With both teams performing so well, no doubt you’ll want to tune in and watch England v Belgium in their upcoming Group G matchup. The game will be played on June 28 in Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad at 7 PM BST (11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST).
For England and Belgium fans, or anyone else interested in the clash we’ll explain how to watch the action online, live and free. Thankfully, many broadcasters across the globe have rights to show the World Cup matches. Many of them will be live streaming games online and for free. Depending on the source country, you can watch games in a variety of languages.
Even if you’re not located in the source region, you should be able to watch the game in whatever language you want through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This will mask your IP address and enable you to access geo-restricted content. This means you can watch England v Belgium from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else in the world.
In this post, we’ll explain how this works so you can watch this and any other FIFA World Cup 2018 game.
Where to stream the FIFA World Cup 2018
Local broadcasters in countries all over the world will be showing some or all of the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches. The commentary language will be different depending on where the source is located. If it’s English commentary you’re looking for, you have plenty of options, some of which are listed here:
- US: Fox Sports
- UK: BBC, ITV
- Canada: TSN, CTV
- Australia: SBS, Optus Sport
Belgium fans might favor French commentary. In that case, you have quite a few options too, including:
- Belgium: RTBF
- France: TF1, beIN Sports
- Canada: RDS
Some Belgium fans might prefer to watch with Dutch-language commentary, with options including:
- Belgium: VRT
- Netherlands: NOS
Many other French and Dutch-speaking countries will have free or paid live streams available. You can see the official list of World Cup broadcasters for more details. If the stream you want to watch is outside of your current location, you can simply use a VPN to spoof your location. We’ll explain more about that below.
How to stream the FIFA World Cup 2018: free and paid
Depending on the broadcaster, some streams will be free while others require payment. Many paid streams can be accessed using cable credentials or an over-the-top provider in which case users likely won’t have to pay anything additional. We’ll explore all of these options in the subsequent sections.
Watch the England v Belgium game for free
One of the top streams we recommend for those looking for English commentary is SBS’ The World Game website. This is based in Australia but is accessible to anyone anywhere in the world through the use of a VPN. No subscription is required and it’s free. It’s not showing all World Cup games, unfortunately, but it is showing the England v Belgium match.
If you want a free French stream, your best bets are Belgium’s RTBF or France’s TF1. If you’re outside of France or Belgium, you can simply use a VPN and mask your existing IP address with a French one.
When it comes to World Cup VPN providers, ExpressVPN is our go-to. Its network covers a whopping 94 countries, and all of its servers are optimized for speed. It can easily unblock streaming sites and is very simple to use.
ExpressVPN uses military-grade encryption and never logs personally identifiable information. It has apps for Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, iOS, and some routers, and allows up to three simultaneous connections. This means you’ll be able to stream the England v Belgium game from anywhere.
Getting started with the service is as simple as choosing a plan (one month, six months, or twelve months) and submitting your payment. If you have any issues with setup or troubleshooting, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat customer support.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Sign up for a one-year term and get three months for free. A 30-day money-back guarantee means it’s risk-free. Plus, you could watch the whole World Cup tournament and simply get your money back at the end.
How to watch the England v Belgium game with a VPN
Once you’ve selected a VPN provider, watching the game is straightforward. Here are the basic steps you’ll need to follow:
- Sign up for the VPN service and make a note of your credentials.
- Download and install the relevant app for your device.
- Launch the app and enter your credentials.
- Select and connect to a server located in the appropriate region for your chosen streaming source.
- Visit the source site or run its mobile app and find the live stream of the game. You should now be able to sit back and watch.
It’s definitely worth testing out a live stream from your desired source prior to kickoff. This will give you a chance to troubleshoot any issues that happen to arise.
Where to stream the World Cup games with French commentary
We briefly touched on French-commentary streaming options earlier, but here we’ll go into them in a bit more detail. If you’re watching from Belgium, then your only option is RTBF. You can sign up via the website and watch through the site of the app.
