Where Can I Watch Live Matches Online For Free?

Justin Pot 04-04-2013

watch live matchesDon’t miss a moment of your favorite team, regardless of whether their games are broadcast in your area. A variety of sites around the web can serve you (legally questionable) streams of every live match you can imagine. Stop Googling only to find dead ends, malware and sadness. Go to these sites first and find what you’re looking for quickly so you can watch live matches online, right now.


….is what I would say if I condoned piracy. I don’t. These links are here purely to make an academic point: it’s incredibly easy to watch live matches you want to, if you know where on the web to look. A large group of people work to make this possible, providing illegal streams to the web regardless of the legal consequences. Here’s how to find their streams. I leave it up to the reader to figure out whether watching such streams is legal in your jurisdiction.

I’ve shown you how to watch sports not broadcast in your country How To Watch Sports Not Broadcast In Your Country Read More , but many of the services linked to there are no more. Consider this an updated list – and be sure to check the comments for even more links. Most streams work with Flash alone, but some will require certain software. Check the second section to learn where to find it.

Where To Watch Live Matches Online

The Wiziwig forum is a great place to start any search for a live stream. Browse the categories to find the sport you’re looking for, then check the latest post to find live streams. Streamers typically let the forum know which matches they’ll be broadcasting and where to find them.

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If you’re looking for something a little more straight forward – though perhaps slightly lower in quality – check out FirstRow Sports. This site offers a schedule for the day that includes every game in a variety of sports. Click the game you want to watch and you’ll have multiple options for watching it.


SportLemon is a similar site with a schedule. Simple. AllSport-Live is a Russian site offering streams for many sports. You’ll see a schedule of all upcoming games. StreamHunter [Broken URL Removed] is another popular destination for finding streams. A variety of sports are covered; currently live games are highlighted on the main screen.

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LiveSoccerTV specializes in one sport: rugby. Not really: this is a soccer site, with games from around the world.

Software You Might Need

As you explore these sites you’ll notice that most requires Adobe’s flash in order to work. Some don’t, however – they instead use different browser plugins altogether. It’s worth installing these plugins, because streams that use these services tend to be higher quality.


One such program is Sopcast. It’s a peer-to-peer protocol for streaming video, meaning that you’re offering the stream to others as you watch. This means there will be a delay while watching, but it also means the quality of the stream can be quite high without a lot of cost for the person offering the stream. There’s a browser plugin for Mac and Windows users, and third party Sopcast clients for Linux Use Sopcast To Get Real-Time Streaming With TV Maxe [Linux] Play Sopcast streams on your Linux computer, easily. With a built-in playlist including several big TV networks and support for Sopcast and other video streaming services, TV Maxe provides Linux with a better sopcasting experience... Read More if you know where to look.

You may run across other programs, such as StreamTorrent or Veetle. Wiziwig offers a great outline of such software [No Longer Available], so check that out for links and explanations.

Oh, and while I’m talking about software, check out XBMC if you have the time. There’s a plugin for XBMC called Sports Devil 5 Amazing Add-Ons for the XBMC Media Center Make XBMC even better by adding these amazing add-ons. Whether you're into TV, sports or gaming, these plugins will help you get the most out of your television. Last time, I lamented the end of... Read More , and it gives you a remote-friendly interface for browsing a variety of the sites mentioned above.

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I’ve also outlined how to watch TV shows on XBMC Watch TV Shows on XBMC With These Add-Ons Do you love TV? Then you also love XBMC, even if you don't know it yet. The ultimate media center software offers a wide variety of ways for you to catch up with your favorite... Read More , if you’re interested. Read our XBMC manual How to Set Up Your XBMC Media Center XBMC may have evolved into Kodi, but if you have an old version installed this guide will help you set it up and get started. Read More if you’re not sure where to begin with this software.

Legal Alternatives

Of course, there are legal alternatives. If you live in the United States, and you have a cable subscription, you should check out ESPN 3 – it regularly features all sorts of sporting events from around the country.

We’ve outlined similar services in the past – showing you how to watch live college football for free How To Watch Live College Football Online For Free! Read More or where to legally watch the Euro 2012 football championships for free, so stay tuned to MakeUseOf for more instructions like this as major events approach.

Finally, many leagues now let you pay for online access – especially if you live outside their usual jurisdiciton. I, for example, allow the Toronto Maple Leafs to continue abusing my emotions by paying for NHL Gamecenter. I can watch out-of-market games, live or delayed. Most major leagues offer equivalent services at this point, and while they’re not always cheap they are more affordable then their respective cable packages.


How will you watch live matches of the teams you love? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Amir Meta
    April 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    also there is an add-on for chrome that allows you to watch CBS and others online!

  2. emr3
    April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    just google myp2p! you'll see every sports online

  3. Chris Marcoe
    April 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

    "Stop Googling only to find dead ends, malware and sadness."

    As someone who has cut the cord to cable/satellite TV, I hate it at game time when i can't find a feed. I even missed the SUPERBOWL!!! So, here's to Justin Pot for being AWESOME!!

    • justinpot
      April 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      You could have gotten the Superbowl with a simple antenna...higher quality than these. Just so you know.

    • justinpot
      April 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      But seriously: thanks for the comment. Made my day.

      • Chris Marcoe
        April 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        thank you for this great post. I actually used it yesterday to watch the refs beat Wichita state..

  4. Patrick Stephens
    April 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Hey the Leafs are in line for a playoff spot this year. At least they finally got rid of Burke and his maddening personnel moves. I'm an Islander fan so I feel your pain.

    • justinpot
      April 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I'm excited about the playoff spot, that's for sure. It's been too long. Sorry about the Islanders. Maybe they'll win when they move to Brooklyn.

      • dragonmouth
        April 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        "Sorry about the Islanders. Maybe they’ll win when they move to Brooklyn."

        Don't write them off yet. They still can sneak past the Rangers for the 8th spot at least.

        • justinpot
          April 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

          Here's hoping.

        • Patrick Stephens
          April 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

          As of today the Islanders are looking good for a playoff spot. I'm not counting on it yet but they are 3 points ahead of 9th place and if they keep playing like this, a playoff spot might be in the cards. Fingers crossed here.

        • justinpot
          April 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          Did you see Winnipeg jumped from third to ninth? The southeast is pathetic this year...