Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras are the star attractions at the 17th edition of the Club World Cup, which pits the winners of five continental competitions - and host nation Qatar's Al-Duhail - against each other, in order to crown one football club the best in the world. Read on to find out how to watch FIFA Club World Cup and live stream every fixture online, no matter where you are in the world today.
Auckland City were supposed to be the seventh club in contention, but the Navy Blues withdrew because of the pandemic, which incidentally also pushed the tournament back from its usual December slot.
By some happy quirk of fate, two of the teams in contention for the Club World Cup have the same nickname and near-identical crests. Tigres UANL - who sport one of the finest jerseys in world football - are representing Mexico, while AFC Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai are flying the flag for South Korea. Egypt's Al Ahly complete the lineup.
The games are being played at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, both venues having been purpose-built for next year’s World Cup. European teams have traditionally dominated this competition, winning 12 of the 16 Club World Cups that have been played so far, and it's hard to look past Hansi Flick's Bundesliga goliaths, who are on the hunt for their sixth trophy in the last 12 months.
Flick has taken his full spectrum of superstars to Qatar, including Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, so don't a second of the action. Here's how to watch a FIFA Club World Cup live stream and catch every game on wherever you are in the world.
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How to watch FIFA Club World Cup football from outside your country
If you're out of the country during the Club World Cup, you'll likely find you're unable to access your usual football coverage like you would at home. This isn't necessarily cause for alarm, but rather the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to certain parts of the world.
Fortunately, there's a convenient way around this in the form of a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. This is a nifty bit of software that lets you re-position your device of choice to a location of your choosing, thereby allowing you to globe trot and still access your preferred FIFA Club World Cup live stream. It's a completely legal workaround, very affordable, and super easy to use - allow us to explain more.
Use a VPN to watch a Club World Cup live stream from anywhere
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How to watch FIFA Club World Cup: FREE UK live stream
The BBC provided coverage of last year's tournament, which Liverpool won. And while no British participation this year means no high-profile linear TV coverage (though you'll get Red Button access for some of the bigger matches), the UK national broadcaster is still the place to watch Club World Cup matches FREE online with iPlayer!
From the opening Tigres vs Ulsan game to the final later this month, anyone located in the UK can get a 100% free Club World Cup live stream using iPlayer or the BBC Sport website. Registration can be completed in a matter of moments (note you should be in possession of a valid UK TV license for digital services) and minimal personal details are required to protect your privacy.
After that, you'll have access to BBC coverage of every Club World Cup game available through your web browser and also via app for smartphones, tablets, consoles, set-top boxes, Smart TVs, streaming sticks, and more.
If you're determined to tune in, your best bet is to use a VPN to try to connect to a different country's Club World Cup coverage.
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How to watch the FIFA Club World Cup: live stream soccer in the US without cable
Fox Sports has the rights to this season's FIFA Club World Cup in the US, and you can watch all of the games on its various channels - check your local TV listings for details.
Kick-off times vary, but the earliest game is scheduled for a 9am ET/6am PT start, and the latest is set to begin at 1pm ET/10am PT.
If you don't have cable, you'll need to consider getting your live sports action via an over-the-top streaming service. Of the many that are available, we reckon the best solution for most soccer fans is FuboTV, as it includes Fox Sports and offers a FREE 1-week trial, after which plans start from $64.99 a month for a complete cable replacement service with over 120 channels...in its entry-level package!
Remember, whichever service you trial or choose, you can take your favorite sports streaming coverage with you wherever you are with the help of a good VPN.
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How to watch Club World Cup: live stream FIFA soccer online in Canada
In Canada, coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup is being provided by TSN. As in the US, the earliest kick-off is set for 9am ET/6am PT, and the latest start for a game will be 1pm ET/10am PT.
If you get TSN as part of your cable deal, then you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a FIFA Club World Cup soccer live stream.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
Take your favorite streams with you wherever you go - just grab a quality VPN and follow the instructions above.
How to watch the FIFA Club World Cup 2021: live stream soccer in Australia
Optus Sports is the place to watch the FIFA Club World Cup Down Under.
You can stream Optus Sport coverage via your mobile, PC or tablet, and can also access the service on Fetch TV, Chromecast or Apple TV.
Anyone who isn't already signed up to the Optus network can also take advantage of monthly subscriptions to Optus Sport and watch all the games live. The service is available for AUS$15 per month and can be accessed via Google Play or the App Store.
If you're outside Australia and want to tune in to Optus Sport, you can use one of the best VPNs and watch the coverage from another nation.
How to watch a FIFA Club World Cup live stream in New Zealand
FIFA Club World Cup coverage in New Zealand is provided by Sky Sport, which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages.
Anyone in New Zealand from abroad of vice-versa can use the VPN route outlined earlier to access their service of choice just like they would at home.
FIFA Club World Cup format
Round 1 was supposed to be contested by Al-Duhail and Auckland City, but the Qatari team was awarded a bye to Round 2 because of Auckland's withdrawal.
Tigres meet Ulsan Hyundai, and Al Ahly face Al-Duhail in Round 2, with the winners going on to play either Palmeiras or Bayern Munich - who qualify for the semi-finals automatically by means of being the top-seeded teams in the competition - for a place in the final.
FIFA Club World Cup schedule
All times GMT (UK time).
ROUND 1 - Monday, February 1
Al-Duhail vs Auckland City (Auckland City withdraw from tournament)
ROUND 2 - Thursday, February 4
- UANL Tigres vs Ulsan Hyundai, 2pm
- Al-Duhail vs Al Ahly, 5.30pm
5TH PLACE PLAYOFF - Sunday, February 7
- Loser Match 2 vs Loser Match 3, 3pm
SEMI-FINAL 1 - Sunday, February 7
- Palmeiras vs Winner Match 2, 6pm
SEMI-FINAL 2 - Monday, February 8
- Bayern Munich vs Winner Match 3, 6pm
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF - Thursday, February 11
- Loser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 2, 3pm
FINAL - Thursday, February 11
- Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2, 6pm
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