watch NFL Games Live Online from Overseas

The NFL regular season will run until February 7, ending with Super Bowl. Of course, before that can happen, we need to have the playoffs! The divisional rounds are scheduled for January 22 and 23, but all four matches start at different times. Below, we’ll explain how to live stream NFL games abroad, without cable:

Note that this post will only be recommending official NFL streams so you can connect to your usual home streaming services if traveling abroad. While unlicensed streams are an inevitability for high-profile sporting events, there’s no reason to use them. These streams are often unreliable and low-quality, plus there’s no guarantee they’ll remain up for the entirety of a game. With so many legitimate ways to watch NFL games, there’s nothing to gain by resorting to unsanctioned live streams.

How to stream NFL games from anywhere with a VPN

New to VPNs? Watching NFL games using a VPN couldn’t be easier. Just follow our simple step-by-step instructions below.

Here’s how to watch NFL games live online overseas with a VPN:

  1. Start by registering for a suitable VPN. We’ve already covered NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are both strong alternatives.
  2. Next, download the VPN software, making sure to get the right version for your operating system.
  3. Decide which of the sources below you’d like to use. Note that most will require you to have a payment method linked to a local address so this method is for those with a subscription who are traveling abroad.
  4. Connect to a server in the appropriate country. For example, you’d use a US server to unblock ESPN or a UK server for BBC iPlayer.
  5. Try loading content from the site. You should find that it loads almost instantly. If you’re still getting an error message, reload the page and try again.

It’s important you attempt the steps above before the event you want to watch begins. This gives you plenty of time to contact your VPN’s support team should any issues arise.


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Where to watch NFL games live online

While the NFL is huge in America, it has fans all over the world. Which means NFL coverage will be available in numerous locations. Take a look at our country-specific guides below to find out where you can watch all the action live.


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The good news is that in America, you can watch every NFL fixture live online. The bad news is that each game will be on one of five different networks. Once you memorize the schedule, however, it’s not that bad. Here’s a breakdown:

Monday night games: ESPN

Thursday and Saturday night games: NFL Network

Sunday afternoon AFC games: CBS, Paramount Plus (Premium only)

Sunday afternoon NFC games: FOX

Sunday night: NBC

There’s one other thing of note: if a game is exclusive to the NFL Network or ESPN, it will also air on local TV stations in the regions that the playing teams are from. If you already get these services as part of your cable package, you’ll be able to watch at no extra cost. You can also stream Thursday night games live on Amazon Prime Video.

However, if you don’t have cable, there are a couple of over-the-top streaming services that will allow you to watch. First, fuboTV carries all of the above channels and costs $64.99 USD per month. YouTube TV costs the same price and has all of these channels except NFL Network. The least expensive option, though, is Sling TV: the Orange and Blue subscription costs $45 per month and lets you watch ESPN, FOX, and NBC live. These services will only be providing English-language commentary (Spanish broadcasts are split between Universo and ESPN Deportes).

The games will be geo-blocked so you will need a VPN to connect to your usual home streaming services while traveling abroad.


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British NFL fans can stream all of the action live on Sky Sports. If you’re already a Sky subscriber, you can add the required sports channels and watch live on the Sky Go app.

Want to watch the NFL without cable? The easiest way is with the NFL Game Pass. There’s currently a deal on that reduces the price to just £14.99 per year (until July 2022) and provides access to every game including the Super Bowl live and on-demand.

You can also sign into Sky Sports with a Now TV subscription, but you’ll only be able to watch selected games from the NFL season, instead of the full roster Sky Sports offers. This is also a fairly expensive way to watch, as monthly passes cost £33.99 each.

Finally, there’s BBC iPlayer. Weekly highlights will be shown on BBC2, as will the Super Bowl, but unfortunately, no other matches will be available.

Brits traveling abroad will need a VPN, like NordVPN to connect to these services when they are overseas.



France has two official NFL broadcasters: TF1 and beIN Sports. However, TF1 will only show the Super Bowl. beIN, on the other hand, will show every fixture live, and allows users to watch previous games on-demand. Prices start at €15 a month, although this package locks you into a year-long contract. Instead, we’d advise choosing the month-to-month, €15 subscription.

beIN Sports regularly covers major sporting events in various different languages and has several French-language channels. While there’s no guarantee that the NFL will have French commentary, it does seem likely.

One again, to access your home streaming services from abroad you will need to use a VPN.


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Movistar+ has exclusive NFL broadcast rights in Spain. Every NFL game will be available, live, via Movistar Deportes, but unfortunately, you’ll have to have Movistar broadband and TV in order to watch anything. If you’re already a subscriber, you can add the sports package for an extra €15 per month, but new customers can expect to pay €90 minimum and will be unable to watch until their services have been installed at their home.

While there is a cable-free offering (Movistar + Lite), this doesn’t include the sports channels that NFL games are being shown on.

If you are traveling abroad use NordVPN to access your usual Movistar content.

Other locations

The mini-guides above are far from an exhaustive list of NFL sources. If your country isn’t mentioned, there’s still a good chance you’ll be able to watch live. Just check out the full list of international NFL broadcasters to find official sources in your region.

Can I stream the NFL with a free VPN?

Although free VPNs may appear to be an easy way to stay safe online, we strongly advise avoiding them. First and foremost, they aren’t suitable for streaming: with more users than premium services, yet fewer servers, you can expect intermittent connections and choppy, stuttering video, if it buffers at all. These problems only worsen with live HD video, which requires relatively fast speeds to watch. Also, some free VPNs impose monthly data limits, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to watch as much of the NFL as you’d like.

There’s another issue: free VPNs have a history of misleading their users. For example, there are dozens of free Android “VPNs” which simply attempt to install malware, and don’t actually encrypt any traffic whatsoever. We’ve also seen cases where a free VPN provider has abused the trust of its users, including one where users were unwittingly contributing to a botnet. To protect yourself and your personal information, we recommend using a reputable VPN that puts the privacy of its users first.

2022 NFL playoffs schedule

January 22Bengals vs Titans16:30 ET
49ers vs Packers20:15 ET
January 23Rams vs Buccaneers15:05 ET
Bills vs Chiefs18:30 ET