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How to Watch the Champions League for Free

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Additional Research by Luke Williams

Our Verdict

Every 2023-24 UEFA Champions League game is broadcast for free on LiveScore in Ireland. Using the platform, you can access live streams on desktop, mobile, and streaming devices connected to your TV. To access it from anywhere, simply connect to a VPN server located in Ireland.

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With a UK IP address, Champions League live streams are only available on TNT Sports on Discovery+, which costs £30.99 a month. Expensive subscription prices like this have contributed to over 8 million adults using dangerous and illegal sports streaming sites.

Cybercriminals deliberately use these unauthorized streaming sites as bait to steal personal data. Research from Avast found a 45% increase in such incidents during UCL matches, and we discovered that many popular sites redirected us to phishing scams or sites that contain malware.

For this reason, we looked for safe ways to watch UCL matches for free. LiveScore stood out as the top choice due to its trustworthy reputation, high-resolution live streams, and English commentary.

Though region-locked to Ireland, you can use a virtual private network (VPN) to change your IP address and live stream every Champions League match entirely for free.

You can see how quickly we accessed a geo-blocked Champions League game using a VPN service in the video below:

In this guide, we’ll explain in more detail what makes LiveScore the best option for watching Champions League matches for free, how to access it on every device, and the top VPN choices to access its geo-restricted content.

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How to Watch the Champions League with a VPN

The only way to legally and safely live stream every Champions League match for free is to use a VPN with LiveScore.

The process of accessing LiveScore is straightforward, though the steps may vary slightly based on the device you’re using to stream. Use the links below to quickly jump to your device.

To watch it completely for free, take advantage of a VPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee. To continue using it for free after this period, you can either sign up again with a different email or switch to a different VPN service using the same email address.

This is preferable to using a completely free VPN as these have data limitations that will restrict the number of games you can watch.

Desktop & Laptop (Windows & macOS)

Although LiveScore claims it only broadcasts free Champions League games on its app, we were able to access it via the browser on our PC and laptop.

Here’s step-by-step instructions on how to get a VPN to watch Champions League matches for free on desktop:

  1. Subscribe to a VPN service that has servers in Ireland: We recommend Private Internet Access for its affordability and 30-day refund policy.
  2. Download and install the VPN: Navigate to the VPN’s website, find the ‘Download VPN’ prompt from the VPN’s website and click it.
  3. Open the VPN app and connect to a server in Ireland: You’ll need an Irish IP address to access LiveScore.
  4. Enable your VPN’s ad blocker: If you’re using PIA, go to the app’s settings, click ‘Privacy’, and toggle the ‘PIA MACE’ checkbox. This will block the lengthy ads on LiveScore.
  5. Navigate to the LiveScore website and create a free LiveScore account: Press the hamburger menu at the top left and click ‘Join Now’. Enter your email and password.
  6. Select the match you want to stream: All matches are available for streaming and coverage will begin at 19:25 (UK time).
  7. Choose 1080p video resolution for the best viewing quality: Click the Settings cog icon at the top left of the video player. Then, select ‘Full HD’ from the list of options.
  8. Request a refund from the VPN: Create a new account with a different email or switch to another VPN offering a similar refund policy.
Barcelona vs Napoli being live streamed from LiveScore's website.

Champions League live streams are easily accessed from LiveScore’s website in Ireland.

Mobile (iOS & Android)

You don’t need an Irish Apple ID or Google Play account to download the LiveScore app. It’s available to download from every country, including the UK, making it easy to access on mobile.

Here’s how to access the Champions League for free using a VPN on mobile:

  1. Get a VPN that offers servers in Ireland and that works with LiveScore: Many are compatible, but PIA is cheap and offers unlimited bandwidth.
  2. Download the VPN app onto your device: It’ll be available from the App Store on iOS or Google Play on Android.
  3. Open the VPN app and connect to a server in Ireland: This will give you an Irish IP address that’s required for LiveScore.
  4. Download the LiveScore app from the app store: If you already have it installed, force quit it to clear its cache.
  5. Open the LiveScore app and create an account: Tap the profile icon in the top left and choose ‘Join Now’. Enter your email address and password.
  6. Choose the game you want to stream from the home screen: Sadly, you won’t be able to manually select resolution. If your connection is fast enough, the game will stream in Full HD.
Watching Arsenal vs Porto in the UCL via LiveScore Ireland's iOS app.

You can easily stream UCL matches through the LiveScore mobile app.

Fire TV

There isn’t a LiveScore app for streaming devices and Fire TV doesn’t support casting technology, so it’s not obvious to see how to get it running on Firestick.

