Messi saga and have made a dreadful start to the their campaign, earning just seven points from their first five games, including a 3-1 loss to Real in the first El Clasico of the 2020/21 campaign.
Consolation, of sorts, is offered only by the fact that their bitter rivals have been just as dreadful in Europe, where Real have lost to Shakhtar Donetsk and drawn against Gladbach to sit bottom of Group B after two games.
Yet the early struggles of Spain's most famous clubs hints at an exciting La Liga title race, though, which is great news for neutrals and general fans of the beautiful game, as the likes of Villareal, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, and eternally stubborn Atletico Madrid could all emerge as legitimate challengers to the duopoly this year.
Huesca, Cádiz and Elche are this season's new boys, replacing the outgoing Leganés, Mallorca and Espanyol. Read on to discover how to watch a La Liga live stream no matter where you are right now.
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How to watch La Liga from outside your country
Scroll down for all the ways you can watch the 2020/21 La Liga season online in various countries around the world. But first, you should know that if you're abroad, you probably won't be able to tune in like you normally would at home.
This is because of geo-blocking, a digital restriction that means certain streaming services are only accessible in the region they're based in. Don't sweat it, though, as you've got the option of using a VPN to tune to your preferred coverage wherever you are.
It's really easy to do, so don't feel you have to miss out because you finally got to take that well-earned holiday - here's how to get started.
Use a VPN to live stream La Liga from anywhere
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Once you've chosen and installed your VPN of choice, simply open the service's corresponding app, hit 'choose location', select the appropriate country and you'll be able to watch the broadcast as if you were back at home.
How to watch a La Liga live stream in the UK
La Liga TV has the broadcasting rights for Spanish top flight football in the UK. The channel, which is run by Premier Sports, is available on TV from £9.99 a month through both Sky and Virgin Media - but until October 1 it's available for FREE to Sky UK customers.
There's also a streaming-only option available, costing £9.99 for the full works including Premier Sports 1 and 2, LaLiga TV, and Box Nation. Similar to above, you can get La Liga TV on a streaming-only basis for free until September 30 - the following day it'll cost £5.99 a month. You can check out all the various options and subscribe to Premier Sports and La Liga TV here.
Better still, due to the current circumstances, the Saturday blackout rule has been temporarily lifted, meaning you can tune in to Saturday afternoon matches live on La Liga TV.
Out of the UK but want to watch your usual La Liga live stream? Just follow the VPN route as described above and you'll be up and running in no time.
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How to watch a FREE La Liga live stream in the US
International pay-TV sports specialist beIN Sports has the rights to broadcast La Liga Spanish football until 2024 in the US. It's exclusive, too. Subscribing also means you can watch via the beIN Sports Connect app.
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How to watch La Liga: live stream Spanish soccer in Canada
Much like in the US, beIN Sports is where Barcelona, Real Madrid and the rest of La Liga's teams will be shown in Canada. Subscribers can also tune in through the beIN Sports Connect app on mobile.
If you don't want to subscribe to beIN then FuboTV is the exclusive over-the-top provider carrying the streaming service's La Liga soccer coverage.
Of course, if you are outside Canada, you can follow the VPN route above and tune in with a beIN or Fubo login all the same.
How to live stream La Liga soccer in Australia
If you fancy watching top flight Spanish football Down Under, you'll need to be a subscriber to the exclusive broadcaster beIN Sports.
If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.
That said sports streaming specialists Kayo Sports includes beIN in its package. The Basic plan costs just $25 a month and lets you stream on two screens, while Premium is a mere $35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices.
Of the two, Kayo Sports Premium represents the best value as it offers multi-screen support - which means you can effectively split the price of a monthly subscription between friends or family and pay less.
Kayo also lets you watch a load of other great sports and there's even a free 14-day Kayo Sports trial on offer, so you can check it out for yourself without committing a penny, and its app works across PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets, select smart TVs and more,
How to watch La Liga football in New Zealand
From even a cursory glance at the rest of this article, you can probably guess who's showing La Liga football in New Zealand. That's right...our old friends beIN Sports.
Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched via your laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you've taken advantage of the FREE two-week trial.
Who won La Liga last year? 2019/20 season recap
The global Covid-19 sporting shutdown meant La Liga went on hiatus for three months, with Barcelona sitting at the top of the table heading into lockdown. Yet years of decline and over-reliance on one man finally caught up with Barcelona and Josep Maria Bartomeu, the unpopular president at the heart of the Lionel Messi saga, and Real Madrid turned the tide after the restart to win the 2019/20 La Liga season.
Real Madrid's title hopes were written off at numerous points last season, but Zinedine Zidane's side proved to be the best of the elite in the end - solid and unspectacular, maybe...but most importantly, not as badly run as Barcelona.
Real Sociedad's post-lockdown collapse robbed them of a place in the Champions League, but they finished in the Europa League slots alongside Villarreal and Granada, who had a remarkable first campaign in the top flight following their 2019 promotion from Segunda División. The only tragedy was that Getafe lost out.
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