How to watch the FIFA World Cup abroad

Russia World Cup 2018

The World Cup is the best Football event in the, well, world! In this guide I'm going to show you the super easy way you can watch all the World Cup action abroad from any country.

So if you're travelling outside the UK or you're not even from the UK and you want to watch the best World Cup coverage live then this guide is for you.

If you're as excited to watch the World Cup that I and many others are then you won't want to miss a second of the action. Whether that's following your country's progression through the tournament or watching many of the other nations take part.

In this guide I'll show you how you can watch on a regular computer or laptop, a tablet or phone or even a Smart TV.

Where is the World Cup being shown

The best coverage of the World Cup can be found on the British channels the BBC and ITV.

Between these two channels, they have full coverage of the 2018 World Cup showing every match. They'll also be simultaneously streaming the matches live online on their online services, BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

If you're in the UK you can simply visit their websites to watch but if you're outside the UK you'll need to follow my steps below because you'll be blocked.

How to watch on a computer, tablet or mobile

If you want to watch the World Cup on your computer, tablet or mobile and you're outside the UK you'll need to get an app called a VPN.

A VPN will allow you to change your online location and make it appear as if you're in the UK regardless of where you really are.

There are many VPN companies but the best for watching the World Cup are:

  1. NordVPN
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. VyprVPN

Which I've tested as working. Just follow the simple steps below to get a VPN and to use it to watch the World Cup.

  1. Visit your chosen VPN provider, I recommend NordVPN and sign up for their service. If you sign up for a year with NordVPN you can use the code VPNCOMP17 to get 30% off.
  2. Once you've signed up go to the VPN Apps section of their website and download the correct app for your device type. You can also install their mobile/tablet apps from your regular app store.
  3. When the app is installed open it and login with your account details when required. These are the details you created when you signed up.
  4. On the world map locate the United Kingdom and click on it. It should connect for you but if not click the Connect button.


Now you're connected any websites will think that you're in the UK rather than in the country you're really in.

All that's left to do is visit either the BBC iPlayer website or the ITV Hub website where you'll be able to watch the World Cup live.

The matches are being split between both channels so you should check further below in this guide for the full schedule and what channel the match is on.

See my example video below showing you how easy it is:

What to do if you don't have the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub app:

It's easiest to watch on a computer or laptop because apart from the VPN app you don't need any further apps.

However, if you want to watch on your tablet or mobile then you'll need the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apps. If you don't already have these installed and you're outside the UK abroad then it's unlikely you can install them directly from your app store.

You should try to install them directly from your app store but if that doesn't work you'll need to follow these steps.


  1. Go to the Settings area and then Security on your Android device. Look for the option that allows you to install apps from unknown sources and enable it. If you have a newer Android device you may not have this option so can skip this step.
  2. Now you'll need to download the BBC iPlayer app from : and the ITV Hub app from : Just type the two web addresses into the web browser on your mobile devices.
  3. Now navigate to the Downloads section on your Android device and click on the two downloaded files to install them.

Apple iOS:

To watch on an iPhone or iPad you'll need to follow our dedicated guide on how to install apps outside their intended country.

You should now follow the steps from earlier to use the VPN and then you can watch on the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apps.

How to watch the World Cup on a Smart TV

If you've got a Smart TV and it has the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apps already installed on it or you're able to install them from your app store then you can also watch the World Cup abroad outside the UK.

For this, you'll need to get yourself a service called ‘SmartDNS‘ that allows you to disguise your location so you appear in the UK.

The best two options are to use StrongVPN or SmartDNSProxy. Both do the same, they're just services offered by two different companies. I prefer StrongVPN because I find them to work slightly better but the choice is yours.

Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Visit your chosen SmartDNS provider, for example, StrongVPN and sign up for their service.
  2. Once you've signed up go to the StrongDNS Members Area and select the region that is physically nearest to your real location, then press Save.StrongVPN SmartDNS Region
  3. You'll notice two sections Primary and Secondary DNS. Write down the two sets of numbers you see here.
  4. On your Smart TV go to the Settings and Network area and edit the DNS Settings to match those numbers that you wrote down.
  5. Save the settings and restart your TV if required.

You can now open the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub apps on your Smart TV and watch the World Cup abroad from any country.

If you can't locate the correct options on your Smart TV, StrongDNS has a whole host of Set Up guides in their Members Area to show you the steps.

World Cup Schedule

The full list of Last 16 matches, what date, time and channel they're on can be seen below. Just connect to your VPN or SmartDNS service and then visit the correct channel to watch the match live.

  • Sat June 30: France v Argentina – Kazan, 3 pm
  • Sat June 30: Uruguay v Portugal – Sochi, 7 pm
  • Sun July 1: Spain v Russia – Moscow (Luzhniki), 3 pm
  • Sun July 1: Croatia v Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod, 7 pm
  • Mon July 2: Brazil v Mexico – Samara, 3 pm
  • Mon July 2: Belgium v Japan- Rostov-on-Don, 7 pm
  • Tues July 3: Sweden v Switzerland – St Petersburg 3 pm
  • Tues July 3: Colombia v England – Moscow (Spartak), 7 pm
  • Fri July 6: Uruguay v France, 3 pm
  • Fri July 6: Brazil v Belgium, 7 pm
  • Sat July 7: Sweden v England, 3 pm
  • Sat July 7: Russia v Croatia, 7 pm

When is the World Cup 2018 taking place

The World Cup 2018 is taking place in Russia and kicks off on 14th June with the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The group stages will run until the 28th June when the competition will turn into a knock-out at which teams get one shot before being knocked out or progressing to the next round.

The Final will take place on the 15th July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Germany is the current title holders after winning the World Cup in 2014 but this year there are a host of teams who are possible winners. Predicted 2018 World Cup winners include current title holders Germany with Spain and Brazil also favourites.

How to watch the World Cup abroad Recap

To watch the World Cup on most devices like a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile you'll need to get yourself a VPN app.

You can get one by clicking the button below. A VPN allows you to disguise your location so you can appear in the UK and watch on the BBC or ITV who will be showing all the matches.

Once you've got a VPN service, download their app for your device, connect to the UK and then head over to the channel showing the match.

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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