can you stream barclays premier league football games in the united states for free?
September 24, 2010 7:24 AM   Subscribe

can you stream barclays premier league football games in the united states for free?

soooo, i really want to watch a lot of upcoming barclays premier league games, but don't have cable or some special sports package and have no intentions of getting such. due to the oversaturation of seemingly free sites and membership based sites on the internets... i'd rather just see if anyone knew of a website to stream these games for free (preferably, of course) or any recommendations for a really good membership based site… any help will be appreciated.
posted by j3nn1b0t to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Not legally for free.

Your best bet is to get this.

Also, many basic cable packages now carry both ESPN2 and the basic Fox Soccer Channel, between them you get on average something like 4 games per weekend and Champions League and Italian Serie A. I hate TV and paying for cable is painful for me, but having those two channels at home sure beats going out to a bar at 8 am. Hope this helps.
posted by the foreground at 7:37 AM on September 24, 2010

At least one match already this season was streamable for free on And tomorrow's Man City vs. Chelsea match will be. Check that link for other matches coming up from other leagues. The stream quality can be very good.
posted by galaksit at 7:58 AM on September 24, 2010
posted by acadian at 8:28 AM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

MyP2P is a pretty good resource for finding streams you can watch with Sopcast (I use the linux client with is basic but works well, the Windows client looks a lot better). There are other programs that do similar Peer-to-Peer streaming but I happen to have had success with Sopcast. They're all a bit flaky.

Find the game you want and then click on the little "TV" icon for a list of streams. Some of the options will actually be flash players, so you may be able to watch a game without installing potential crapware. And yes, a lot of the programs and sites in this sphere are overflowing with crapware. The guides and forums are probably going to be very helpful to you.

Using this combo I've been able to watch every EPL game I've wanted to see, as long as someone is broadcasting it somewhere. You may have to settle for Chinese language commentary on some games.

The legality of all this is, of course, a judgement for you alone. have been to court at least once (they won) but I'm not aware of any viewers being pursued.
posted by samworm at 8:34 AM on September 24, 2010

Streaming on is only available to certain ISPs in the states, but if your ISP is in, it's a decent option. includes online streams in their schedule. Most are region restricted, and many require you to join a betting site, but it also gives you an idea of what to look for on
posted by putzface_dickman at 8:38 AM on September 24, 2010

I signed up for last week to watch the Man U / Liverpool game and was really impressed with the quality of the stream. I find with football, I can't watch jerky streams without getting a huge headache.

Of course, it's 15 bucks a month, but if there's at least one game every week you watch on it, I find the price worth the avoidance of hassle and headaches.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:55 AM on September 24, 2010

Try They compile free live sports streams from around the web, so they will do the work of sorting out what feeds are actually working, and if there is a choice making the most useful ones available.
posted by philipy at 9:42 AM on September 24, 2010

Seconding Sopcast for the free option - the stream quality is usually head and shoulders above the other p2p or Flash-based free options, and is the place to find the links on game day.

For paid sites, I've had good luck with, which streams in Flash. (funnily enough, decidedly not free) is another one that has been around a while, although I haven't tried it lately.

If you don't really care which games you want to watch, Sopcast will have the "big" games that are aired on US TV most weeks. If you are following a more obscure team like, for instance, West Ham United (come on you Irons), then sometimes the paid sites come in handy.
posted by alexfw at 2:43 PM on September 24, 2010

I also recommend, though today, for the first time, I can't watch from there. (Damn Liverpool game isn't being shown live in the UK, which significantly cuts down on the number of streams.) However, if it's not on there, a bit of creative Googling will usually bring up a reasonable replacement.
posted by inmediasres at 8:28 AM on September 25, 2010

According to my SO, ATDHE > Sopcast.
posted by k8t at 7:08 AM on September 26, 2010

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