However, unlike many streaming sites, we were able to watch videos on LiveScore using the Fire TV’s built-in web browser.

Here’s how to stream every Champions League match on Fire TV:

  1. On your PC or mobile, sign up for a VPN that offers Irish servers and an app for Fire TV: We recommend PIA VPN. No free VPN with servers in Ireland, including TunnelBear, has a Fire TV app. You won’t be able to create an account directly from the Firestick app.
  2. Download the VPN app from the Amazon Appstore and log in.
  3. Connect to a server in Ireland.
  4. Open the Amazon Silk web browser: You won’t need to download it as it comes built-in to your Firestick.
  5. Navigate to the LiveScore website and create an account.
  6. From the home screen, click on the game you want to access.
Streaming UCL on Amazon Fire TV Stick via LiveScore.

You can access live UCL streams on Firestick via the built-in web browser.

AirPlay or Chromecast Built-in Devices

LiveScore allows you to cast matches from your phone or tablet to compatible devices, like Chromecasts and Apple TV.

Unlike many other streaming services, LiveScore doesn’t require the receiving device to be connected to a VPN. This simplifies the process significantly, as you won’t need to set up a VPN on a router or create a mobile hotspot.

Follow the steps below to watch Champions League for free on devices that support Chromecast functionality:

  1. Subscribe to a VPN that works reliably with LiveScore: We suggest Private Internet Access.
  2. Download the VPN app onto your mobile device: It’ll be available via the App Store or Google Play.
  3. Open the app and log in using your credentials.
  4. Connect to a VPN server in Ireland: You’ll need an Irish IP address to access the streaming site.
  5. Download the LiveScore app from the App Store or Google Play and open it.
  6. Choose the match from the app’s home screen and tap play on the video.
  7. Tap the Cast icon at the top right of the video player: Tap this even if you’re AirPlaying.
  8. Select the name of your streaming device from the list of options: The match will start streaming on your TV. Your streaming device doesn’t need to be connected to a VPN server.
Using AirPlay to Stream Champions League on LiveScore

LiveScore supports casting and AirPlay for showing live streams on TV-connected devices.

What Makes LiveScore the Best UCL Streaming Site

After watching Champions League matches on over 30 streaming services from countries around the world, we found LiveScore to be by far the best Champions League streaming site.

LiveScore is a reputable sports information service that’s existed since 1998 and has millions of users. VPNs also aren’t mentioned anywhere in its terms of use, so it won’t affect your account if you’re found to be using one.

You can see a summary of the data we collected on the most popular Champions League streaming sites in the table below:

Streaming Service IP Address Location UCL Coverage Video Resolution Language Monthly Subscription Price
LiveScore Ireland All (125 matches) 1080p (Full HD) English 100% free
M4 Sport Hungary 29 Matches 1080p (Full HD) Hungarian 100% free
HRTi Croatia 33 Matches 1080p (Full HD) Croatian 100% free
ServusTV Austria 33 Matches 1080p (Full HD) German 100% Free
TNT Sports UK All (125 matches) 1080p (Full HD) English £30.99
Paramount Plus US All (125 matches) 720p (HD) English £4.70
DAZN Canada All (125 matches) 720p (HD) English £17.40

LiveScore is the only option that broadcasts every single match live for free. Many of the other popular free options we tested, like RTÉ Player and HRTi, only broadcast one game per week.

We noticed LiveScore uses the same video feed as the premium TNT Sports service, but without the expensive subscription fee. Its video feed is also as current as TNT Sports’ and 22 seconds quicker than Servus TV. When using the latter, we often found that we saw a spoiler about a key moment in the match while multitasking with social media during a game.

LiveScore also offers commentary in English, often featuring familiar commentators such as Peter Drury and Dan O’Hagan. Most of the other free options we used, like ServusTV and M4 Sport, only provided commentary in German and Hungarian respectively.

A collage of overlapping web browser windows showing various UEFA Champions League streaming websites.

We tested free & paid Champions League streaming sites from around the world.

For the paid-for services, Paramount Plus was the best we used, with a cheap price and excellent analysis by recognisable experts, like Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher. However, you can’t sign up for Paramount Plus US with a non-US payment method, making it difficult to access if you don’t live there.

Free Champions League Live Stream Sites to Avoid

Every illegal Champions League streaming site should be avoided in all circumstances. Using them has potentially severe consequences, as they violate copyright law and expose you to malware, viruses, and scams that threaten your online safety and device security.

