How to watch the FA Cup Final abroad online

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It's the time of year again for the biggest cup game in English football. Yes, that's right the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea is set to take place on Saturday 1st August, 2020.

The FA Cup always throws up surprises and gives those lower league teams a chance to battle it out with the big boys. This year Arsenal kept Man City at bay with a 2-0 win with Chelsea crushing Man Utd in 3-1 defeat the day following.

The FA Cup Final will be shown live on BBC 1 in the UK and online on BBC iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer is restricted to UK viewers. So if you're living or travelling abroad or even just from another country we've created this guide to show you how you can watch the FA Cup Final abroad online on BBC iPlayer.

What you will need to view

When you visit the BBC iPlayer website it checks your internet connection to see what country you're in. If you're in the UK then it allows you to view and you can watch the FA Cup Final without issue.

If you're outside the UK then it can determine this and so blocks you. iPlayer uses what is known as your IP Address that is a set of numbers unique to you at the time of connection and from this can tell you're not in the UK.

Luckily a service exists called a VPN or Virtual Private Network to give it the long complicated name. A VPN allows you to alter your IP Address to that of another country and so allows you to give the impression that you're somewhere else.

To watch the FA Cup Final on BBC iPlayer you'll want to appear as if you're in the UK and with a VPN you can do this with just one or two clicks.

First you need to sign up with a VPN provider. There are a lot to choose from and many can be compared in our handy VPN Comparison Guide.

If you have a busy lifestyle and you don't have time to be comparing the vast array of providers – and let's face it, who does? there are thousands! then three providers we do recommend and have tested extensively are below.

Not only do they score highly in our VPN reviews they're also fast and for streaming video fast is essential.

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. CyberGhost VPN
  3. NordVPN

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How to use the VPN to stream the final

I personally use ExpressVPN because they offer their services across a range of devices.

So if you have a Windows PC, Mac, Android phone or tablet or even an iPhone or iPad they have software and apps that will allow you to connect to the UK and watch the FA Cup live online.

Once you've signed up download the required software or app and then connect to a United Kingdom server.

On the ExpressVPN desktop software this can be done by selecting their “United Kingdom” option.

Then press Connect. Once connected visit BBC iPlayer and enjoy watching the FA Cup live.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Unlock the FA Cup anywhere using ExpressVPN.

Other providers offer similar software and apps and as long as you connect to a UK server it'll work without issue.

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When is the FA Cup on and who will win

The FA Cup takes place on Saturday 1st August 2020 and will kick off expected to be at 17:30 BST in the UK. That's 16:30 UTC/GMT,  18:30 in Central Europe, 02:30 AEST (20th) in Australia and 12:30 in New York, USA.

The BBC will have coverage of the FA Cup all day showing historical matches, having commentary on the teams and whole host of other informative stuff that you'll be able to view from anywhere in the world when using a VPN.

Who will win is a more difficult question to answer.

On paper, Chelsea may be expected to win especially after crushing Man Utd in the Semi Final. However Arsenal made light worked of premier league second placed Man City so it's a difficult one to call.

No matter who finally carries the FA Cup trophy home, one guarantee is it will be an exciting football match and being able to watch the FA Cup abroad online will keep your Saturday highly entertaining.

Summary

Whether you're a Gunners fan or a fan of Chelsea you won't want to miss this match.

There will be no fans at Wembley so your only choice is to watch a live stream. If you're not in the UK this can be difficult.

So grab the ExpressVPN app and stream the whole game whatever country you're in.

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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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