How watch Croatia v England online for free (World Cup semi-finals)

Published by on July 10, 2018 in Sports Streaming

We’ll show you how to watch Croatia v England online for free by live streaming official World Cup coverage wherever you are located. We’ll also cover how to live stream any other 2018 FIFA World Cup game free of charge, whether you are at home or abroad.

How watch Croatia v England online for free

With England grabbing an authoritative 2-0 win over Sweden, and Croatia managing to oust the home team in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out, this World Cup semi-final game is sure to be full of excitement. Croatia will take on England on July 11th at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 7 PM BST (11 AM PST / 2 PM EST).

No doubt, you’ll want to watch every second of the action, from home or on-the-go. Thankfully, a ton of broadcasters all over the world have the rights to show this and other World Cup matches on TV and via live online streams. Many broadcasts are free, and there are multiple options when it comes to commentary language.

The one issue is that many streaming sources geo-lock their content. However, by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can have access to pretty much any stream you want. A VPN will mask your IP address and replace it with one from a location of your choice. This means you can watch Croatia v England game from the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, or anywhere else in the world.

In this article, we’ll reveal how you can view this and all other remaining World Cup 2018 matches online, for free.

Where to stream the FIFA World Cup 2018 for free

As mentioned, there are many broadcasters across the globe showing some or all of the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches. Depending on where you’re located, you’ll likely have a local stream available. However, it might not be in your desired language, and may not be free. If it’s English commentary you’re after, here is what’s on offer in some regions:

  1. US: Fox Sports (free if you have a subscription with a cable or over-the-top provider)
  2. UK: BBC, ITV (the two share matches and both are free)
  3. Australia: SBS’ The World Game website (free)
  4. Canada: TSN, CTV (both free if you have a cable subscription)

Technically, the US and Canada options above are only free if you reside in those countries and subscribe to a cable or over-the-top provider. If you’re traveling, you can access them with a VPN, but if you live outside these countries, a UK or Australia stream is your best option.

Accessing UK live streams requires a TV license, so even though this isn’t enforced, you might prefer to go for a completely legal option, which would leave The World Game website. This is completely free, and you just need an Australian IP address to access it.

Of course, you could well be looking for Croatian commentary for the Croatia v England game. In that case, you have just one option:

  • Croatia: HRT (Croatian commentary)

This is just an at-a-glance look, and we’ll cover all of these options in more detail below. If you want to check out what’s available in other countries, you can take a look at the full list of official World Cup broadcasters.

The best VPN for the World Cup 2018: ExpressVPN

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Our top choice for a World Cup VPN provider is ExpressVPN. Its top-rated service includes access to servers in 94 countries, provides fast speeds, and is renowned for its ability to unblock streaming services.

With ExpressVPN, you never have to worry about security and privacy as it uses military-grade 256-bit AES encryption and keeps only the most basic logs. What’s more, the service is super simple to set up. You just have to select your term (one month, six months, or twelve months), submit payment, and download the software to your device. ExpressVPN’s 24/7 live chat customer support is always ready to help if you do have any issues.

EXCLUSIVE READER DEAL: Choose a 12-month plan and get three months for free. A 30-day money-back guarantee means you could technically watch the rest of the World Cup for free.

We love ExpressVPN, but it might not be for everyone. Of course, there are many other great providers to choose from, NordVPN and CyberGhost being a couple of great low-cost alternatives.

How to watch the Croatia v England game with a VPN

After you’ve settled on a provider, you just need to get yourself set up. Here are the basic steps to semi-final streaming bliss:

  1. Sign up with your chosen VPN provider and note the credentials provided.
  2. Download the appropriate software for the device on which you want to watch.
  3. Run and launch the application, and enter your new credentials.
  4. Choose a server that’s in the same location as the source you want to stream from.
  5. Find the live stream you want to watch through the source website or app. Now you should be able to access it and watch with no problems.

How to watch Croatia v England game with Croatian commentary

One Croatian broadcaster, HRT, has rights to show all Russia World Cup 2018 games with Croatian commentary.

If you’re in Croatia, you can choose whether to view on TV or stream online. For those outside the country, you can still access the online streams. All you need to do is connect to  VPN server in Croatia to obtain a Croatian IP address.

How to watch Croatia v England with English commentary

We mentioned some of the English-commentary options earlier, but we’ll look at them in more detail here.

UK World Cup streaming options

If you’re in the UK, you can easily enjoy all the action for free. ITV and the BBC are sharing rights to World Cup matches, which means every game will be available on one channel or the other. The BBC will show matches on TV on BBC One and online through BBC iPlayer. ITV will show games on ITV1 and through ITV Hub. The BBC has rights to the Croatia v England game.

You do need to sign in to watch live streams for either channel, and this involves inputting a UK postal code. This seems like it would be an issue for non-residents of the UK, but it’s actually not verified. Another potential hurdle is that access to any live stream from UK broadcasters requires you have a UK TV license, However, again, this isn’t actually verified.

As such, both channels can be accessed from outside the UK using a VPN to spoof your location.

ITV and the BBC broadcast matches with English commentary.

US World Cup streaming options

The only broadcaster with rights to show World Cup matches in the US with English commentary is Fox Sports. To access its live streams, you need to have an existing subscription with a US cable provider or an over-the-top service such as fuboTV, Sling TV, or DirecTV. There is the option of a Fox Sports soccer match pass, but this costs $19.99.

For US residents wanting to catch the game from outside the US, you can use a VPN to spoof your location. Simply connect to a US server and sign into Fox Sports using your cable provider credentials.

Canada World Cup streaming options

In Canada, three broadcasters are showing the World Cup games. RDS is showing matches with French commentary while TSN and CTV have English commentary. All of these providers offer mobile apps for on-the-go access. However, like the US stream, they all require credentials from a cable provider.

TSN does offer a month-long pass for $24.99, but this is pricey given that there are free streams available.

If you have a Canadian cable subscription and want to access any of these broadcasts outside of Canada, simply use a VPN to get a Canadian IP address.

Australia World Cup streaming options

Australia has two broadcasters offering World Cup coverage, Optus Sports and SBS. Optus Sports is a paid service and did originally have exclusive rights to many of the games. However, due to some streaming issues, it has handed over rights to some games to SBS.

SBS offers free coverage and was originally slated to show fewer than half of the World Cup matches. However, now all remaining games can be viewed online via SBS’ The World Game website, completely free. If you’re in Australia, access is simple, and if you’re outside the country, you just need an Australian IP address. As mentioned earlier, this is easily achieved via the use of a VPN.

Free live streams in other languages

We’ve covered commentary in Croatian and English, but below we’ve listed a few more options you might want to check out:

  1. Italian: Mediaset
  2. French: TF1
  3. German: ARD, ORF, SRG SSR, ZDF
  4. Portuguese: RTP, SIC
  5. Spanish: Mediaset España Telecinco, Mediaset España Cuatro
  6. Bengali: BTV
  7. Arabic: MAKAN 33, KAN11, BTV
  8. Russian: VGTRK, Perviy Kanal, Match TV

Just ensure that if you’re using a VPN to access one of these broadcasts, that your chosen VPN provider does indeed have servers in the appropriate region.

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 the local laws, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.

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