Though a VPN will prevent your ISP from seeing you’re accessing these sites, it won’t do anything to protect you against phishing scams, and not all VPNs protect against malware and viruses.

Here’s a summary of the most popular free Champions League streaming sites and why you should avoid them:

Free Champions League Streaming Site Reason(s) to Avoid
Reddit Soccer Streams Contains links to sites that contain malware
HesGoal Many pop-up ads, which could contain malware or be part of phishing scams
JokerGuide Flagged as a risk for phishing scams
ROJADIRECTA Lacks HTTPS encryption and flagged as malicious
TOTALSPORTEK Contains malware and clicking links redirects to unsafe websites

As you can see in the screenshot below, we discovered that the free streaming site, Reddit Soccer Streams, contains a prominent and misleading link to a URL that has been flagged as malicious by 5 cybersecurity vendors.

A Reddit Soccer Streams live stream alongside a VirusTotal report flagging a URL as malicious

Our tests show Reddit Soccer Streams contain malicious links.

While these websites are free, the risk is simply not worth it. Instead, access legal free-to-air Champions League sites from other countries using a VPN, like LiveScore in Ireland or ServusTV in Austria.

Doing this won’t break the law and provides a far better user experience, without worrying about streams disappearing suddenly or buffering during peak times.

Best VPNs for Watching the UEFA Champions League

Every legal free Champions League streaming site, including LiveScore, is geo-blocked. With a streaming-optimized VPN, you can spoof your virtual location and access it from anywhere.

Based on our first-hand use and testing, the best VPNs for watching free Champions League matches are:

  1. Private Internet Access: Broad device compatibility, unlimited bandwidth, and a 30-day refund period.
  2. TunnelBear Free: Completely free tier with a limiting 2GB data cap.

You can quickly compare both these VPNs in the table below:

Private Internet Access TunnelBear Free
Works with LiveScore Ireland Yes Yes
Monthly Data Cap Unlimited 2GB
Monthly Price $11.99 Free
Average International Download Speed Loss 14% 15%
Type of Free Access 7-day mobile free trial & 30-day money-back guarantee 100% Free
Official Website

Both VPNs offer multiple servers in Ireland and have always worked to bypass LiveScore’s geo-restrictions and VPN blocks. They also can both be used for free, either through a money-back period or through a completely free subscription.

You can read more in-depth reviews of these VPNs in the sections below.

1. Private Internet Access: Best VPN for Watching the Champions League Online

the Private Internet Access iOS app

Pros Cons
Always works with LiveScore Ireland No entirely free version
Extensive server network in Ireland Less easy-to-use than other top VPNs
Fast download speeds & unlimited bandwidth
Low subscription price
PIA Mace blocks ads on LiveScore

Private Internet Access is the best VPN for accessing live UCL matches for free. It always bypasses LiveScore’s geo-restrictions and it’s available for much cheaper than comparable VPN services.

Unblocking LiveScore Ireland

In our testing, PIA consistently unblocked LiveScore. Unlike previous experiences with VyprVPN and Mullvad, PIA instantly loaded UCL matches without any buffering issues or drops in FPS.

Using PIA VPN to unblock LiveScore and stream the UCL

Private Internet Access unblocked LiveScore every time.

Though the vast majority of top VPNs can access LiveScore, PIA differentiates itself by offering more servers in Ireland than any other VPN. For context, PIA has 132 servers in Ireland, while NordVPN has 50 and IPVanish has just 14. This meant we could switch through numerous Irish IP addresses.

Connection Speeds & Bandwidth

Using the WireGuard protocol, our speed tests revealed a minimal speed loss while connected to far-away PIA servers. We recorded a speed loss of just 14%, meaning our download speeds were always sufficient for Full HD streaming on LiveScore, requiring around 5Mbps.

Additionally, unlike TunnelBear Free, PIA offers unlimited data. We used the VPN to watch multiple Champions League matches each month without having to worry about using up our allowance.

Interface & Device Compatibility

PIA provides apps for desktop, mobile, and Fire TV, which are the only devices you need to use LiveScore everywhere. Though these apps are less easy to use than alternative VPNs, like ExpressVPN and Surfshark, they are feature-rich.

The inclusion of PIA MACE, an effective ad blocker, allowed us to bypass LiveScore’s pre-roll ads, which could sometimes take over a minute to complete. TunnelBear’s ad blocker is not available on mobile or streaming devices.

Pricing & Free Access

Private Internet Access is one of the most affordable top VPN services. It significantly undercuts its competitors, costing just $2.03 per month on its cheapest plan. This is $5 per month less than ExpressVPN and $1 less than NordVPN.

