If you’re based in the USA and missing Premiership football then there’s no need to miss out. In this interconnected world there’s lots of ways to keep in touch with all the Premiership action. The most common method is to watch via your TV, satellite or cable subscription.
In the US, the Premier league rights are held by NBC Sports Group which airs every match directly on it’s NBC channels. You can also access these channels on other site, as they are also broadcast on other streaming and cable services. However although these used to be all free, now you’ll have to subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold pass to watch every match.
Much of this is due to the increasing popularity of ‘soccer’ in the US. Something likely to continue with the announcement of David Beckham’s new team which will further increase it’s reach and scope in the USA. However for many soccer fans, the Premiership remains the most attractive viewing especially with many ex-pats living and working in the USA.
So how else can you access the Premiership football? Well a great alternative and one that’s available completely free of charge is to tap into the BBC’s coverage. The BBC has a flagship football show called Match of the Day which is the oldest football show in the world. It doesn’t have live games any more but has extensive highlight coverage of virtually every game in the Premiership.
Here’s how you can watch it online from the USA or indeed anywhere in the world – Watch Premiership Football in USA
As you can see, although the BBC and it’s extensive online website – BBC iPlayer is normally only available in the United Kingdom, there’s a simple workaround. All you need to do is use a VPN which can give you a UK IP address and everything is completely accessible. Match of the Day broadcasts live on Saturday night at around 10:30 GMT and on Sunday evening for it’s next show Match of the Day Two. It’s also repeated on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM GMT which might work out easier for many North Americans.
If you don’t catch the shows live then you can also watch them on the BBC archives which are stored on BBC iPlayer. Again just use a UK IP address to watch on there. Most shows are stored for 12 months on the archive although you should be aware that the football matches are only available for about a week before they are removed. This is due to the rather complicated licensing rights for the Premier League highlights.
Summary – you can watch Premiership Football in the USA, simply by using a VPN to change you IP address to a UK one. Then connect to the site as normal and you will be able to watch the football on Match of the day.