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How to watch Euro 2020 free: live stream 2021 championship online from anywhere

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We had to wait a year for it, but the 2021 UEFA European Championship sure hasn't disappointed as we head into the massive final between Italy and England. We really have no clue who will be crowned this year's champions, but we do know all the ways you can watch a Euro 2020 live stream. The great news is that every single game is available to see absolutely FREE - and we explain how below.

Five years on from Portugal's astounding victory, the battle to crown the continent's soccer champs has truly delivered on all the anticipation. 

Euro 2020 live streams in 2021

UK: BBC/iPlayer and ITV/ITV Hub (free)

France: TF1 (free)

Germany: ARD and ZDF (free)

Spain: Mediaset (free)

Italy: RAI (free)

US: ESPN/ABC (also via Sling TV / FuboTV)

Australia: Optus Sport

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Italy were rampant in the group stage, before almost becoming unstuck by Austria and then impressively seeing off Belgium. They squeezed past the Spanish team on penalties to get to the final with a squad that appears to be at the start of a Roberto Mancini-led dynasty.

Dare we say that England look like the most galvanised team at the tournament? Their 4-0 quarter-final thrashing of Ukraine certainly looked like it, before overcoming a whole lot of demons to vanquish the unlucky Danes in a taut semi-final.

Been bitten by the soccer bug? Here's how to live stream Euro 2020 from anywhere - not forgetting how to watch every game of the 2021 European Championship for FREE. We also have key information on the Euro 2020 teams, fixtures, dates, groups and format.


Euro 2020 fixtures: upcoming schedule

Free UK TV channel listed in brackets

Sunday July 11

Final: Italy vs England - 9pm CET, 8pm BST (BBC/ITV)


How to watch Euro 2020 from outside your country

Scroll down for all the ways you can watch Euro 2020 online in a number of countries around the world. But first, you should know that if you're abroad at any point during the tournament, you probably won't be able to watch the footy 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. 

Use a VPN to live stream Euro 2020 from anywhere

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How to watch a FREE Euro 2020 live stream online in the UK

The great news for football fans based in the UK is that, as ever, you can watch Euro 2020 FREE online for every single game of the tournament!

2021 Euro coverage is being split equally between the BBC and ITV, and both broadcasters will show the final. 

Before that, it's ITV that will get the ratings that come with an England vs Denmark semi-final, with BBC having to 'settle' for that tantalising Italy vs Spain clash.

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up), you can easily get a free Euro 2020 live stream on the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps - just make sure you possess a valid TV license.

Not in the UK for Euro 2020? No worries - residents of the country can just download and install a VPN to port themselves back home to a UK location, then watch live as normal. 

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How to watch a FREE Euro 2020 live stream in the US

ESPN and ABC are providing comprehensive coverage of Euro 2020 in the US. If you have them as part of a cable package, you'll be able to stream games directly through the ESPN website and the ABC website.

Cord-cutters are in luck, too, as you can get both channels without having an expensive cable package. And the best value out there is Sling TV.

Sling will be showing all the matches as ESPN is included as part of its Sling Orange package, and ABC game swill be simulcast on ESPN3 that's also in the deal. Usually, it would cost you $35 a month, but right now Sling TV has a special offer where you get the first month for only $10. An absolute bargain

Another solid option is fuboTV. It's a complete end-to-end cable replacement service, which offers ESPN, ABC and over 120 other channels on plans starting from $64.99 a month - after you take advantage of its FREE FuboTV trial offer, of course.

New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too - all you need is the help of a good VPN.

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How to watch Euro 2020 soccer in Australia

In Australia, there's only one place to tune into Euro 2020, with Optus Sport set to show all 51 matches of the tournament. 

Optus coverage can be streamed via mobile and tablet with the channel's app, while cord-cutters can also access the service on Fetch TV, Chromecast or Apple TV.

And if you leave Oz at any point during the tournament, simply use a VPN to tune in as normal on your Optus account. 

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How to watch Euro 2020: live stream soccer in Canada

Soccer fans with a cable subscription can watch Euro 2020 on TSN and French-language channel TVA Sports.

Better still, these channels will let you watch games online, too - either by registering with details of your pay TV provider, or by signing up for a standalone streaming package.

The TSN Direct streaming service can be had from just $7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month and can be purchased by anyone - regardless of whether you have the channel as part of a pay TV package in the country or not.

Similarly, the TVA Sports Direct service is also perfect for cord-cutting fans in Canada, costing just $19.99 a month. 

And don't forget that using a VPN is the way to get a Euro 2020 live stream if you're away from Canada when the game you want to watch is on.

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How to watch Euro 2020 online in New Zealand

The official broadcaster for Euro 2020 in New Zealand is Sky Sport, which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages. 

Subscribers can watch online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a weekly pass costs just $19.99.

Anyone in New Zealand from abroad or vice-versa can use the VPN route outlined above to access their service of choice just like they would at home.