Though it doesn’t offer a permanent free version, PIA offers a 7-day free trial on mobile and a 30-day money-back guarantee elsewhere. This allows you to essentially use the service for free, with a straightforward refund process if requested within the initial 30 days.

2. TunnelBear: Best Free VPN for Watching the Champions League Online

TunnelBear's free app for iOS

Pros Cons
Free with no upfront payment required 2GB monthly data cap
Consistently unblocks LiveScore Ireland No Fire TV app
Simple & user-friendly apps Slightly slower to load live streams
Uses WireGuard and ChaCha20 encryption

TunnelBear is the only completely free VPN that works to access Champions League games on LiveScore Ireland. That said, it imposes a 2GB monthly data cap, so it’s only suitable for watching the occasional match.

Unblocking LiveScore Ireland

We were able to access LiveScore while connected to TunnelBear’s Irish VPN server. However, we did occasionally have to refresh the page or wait over 10 seconds for the video to load.

Using TunnelBear Free to unblock LiveScore and watch the UCL

Using TunnelBear Free, we watched the Champions League for 100% free.

The vast majority of completely free VPNs don’t offer IP addresses from Ireland, including popular options like Windscribe Free and Proton VPN Free. TouchVPN, the only free to have an Irish server, was blocked from accessing LiveScore.

Connection Speeds & Bandwidth

Though fast for a free VPN, the main drawback of TunnelBear is its limited 2GB monthly data cap. This allowance was only enough for us to watch one match and wasn’t enough if the game went to extra time or penalties.

This cap is simply too restrictive, especially during the Champions League’s busy early stages. But it might be suitable for less frequent viewing, such as the latter knockout rounds or if you’re following a specific team.

Interface & Device Compatibility

TunnelBear’s apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android are beginner-friendly and enjoyable to use. One major downside is that, unlike PIA, NordVPN, and many other premium VPNs, TunnelBear doesn’t have an app for Fire TV.

While TunnelBear also doesn’t provide a dedicated VPN app for Apple TV, we were still able to stream matches on it. This is possible because LiveScore streaming does not require the Apple TV itself to be connected to a VPN — only the iOS device used for AirPlay needs to be connected.

Pricing & Free Access

TunnelBear is permanently free and only requires an email address and password to use. You won’t need to provide any payment details and there’s no obligation to pay in the future.

How We Tested & Chose the Best VPNs for Streaming the Champions League

To find the best VPN to access geo-blocked Champions League live streams, we tested 65 options first-hand.

LiveScore website showing an upcoming Arsenal vs Bayern Munich match alongside various VPN services.

We tried accessing UCL live streams on LiveScore while connected to dozens of VPNs.

Here’s the criteria we took into consideration when ranking these VPNs and how we collected the data on each VPN:

1. Compatibility with LiveScore Ireland

  • Test Conducted: Connected to an Irish VPN server and tried streaming from LiveScore.
  • Why It’s Important: Enables free access to Champions League streaming from any location.
  • Optimal Result: Successfully unblocks LiveScore Ireland across all Irish servers.

2. Free-to-Use

  • Test Conducted: Searched for VPNs offering a completely free tier, including those with mobile free trials or money-back guarantees.
  • Why It’s Important: Maximizes the cost benefits of using a VPN with a free Champions League site rather than a local paid Champions League streaming site.
  • Optimal Result: A fully free tier available without the requirement for payment details.

3. Fast Speeds

  • Test Conducted: Conducted in-house speed tests to measure the VPN’s download speeds when connecting to European servers.
  • Why It’s Important: Essential for streaming Champions League matches in Full HD without experiencing buffering or a decrease in frames per second.
  • Optimal Result: Less than 10% loss in download speed when connected to international VPN servers.

4. Wide Device Compatibility

  • Test Conducted: Installed and tested the VPN’s applications across various devices, focusing on compatibility with desktop, mobile, and Fire TV for LiveScore.
  • Why It’s Important: To ensure the VPN can unblock Champions League matches on the viewer’s device of choice, including Firestick.
  • Optimal Result: Intuitive and user-friendly applications available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Fire TV.

5. Private Logging Policy & Strong Security Features

  • Test Conducted: We thoroughly reviewed the VPNs’ privacy policies and rigorously tested their security features.
  • Why It’s Important: Many free VPNs pose privacy risks as some collect and sell user data.
  • Optimal Result: Adherence to a strict no-logs policy with advanced encryption, alongside reliable security features such as a kill switch and IP leak protection.