Do you want to watch England v Sweden online free and live? We’ll show you how to live stream coverage of today’s game from official broadcasters. We’ll also explain how to watch any other FIFA 2018 World Cup game free of charge, even if you are abroad.
With Sweden managing to fend off Switzerland and a nail-biting finish for England against Columbia, we now have a very exciting quarterfinal match on our hands. Sweden v England with take place on July 7th at Samara Arena in Samara at 3 PM BST (7AM PST / 10 AM EST).
Of course, broadcasters all over the world are airing the games on TV and streaming them online. Plus, there are often multiple options for commentary languages. However, most streams are geo-restricted and can only be accessed from within the source region.
The best workaround for this is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to spoof your location. A VPN will hide your existing IP address and replace it with one from a location of your choice. Most top providers have servers all over the world, so you can access live streams of the Sweden v England game from the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and anywhere else in the world.
In this post, we’ll explain exactly how you can watch this and any other World Cup game online and for free.
Where to stream the FIFA World Cup 2018 for free
Depending on which country you’re in, the likelihood is that there’ll be a local stream available. However, the commentary language might not be the one you want, and you may find that you have to pay for the stream. For English commentary, some of the major broadcasters with rights to show matches are:
- UK: BBC, ITV (both free)
- US: Fox Sports (free with a cable or over-the-top provider subscription)
- Australia: SBS’ The World Game website (free)
- Canada: TSN, CTV (both free with a cable subscription)
In the US and Canada, you do need to sign into the official streams using subscriptions for a cable service or over-the-top provider. As such, if you‘re outside of those countries, better options would be to use a UK or Australian service. The World Game Website is particularly easy to access and only requires an Australian IP address. This is easily obtained through the use of a VPN.
Of course, you may be looking for commentary in Swedish, in which case your best options are:
- Sweden: SVT, TV4 (via C More)
We’ll discuss all of these options below. We’ve rounded up the best options but you can see even in more our guide on how to watch the World Cup online free.
Our first choice for a VPN to help you access World Cup live streams is ExpressVPN. This top-rated provider offers fast speeds, an expansive server network, and the ability to unblock streaming sites.
What’s more, security and privacy are top priorities for ExpressVPN and it uses strong encryption and maintains minimal logs. It’s super easy to use and apps are available for desktops and mobile devices. Simply choose a term (one month, six months, or twelve months), submit payment, and download the app.
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How to watch the Sweden v England game with a VPN
Once you’ve chosen a provider, you need to get yourself all set up to enjoy the game. Here are the general steps you’ll have to take:
- Sign up with the VPN provider and record your credentials.
- Download the correct app for your device and install.
- Launch the app and log in using the credentials you noted earlier.
- Select a server in the appropriate location such that you’ll be able to access your chosen stream.
- Locate the live stream through the source app or view its website. You should be able to simply watch and enjoy.
Although it should be as simple as it sounds, there are plenty of potential hiccups along the way. As such, it’s best to test things out beforehand so you can address any issues.
How to watch Sweden v England with Swedish commentary
In Sweden, SVT has rights to show some of the World Cup matches with Swedish commentary. But, unfortunately, it’s not showing the Sweden v England game. TV4 is broadcasting all games with Swedish commentary, but is only accessible via a paid service, C More, which costs 139 kr per month. If you already have a C More account and want to access it from outside Sweden, you can do so with a VPN.
How to watch Sweden v England with English commentary
We briefly touched on the options for English commentary earlier, but here we’ll delve into them in a bit more detail
UK World Cup streaming options
The BBC and ITV are sharing rights to the World Cup games in the UK. Every game will be available for free on TV via BBC One or ITV1 and online through either BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub. The Sweden v England game is being aired by ITV.
ITV and the BBC both provide free services, but you should have a UK TV license to use them. However, this rule isn’t really enforced. There is one more hurdle in that you need to sign up using a UK postal code. This would pose an issue for non-UK residents, but it’s not actually verified, so isn’t really an issue at all. This means, you could quite easily access either service using a VPN.
Both ITV and the BBC are providing English commentary.
US World Cup streaming options
You might think that the US would have multiple options for watching the World Cup, but the only official English-commentary broadcaster is Fox Sports. This can be accessed using credentials from a cable package via NBC Sports. You can also sign in using credentials from certain over-the-top providers, such as Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV.
There is one more option, and that’s to buy a Fox Sports soccer pass for $19.99. However, with just a few games left, you’re probably better off just using a VPN to grab a non-US free stream.
Canada World Cup streaming options
Canada has three official World Cup broadcasters, but one of them, RDS, is providing French-language commentary. The other two, TSN and CTV, require login using credentials from a cable provider. You can purchase a monthly subscription from TSN, but again, this is pretty pricey at $24.99 for a month’s pass. With easy access to non-Canadian streams via a VPN, this hardly seems worth it.
Australia World Cup streaming options
We mentioned the World Game website earlier and indeed this an ideal option for anyone anywhere in the world wanting to watch a free live stream online. All you need to do is get yourself an Australian IP address.
Paid service, Optus Sports, also has rights to all remaining matches. However, with SBS having recently secured rights to all remaining games, there’s no need to fork out for a paid plan.
Free live streams in other languages
We’ve covered Swedish and English-language commentary in this post, but here are a few more you might be interested in:
- German: ARD, ORF, SRG SSR, ZDF
- Portuguese: RTP, SIC
- Italian: Mediaset
- French: TF1
- Spanish: Mediaset España Telecinco, Mediaset España Cuatro
- Arabic: MAKAN 33, KAN11, BTV
- Russian: VGTRK, Perviy Kanal, Match TV
- Bengali: BTV
If you’re using a VPN provider to access these services, just remember to check there are servers in your desired region before you sign up.
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