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How to live stream Euro 2020 football in India

In India, Euro 2020 will be streamed on the SonyLIV (Rs 299 monthly/Rs 999 yearly) as well as Jio TV (free, for Jio users only). 

Cable subscribers can follow the matches on Sony Ten 2 (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary). This time, region language commentaries will also be available, with Sony Six offering Malayalam and Bengali and Sony Ten 4 having Telugu and Tamil. 

Most of the games are scheduled for late evenings at 6.30 pm, 8.30 pm and 12.30 am, so be sure to set your schedules accordingly.

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What is the European Championship?

We're guessing that if you've made it to this article, you probably don't need us to explain it in to much detail.

But what makes it so special is the way that the European Championship always seems to exceed expectations, producing iconic incidents and shocks galore. Think Van Basten's volley in '88, Denmark winning it all after not even qualifying in '92, the dentist chair and Suker's lob in '96, Trezeguet's golden goal in '00, Greece's '04 immortals, David Villa lighting up '08, Iceland humiliating England in '16.

Euro 2020 format: how does it work?

The European Championship was expanded from 16 teams to 24 for Euro 2016, and the same format is in place for Euro 2020. 

The teams are split into six groups of four, which were loosely dictated by each nation's performances in qualifying. 

Each team plays the other teams in its group once, and the top two in each group automatically qualify for the knockout stages. However, of the six teams that finish third in their group standings, the four strongest also go through.

The knockout phase begins with the Round of 16, followed by the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and, eventually, the Euro 2020 Final on Sunday, July 11 2021.

Who has qualified for Euro 2020 and who are the favorites?

Even without the injured Eden Hazard, Belgium are amongst the Euro 2020 favorites. In Kevin de Bruyne they have the best midfielder in the world, and numerous top-class options in every position on the pitch. Is this the year their Golden Generation delivers?

Similar things can be said about reigning Euro champions Portugal, and reigning World Cup champions France. Both nations have an embarrassment of talent at their disposal, beyond the superstar names of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spain, Germany and England should also be considered serious contenders, though all three nations have struggled to get the balance of their team right in the lead-up to the tournament.

Group A

  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Wales

Group B

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Russia

Group C

  • Austria
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Ukraine

Group D

  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Scotland

Group E

  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Group F

  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Portugal

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Where is Euro 2020 being held?

Euro 2020 is the first European Championship to be held at different venues across the continent, rather than one host nation. 

It was a controversial choice that was made before the pandemic, but by some quirk of fate it might pay off, as it could allow fans local to different host cities to attend games without having to travel across borders.

London's Wembley Stadium will host eight games, including both semi-finals and the final. The Euro 2020 venues are as follows:

  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
  • Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
  • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary
  • Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania
  • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Wembley Stadium, London, England

Who won Euro 2016?

Portugal did to France at Euro 2016 what Greece did to Portugal in 2004, shocking the tournament hosts with a 1-0 victory in the final.

Not only were Les Bleus heavily favoured before the game, but Portugal lost their talisman and star player Cristiano Ronaldo to injury in the 25th minute.

France dominated the match but Portugal held on to force extra-time, during which they exploded into life, hitting the crossbar and being denied by Hugo Lloris, before substitute Eder, who had until recently been playing for Swansea, curled a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Five years on from Portugal's astounding victory, the battle to crown the continent's soccer champs will commence again today.

The European Championship is a tournament that always seems to exceed expectations, producing iconic incidents and shocks galore. Think Van Basten's volley in '88, Denmark winning it all after not even qualifying in '92, the dentist chair and Suker's lob in '96, Trezeguet's golden goal in '00, Greece's '04 immortals, David Villa lighting up '08, Iceland humiliating England in '16. 

Five years on from Portugal's astounding victory, the battle to crown the continent's soccer champs will commence again today.

The European Championship is a tournament that always seems to exceed expectations, producing iconic incidents and shocks galore. Think Van Basten's volley in '88, Denmark winning it all after not even qualifying in '92, the dentist chair and Suker's lob in '96, Trezeguet's golden goal in '00, Greece's '04 immortals, David Villa lighting up '08, Iceland humiliating England in '16. 

Free UK TV channel listed in brackets

Friday 2 July

QF1: Switzerland vs Spain - 6pm CET, 5pm BST (ITV)
QF2: Belgium vs Italy - 9pm CET, 8pm BST (BBC)

Saturday 3 July

QF3: Czech Republic vs Denmark - 6pm CET, 5pm BST (ITV)
QF4: England vs Ukraine - 9pm CET, 8pm BST (BBC)

Tuesday 6 July

SF1: Belgium/Italy vs Switzerland/Spain - 9pm CET, 8pm BST

Wednesday 7 July

SF2: England/Ukraine vs Czech Republic/Denmark - 9pm CET, 8pm BST

Sunday 11 July

Final: Winners SF1 vs Winner SF 2 - 9pm CET, 8pm BST (BBC/ITV)