You’re excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; of course, you are. We all are. Why else would we be posting about it almost three months before the first game starts? The World Cup will be pumping up emotions around the world from June 12-July 13, 2014.
Anticipation is at a fever pitch. Ticket sales in Brazil are breaking records. FIFA’s issuing warnings about buying tickets from unauthorized sources.
Of course, most of the world won’t even try to get tickets, and will happily settle for watching it on TV or streaming it over the web. This also applies to restaurants and bars trying to show matches to their patrons that aren’t streaming on available TV channels.
If you are in the United States, trying to watch the England, Italy, or Japan game while the US game is playing on television may not be possible, unless you are web streaming. If you don’t have cable or an ESPN 360 account, you will need to an alternate way to ensure you will be able to watch all of the matches.
Below is a guide that we will be continually updating the make streaming the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil streaming is as fluid and hassle-free as possible.
How to Watch the 2014 World Cup Online
Just looking at the results of the World Cup 2014 Draw is enough to get us worked up. Looks like our home team will be facing Germany, Portugal, and Ghana in Group G, with the No. 2-ranked Germany posing biggest threat to the US squad. Host country Brazil will facing off with Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon when everything kicks off on June 12th. This could get interesting.
If you don’t miss a minute of it, and if you want to know who has the rights to stream the World Cup in your country, it would be best to consult this list of broadcasting rights. In addition, here are a few choice sites and apps that will allow you to access World Cup 2014 live streaming for every game that your heart desires.
Best VPN Service Providers for World Cup 2014 Free Live Streaming
For the uninitiated, a VPN service (or Virtual Private Network service) is a subscription-based service that accomplishes the dual purpose of making your online activity secure and allows you to have access to a freer, more open internet. It accomplishes the former by securely tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus keeping your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card numbers) out of the view of prying eyes.
As for giving you a more open Internet, a VPN also allows you to access geographically restricted material like the World Cup from anywhere in the world. When you log in to a VPN, you’re allowed to choose the country in which your encrypted server is located. When you do so, your computer is given a new IP address in that country, which effectively makes your computer think it’s in a different country.
Want to stream the BBC from Mexico? Choose a UK server and you’re all set. The same trick applies if you want to watch Netflix from New Zealand or visit Google from China.
How to Stream World Cup 2014 on Any Device
On the other side of things, even if you are have chosen the right VPN of your choice to watch the World Cup 2014, you still may have issues with the actual live streaming of the games on your different devices. That is why a powerful router for integrating VPN through your entire network is a necessity. Using a better router could give you streaming HD quality World Cup action like you never imagined.
Using a VPN router means you set up the VPN provider once and any device that connects will now be using that country you have selected. iPad, Ps4, Roku, AppleTV. You name it and it’s covered.
Some of our most powerful VPN ready routers include the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter & Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter which offer top end processor and wireless speeds. If you are looking for a basic router upgrade to get your network more prepared for a streaming future, might we suggest the Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter or the Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router.
Best Free World Cup 2014 Live Streaming – FIFA.com
FIFA – Who can do a better job of covering the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil than FIFA themselves? In fact, FIFA’s live streaming service is available in the following (admittedly, all European) countries:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
How to Stream the 2014 World Cup on FIFA Outside of Europe
So if you want to access FIFA or BBC Sport or any other site streaming World Cup games that is not available in your country, hop on to your VPN and pick a server in a country that will allow you to watch the game. you can use the following list of Top Recommended World Cup VPN Providers and the servers countries they offer.
- IPVanish – Own their own Tier one VPN Servers with major coverage all throught Europe. Out of the FIFA list: IPVanish offers servers Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark (2 servers), Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary (3 servers), Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (6 servers). Any of which are FIFA.com accessible.
- Overplay – Popular VPN provider with server locations from the countries from FIFA list in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Top low cost VPN provider. Limited country selection but available in the following countries from the FIFA list: Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Best Sites & Apps for Streaming Live Football/Soccer
BBC Sport/iTV: BBC Sport is a free streaming sports treasure trove and your best bet for World Cup 2014 live streaming would be through BBC Sport. In conjunction with ITV, BBC has the online streaming rights to World Cup games. All matches will be split between these two UK services. Unfortunately, both BBC Sport and ITV only available in the UK- unless you are subscribed to a VPN service that can help you get around these pesky country restrictions.
- Available in: United Kingdom
- Top Recommended VPN Providers For BBC/iTV: IPVanish, Overplay, PrivateInternetAccess
Streaming World Cup Live in the USA
WatchESPN: If you’re watching from the US, as we are, then you can count on 271 hours of World Cup 2014 live streaming from Brazil courtesy of ESPN. WatchESPN will be airing simulcasts of the games and that’s likely where you’ll find us. However, unless you are a cable subscriber, using ESPN to watch the World Cup not be possible.
- Available in: United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, USA Minor Outlying Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S.
- Top Recommended US VPN Providers: HideMyAss, Proxy.sh
NOTE: Fox Soccer 2GO was previously listed as a resource for World Cup 2014 Live Streaming. However, this streaming service will not be showing the 2014 World Cup. You can still use Fox Soccer 2GO as a resource to watch International Soccer and Rugby.