If you’re in France, then you can get French commentary through TF1 and beIN Sports. The first is free while the latter is paid. TF1 is a free service which isn’t showing all the World Cup matches. However, England v Belgium is on its roster. beIN Sports is a subscription service starting at €14 per month, but you can go for a one-month package for €15.
For viewers in Canada, you can access a French-commentary live stream through RDS. You will need to log in using credentials from a cable provider. Alternatively, you can buy a pass for $24.99 (CAD). RDS has a mobile app, RDS GO, so you’ll be able to watch the game while on-the-go.
If you want to access any of the above streams but are located outside of the source region, then you can use a VPN to spoof your location.
Where to stream the World Cup games with Dutch commentary
Dutch commentary will be provided to Belgian viewers through VRT. You can watch through the Sporza.de website or via the Sporza app. You can also get Dutch-commentary streams from Netherlands broadcaster, NOS.
For watching these and any other Dutch-language streams outside of the source region, simply employ the use of a VPN and connect to the appropriate server.
Streaming the World Cup games with English commentary
If you want commentary in English, then you have a plethora of options, although some aren’t all that accessible depending on where you’re located. Here we’ll take a look at some of the major English-speaking regions and what’s on offer.
UK World Cup streaming options
UK viewers will be able to access all games for free, both on TV and online. ITV and the BBC are sharing rights which means all games will either be available on ITV Hub or BBC iPlayer. The England v Belgium game will be shown on ITV1 and online via ITV Hub.
To watch either BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub, you’ll need to sign up and provide a few personal details, including a UK postal code. However, with no payment information required, the postal code isn’t verified. You should also have a UK TV license, but this is based on an honor system, and the rule doesn’t appear to be enforced.
Some streaming services are cracking down on the use of VPNs to access their content., but ExpressVPN reliably unblocks both BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.
Both of these services offer commentary in English.
US World Cup streaming options
In the US, Fox Sports has exclusive rights to show English-commentary streams of the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches. You can watch via live streams on the website or use the Fox Go app. Either way, you’ll need to sign in using credentials from a cable provider or a select over-the-top provider. The latter option includes fuboTV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. The alternative is to purchase a Fox Sports soccer match pass for $19.99.
If you want Spanish-commentary in the US, then you can use Telemundo Deportes. This will also require a cable subscription or over-the-top service and needs to be accessed through its owners, NBC Sports.
If you happen to be in the US while the game is on and don’t have a cable subscription, you can watch via a free non-US service by using a VPN.
Canada World Cup streaming options
We mentioned Canada’s French-language broadcaster RDS earlier, but of course, there are English-commentary streams available too. TSN and CTV have rights to select World Cup matches.
These can be accessed by signing in using cable provider credentials, either on the respective website or through a mobile app (CTV Go and TSN Go). TSN does offer an alternative in the form of a monthly subscription service for $24.99 (CAD) per month. TSN will be showing the England v Belgium game but CTV will not.
If you want to avoid payment altogether, you can use a VPN to access a non-Canadian stream.
Australia World Cup streaming options
As we mentioned earlier, The World Game website is a great option for anyone wanting to stream World Cup 2018 games online and free. It involves no fuss as no subscription is required and all you need is an Australian IP address.
The only problem is, the site owner SBS doesn’t have rights to all of the games. Thankfully, it is showing England v Belgium, but if you want access to all the games, your best Australian option is Optus Sport. This is a paid service, but a subscription is reasonably priced at AUD $15 per month. Plus there’s a 14-day free trial, so you could actually watch a lot of the tournament for free.
Free live streams in other languages
We have only touched on the global coverage of the World Cup in this post, and there are many more streams available all over the world. Here are some of the others, according to the commentary language they offer:
- Portuguese: RTP, SIC
- Spanish: Mediaset España Telecinco, Mediaset España Cuatro
- German: ARD, ORF, SRG SSR, ZDF
- Italian: Mediaset
- Russian: VGTRK, Perviy Kanal, Match TV
- Arabic: MAKAN 33, KAN11, BTV
- Bengali: BTV
If you want to access one of these while you’re outside of the source region, you can use a VPN and choose an appropriate server. Just make sure the VPN has servers in your desired region before you sign up.
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