Three 2019 FA Cup quarter-finals matches (Watford vs. Crystal Palace, Swansea City vs. Manchester City, and Wolverhampton vs. Manchester United) will take place on March 16, with one additional fixture (Millwall vs. Brighton) on March 17. It’s sure to be a busy day for soccer fans but you don’t have to be there in person to show your support: below, we’ll let you know how you can stream all of the action live online.
It’s important to note that we’ll only be recommending official FA Cup sources. There are almost always unlicensed streams showing high-profile sporting events like these, but we advise against using them. To begin with, they’re often laggy, with low-resolution video. Further, copyright holders have been known to monitor link-sharing forums and have unauthorised streams taken down mid-match. Given that you can watch two of the quarter-finals matches for free, there’s really no reason to use an unofficial stream.
Popular streaming platforms often geo-block their content, meaning it’s only available to users in specific countries. As a result, you’ll need a VPN to use these services from abroad.
How to stream the FA Cup quarter-finals from abroad with a VPN
Even if you’ve never used a VPN before, it’s easy to access geo-blocked content abroad. Just follow the steps below:
- Start by signing up for a suitable VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN although NordVPN and CyberGhost are two high-quality, low-cost alternatives.
- Download and install the app. There will be a few different versions so make sure to get the appropriate version.
- Decide which of the services you’d like to use and connect to a server in the relevant location. For instance, you’ll need a British server to unblock the BBC iPlayer or an American one for ESPN+.
- Try playing a video on your chosen site. It should work perfectly, but if not, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then refresh the page.
Since the FA Cup quarter-finals will be broadcast live, it’s a good idea to test your VPN in advance. In doing so, you ensure that there’s still time to get help if anything doesn’t work as expected. This also means that you might not have to miss the start of an important match.
How to watch the 2019 FA Cup quarter-finals for free in the UK
You can watch two of the four quarter-finals matches ( Wolverhampton vs. Manchester United and Millwall vs. Brighton & Hove Albion) live and free-of-charge on the BBC iPlayer. It’s worth noting that the iPlayer has fairly strong geo-restriction measures and as such, some VPNs struggle to unblock it. Don’t panic if you can’t access this platform, though: you can also watch BBC One for free on TVPlayer.com.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay to watch Watford vs. Crystal Palace and Swansea City vs. Manchester City as these matches will be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport. Further, since there’s no over-the-top option, you’ll need an existing cable TV subscription with BT, Sky, or TalkTalk. Prices range from £9 to £27.99 per month, depending on which provider you’re with.
If you’re abroad, (outside the UK) you can still watch the FA Cup quarter-finals by connecting to a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN includes a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can receive a full refund if you don’t want to keep it.
UK law requires you to have a valid TV License if you’re streaming content at the same time as it’s shown on TV. This is easy to overlook, however, as none of the above services actually verify whether you have one or not.
Where else can I live stream the FA Cup quarter-finals?
Some of the best soccer teams in the world compete in the FA Cup, so it’s no surprise that there’s a huge amount of international interest. Luckily, these matches will be shown live in dozens of countries; take a look below to find your country’s official FA Cup broadcaster.
In the US, the 2019 FA Cup will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+. This service costs $4.99 USD per month (or $49.99 per year), but as it includes a 7-day trial, you can use it to watch every quarter-final fixture for free. As an added bonus, you’ll also be able to stream these matches on-demand for a few days after they air.
ESPN+ is geo-blocked and currently only available in the United States. As a result, you’ll have to use a VPN to access it from other countries.
Soccer fans in Canada can watch these matches live on Sportsnet. If your cable TV package already includes Sportsnet, you can log in and start streaming at no added cost. If not, you can sign up to this platform’s over-the-top service, Sportsnet Now for $19.99 CAD per month. Unfortunately, there’s no trial period, but as Sportsnet is the only network showing the FA Cup quarter-finals in Canada, there isn’t much you can do about it.
Sportsnet is only available in Canada. If you usually live in Canada but are currently abroad, you can simply use a Canadian VPN server to access this service.
Middle East & North Africa
beIN Sports will be showing every FA Cup quarter-final match across the Middle East & North Africa. Prices (and free trial availability) vary from one country to another, but you can generally expect a monthly subscription to cost around $10 USD. Additionally, beIN Sports generally offers commentary in several different languages, so you won’t have to read subtitles during those tense moments.
This service has separate, geo-restricted sites for each of its supported regions. You can easily access a specific country’s version of the site from abroad using a VPN, however.
These matches will be broadcast in far too many locations to cover individually. If we haven’t mentioned your country above, you might want to take a look at the list of international FA Cup broadcasters. Many of these will have their own streaming platform, and perhaps even a trial period. This means that with a bit of luck, you’ll be able to watch the FA Cup quarter-finals live, for free, wherever you are in the world.
2019 FA Cup schedule
|Watford vs. Crystal Palace||March 16||12:15 PM GMT (04:15 AM PST / 7:15 AM EST)|
|Swansea City vs. Manchester City||March 16||5:20 PM GMT (9:20 AM PST / 12:20 PM EST)|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester United||March 16||7:55 PM GMT (11:55 AM PST / 2:55 PM EST)|
|Millwall vs. Brighton & Hove Albion||March 17||2PM GMT (6AM PST / 9AM EST)|
|Semi-finalist 1 vs. Semi-finalist 2||April 6||TBD|
|Semi-finalist 3 vs. Semi-finalist 4||April 6||TBD|
|FA Cup final||May 18||TBD|