How to watch Ligue 1 live online from anywhere

Published by on août 3, 2018 in Sports Streaming

Want to watch Ligue 1 soccer live online? This post will explain where you can stream every Ligue 1 fixture live. We’ll also show how you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass geo-restrictions and access your usual streaming services when abroad. With a VPN, you’ll be able to stream Ligue 1 soccer from the UK, the US, Mexico, Germany, or anywhere else in the world.

How to watch Ligue 1 online

The 2018/19 Ligue 1 season begins on August 10, with Marseille vs. Toulouse at 7:45 PM BST (6:45 AM PST/ 9:45 AM EST). It’ll run until May 25th, 2019, and during this time, each team will play 38 matches. You don’t need a season ticket to catch all of the action, though: read on below to find out how you can stream every game from the comfort of your own home.

It’s important to note that we’ll only be recommending official Ligue 1 sources. Although unlicensed streams are rife online, you should know that these are often low-quality, unreliable, and prone to being taken offline during matches. With so many legitimate ways to watch, there’s nothing to be gained by using unofficial Ligue 1 streams.

Stream Ligue 1 safely: use a VPN

The easiest way to bypass geo-locking and access your streaming services from abroad is to use a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN: it boasts a strong selection of security features, and with high-speed servers in 94 countries, it’s among the best for watching live HD video. Further, ExpressVPN is one of the few remaining services capable of unblocking platforms like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

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You can register for ExpressVPN in a matter of minutes. Simply choose a subscription length (one month, six months, or a year) and complete the payment process. From this point, you have 30 days to trial the service. If you’re on vacation for less than a month or simply aren’t satisfied, you can cancel during this period and receive a full refund.

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How to stream Ligue 1 with a VPN

New to VPNs? Not sure where to start? Just follow the steps below and you’ll be streaming Ligue 1 matches in no time:

  1. Choose a VPN designed for HD streaming. We mentioned ExpressVPN earlier, but NordVPN and CyberGhost are two high-performance, low-cost alternatives.
  2. Download and install the VPN software. There will be a few different versions, so be sure to get the right one for your operating system.
  3. Decide which of the sources below you’d like to use.
  4. Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the appropriate location. For instance, you’d use a British server for BT Sport, or a French one for Canal+.
  5. Try to watch a video on your chosen site. If you’re still getting errors, you might have to reload the page first. Afterward, content should play as normal.

Where to watch Ligue 1 matches live online

France has some of the best soccer teams in the world, so understandably, there are a lot of fans in other countries. Luckily, live Ligue 1 coverage is being broadcast all over the world. Take a look at the list below to find the official broadcasters in your country.

UK

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British viewers can stream Ligue 1 fixtures live and on-demand with BT Sport. This service allows users to watch either via the website or the BT Sport mobile app. Unfortunately, this service isn’t available on its own: you’ll need either a BT, Sky, or TalkTalk TV subscription before you can start streaming.

The price fluctuates wildly based on your current TV and broadband supplier. If you’re with BT, you can watch BT Sport online for £9 a month, but if you’re with Sky or TalkTalk, the price rises to £27.99 a month. It’s a bit unfair, but as BT has exclusive Ligue 1 broadcast rights in the UK, there’s isn’t much you can do about it.

To access BT Sport while traveling outside of the UK, you can simply connect to a UK VPN server.

USA

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There’s just one Ligue 1 broadcaster in the US: beIN Sports. This company is known for its exceptional multi-language sports coverage, and the Ligue 1 is no exception. beIN Sports will show every Ligue 1 fixture in both English and Spanish in the US and Puerto Rico.

As yet, there’s no way to register exclusively to beIN Sports: if your cable package already includes beIN Sports, you can watch matches online at no extra cost. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to log in with your fubo TV or Sling TV subscription.

France

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In France, the majority of Ligue 1 fixtures will be broadcast by beIN Sports. The regular broadcaster, Canal+, failed to secure any Ligue 1 rights this year, and will not be showing any games live. This could change, however, as the remaining games’ rights are still up for grabs.

French soccer fans can sign up to beIN sports for €14 a month, although this comes with a 12-month commitment. Instead, we recommend choosing the month-to-month €15 plan if at all possible. Once registered, users can watch matches live online with either the web player or the beIN Sports Connect mobile app.

If you want to access games while you’re abroad, you can use a VPN to spoof your location and get a French IP address.

Mexico

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In Mexico, Ligue 1 broadcasting rights are shared between ESPN and TDN. ESPN will be showing 22 fixtures online and across its  ESPN Play, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and ESPN Internacional channels, while TDN will show the remaining 20 matches. There’s a catch, however: TDN won’t be streaming them, instead showing them only on free-to-air TV.

Germany

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DAZN has managed to snap up Ligue 1 broadcast rights in Germany. Soccer fans can tune in using either the web player or DAZN app for iOS or Android devices. DAZN usually costs €9.99 a month, but there’s a free trial month, meaning you can try the service out and cancel if you’re not satisfied.

Other locations

Ligue 1 soccer will be broadcast the world over. While we’ve covered the sources for a few major countries, we can’t mention them all. If your country hasn’t been covered above, check out the full list of official Ligue 1 broadcasters to find a suitable source wherever you are.

Once you find a suitable provider and are signed up, you should be able to watch with no issues. However, if you’re traveling, accessing those streams from abroad will pose an issue. This is where a VPN comes in. Simply connect to a VPN server in your home country and you’ll be able to access your desired streaming source.

Can I watch Ligue 1 soccer with a free VPN?

Free VPNs can seem tempting at first glance, but we advise against using them for several reasons. First and foremost, they don’t provide the same quality of connection. With limited server networks and a never-ending influx of users, you’ll find that free VPNs struggle to load live HD video smoothly. With data caps and queues, this process only becomes more frustrating for the user.

Then there’s the question of how free VPNs can afford to exist. As users don’t pay for the service, income has to be generated in other ways. Free VPNs can do this by placing ads on the sites you visit, but they can also track your browsing habits and sell details of your activities to third parties without your knowledge. By using tracking cookies, they can even keep tabs on what you do after you’ve disconnected from the VPN.

Finally, free VPNs pose a threat to your hardware and personal information. In 2016, one study showed that dozens of free VPN apps for Android actually attempted to install malware onto their users’ devices. Even if you use a well-established free VPN, there are no guarantees; we’ve seen a high-profile free VPNs sell their users’ bandwidth for use in a botnet before. To protect yourself and your personal information, we recommend using a trusted VPN with a privacy policy that puts its users first.

Which teams are competing?

20 soccer teams are playing in Ligue 1. Take a look below for the full list:

  • Amiens
  • Angers
  • Bordeaux
  • Caen
  • Dijon
  • Guingamp
  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Monaco
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Nîmes
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Reims
  • Rennes
  • Saint-Étienne
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse

Comparitech does not condone or encourage any copyright violation, including streaming video from pirated sources. Although VPNs can skirt geographical restrictions and mask the user’s identity, please consider local laws, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.

Header image: Bordeaux – Champion du monde by ren api, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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