How to watch the World Snooker Championship final: live stream for free

Live stream Snooker World Championship final featuring John Higgins and Mark Williams
Snooker World Championships 2018 - where and when

The Snooker World Championship is back at its traditional home - The Crucible in Sheffield, UK.

The action's been running since April 21, but we've finally reached the final weekend, where John Higgins and Mark Williams will do battle over the course of two days.

Well, we think it's fair to say that it's not the final that anybody was expecting, but this year's World Snooker Championship finale will be battled out between two grizzled old competitors. Mark Williams and John Higgins have been here before, with six titles between them - but both will be determined to take the trophy home to their respective corners of the UK.

The Welsh Williams has snuck into a small lead after the first day of the final. He, at 43, could be the oldest winner of the World Snooker Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon took the title 40 years ago. 

But the Scot Higgins is a four time previous winner and one of the best ever players to pick up a cue. Only a fool would count him out as we reach the climax. You can find out who makes it first to 18 frames with our guide on how to live stream all the snooker on the final day.

Selby's been shocked. Ronnie's been rocked. Trump's been dumped and Ding's been binned. It's been a tournament full of unexpected twists and turns, with the 32 players competing for the staggering £425,000 (about $600,00, AU$800,00) prize whittled down to the last two. And you can watch it all to see who bags the winnings - and the glory.

Getting a live stream of the 2018 World Snooker Championship is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory. And even if you live outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to stream the snooker from wherever you are in the world. All you have to decide is who you're cheering for - the Wizard of Wishaw or the Welsh Potting Machine?

How to watch the Snooker World Championships for free: UK stream

The BBC goes all out with its coverage of the national treasure that is the Snooker World Championships. So if you're in the UK and you have a TV license, then you can catch it on BBC Two for the live broadcast and a nightly highlights show.

If you're not in front of a television, then the iPlayer or BBC Sport app is the way to go for uninterrupted action and your pick of what to watch.

The other way to watch the BBC online is to go via TVPlayer.com, which doesn't require any sign ins and hosts all of the UK's free-to-air channels without having to worry about hopping around from site to site or app to app. Easy as a straight red into the corner pocket.

Live stream the Snooker World Championship on Facebook

If you don’t happen to live in the UK, don’t worry as the 2018 World Snooker Championship is again being broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world for free on Facebook. The list of countries included features the US, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Colombia and more from the Americas and Asia.

All you need is a Facebook login to watch the live action, with your choice of which table to watch at any one time. Head on over to the World Snooker Facebook page to watch.

Stream the Snooker World Championships anywhere else in the world for free 

If you're neither in the UK or in one of the countries showing it on Facebook (or, shock horror, not registered to Facebook), then there's still an easy way to watch.

Simply download and install a VPN to change your IP address to one in the UK and head over to TVPlayer.com. Great news if no local broadcaster is showing it or you're just partial to the commentators (Davis, Virgo, Thorne!) featured by the BBC. Here's how to stream the snooker with a VPN:

1. Download and install a VPN
If you don't have easy access to watch the World Snooker Championship online in your country, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:

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2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose UK to stream the World Snooker Championship 2018 using the link below.

3. Go to TVPlayer.com

The TVPlayer service is a free, legal way to stream the snooker live. Among the channels on offer is the BBC, which broadcasts the live stream of the main matches, plus a nightly highlight show.

And if you'd prefer to watch the snooker in your own time, TVPlayer will also allow you to do that too. You'll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payment is required.

Where can I watch the Snooker World Championships using a VPN?

A VPN will enable you to watch the snooker from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: Thailand, China, Belgium, Hong Kong, Australia, France, the United States, Spain, Japan, Italy, Poland, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Ireland, Austria, Thailand, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, Argentina, Singapore, Turkey and more!

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