FA Cup live stream: When the final is, who is playing, and how to watch online
Steeped in tradition and sporting romance, the FA Cup remains the footballing world's most famous domestic knockout tournament. Read on to find out how to get an FA Cup live stream and watch matches from this season's tournament online from anywhere.
While it may have lost its top-tier tournament status and priority with managers in England in recent years to the Premier League, the "magic of the cup" remains for fans and players alike.
Much of what makes it special comes from the fact that any team from the top 10 tiers of English soccer are eligible to take part, offering the dream of a trip to Wembley for the showpiece final for lower league opposition.
While the chances of FA Cup glory are now somewhat remote for smaller clubs (you'd have to go all the way back to 1980 and West Ham's shock win over Arsenal for the last time a team outside of the top division lifted the tournament's famous jug-like trophy), the tournament does nevertheless continue to throw up giant-killing results and the prospect of superstar Premier League stars battling out against far less storied opposition in the confines of more humble stadiums on less than elite-level pitches.
London club Arsenal is the most successful club in the tournament, having notched 14 titles, with former boss Arsène Wenger the most successful manager in the history of the competition, having seen his team lift the trophy on seven occasions.
The Gunners extended their FA Cup haul (Man United currently sit second in the most wins table with 10 triumphs) by winning last year's tournament after a surprise 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola's much-fancied Man City, though Mikel Arteta's men won't retain the trophy after being knocked out in the fourth round this year by Southampton.
After defeating favorites Man City at the semi-final stage, London club Chelsea are now odds-on to win the tournament. The Pensioners have a final date with Leicester City after the Foxes eliminated Southampton.
Read on for full details on how to get a live stream of this year's FA Cup matches no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.
FA Cup final: Where and when?
After an enthralling semi-final stage, we're down to the final two teams in this season's FA Cup. The showpiece final takes place at the iconic Wembley stadium in London on May 15.
- Leicester City vs Chelsea: Saturday, 15 May 2021 — 5:15pm BST / 12:15pm ET
Watch the FA Cup online from outside your country
We have details of all the U.S., UK, Australian, and Canadian broadcasters of the FA Cup further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching matches from this season's tournament but find yourself away from home then you'll likely run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it's likely to be geo-blocked.
That's where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allow you to virtually change the IP of your laptop, tablet, or mobile to one that's back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.
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How to stream the FA Cup live in the UK
Coverage of this iconic tournament this year was once again shared between subscription service BT Sport and free-to-air public service broadcaster BBC.
For the final, both broadcasters are showing the game live so you can watch Leicester vs Chelsea on BT Sport or the BBC. For streaming, you'll therefore be able to use the BT Sport app or watch for free via BBC iPlayer.
While you can watch the BBC's coverage for free, you'll need to have BT Sport as part of your TV package or you can purchase a BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) for £25 per month, which lets anyone tune in to BT Sport on a month-by-month basis. Now TV devices are supported, as are PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Apple TV, Chromecast Ultra, and selected Smart TVs.
Watch FA Cup football on BT Sport plus plenty more exclusive football and other sports coverage. A monthly pass costs £25.
How to watch the FA Cup online in the U.S.
ESPN has exclusive broadcast rights to the 2020/21 FA Cup. Matches will be shown on its ESPN+ streaming service.
If you find yourself unable to access ESPN's coverage because you're out of the country, remember that you can use a VPN to tune into your usual coverage just like you would at home. Of the many options, ExpressVPN as outlined above, remains one of the best services currently out there.
How to stream the 2020/21 FA Cup live in Canada
Sportsnet is the rightsholder for live FA Cup games throughout the course of the competition.
If you're already a Sportsnet subscriber as part of your TV package, you can stream Sportsnet online at no extra charge. The network is also available on a streaming-only basis with plans starting from just C$9.99 a month.
Live stream the 20/21 FA Cup live in Australia
If you're planning on watching matches from this season's FA Cup in Australia, then you'll need to have access to ESPN as they own the rights to competition Down Under. The network is available as part of most Foxtel TV packages, you can also access ESPN just as easily via Kayo Sports (opens in new tab).
The over-the-top service will let you stream loads of top-level sport, including Spain's La Liga and F1 motor racing, all for the very reasonable price of just AU$25 per month for a basic package, or AU$35 a month for the premium offering. Better still, Kayo Sports is contract-free and offers a 14-day FREE TRIAL for newcomers to the service.
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