How to Watch the FIFA 2014 World Cup Online for Free

world cup 2014The world’s biggest soccer tournament, the FIFA 2014 World Cup, will be held in Brazil this year. Ticket sales are off the charts!

This World Cup event will kick off in June 12 and lasts until until 13 July. There will be 32 teams from all over the world competing for the coveted prize, the World Cup tropy. What’s your favorite team? Who’s gonna win it all?

For many of us who are not lucky enough to get tickets or be able to travel to Brazil to watch the matches live, we can still follow the tournament on TV or online.

According to a survey conducted by YUME, most people in the US are expected to watch the World Cup on their smart phone or tablet devices.

You can catch your favorite match-ups by following the full match calendar here.

In the US, you can  watch all 64 matches on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone via WatchESPN and ESPN3, but only if you have cable subscription.

But what if you don’t have cable subscription and want to watch the World Cup online?

So is there a way to watch the world cup online for free?

World Cup Draw

Watch BBC’s Coverage of the World Cup Online for Free

If you prefer BBC’s coverage and want to get live streaming of the World Cup for free, you can  watch the World Cup with the BBC iPlayer or iTV. The BBC’s soccer commentary is much better than the US I believe.

Additionally, all BBC content will be available on demand through BBC iPlayer if you happen to miss the live matches.

The iPlayer is the internet media streaming service for BBC. Note that only those with a UK IP address can access BBC and iTV services due to GeoLocation IP blocking. Luckily, getting a U.K. IP address is quite easy.

To get a UK IP address, you can download our Hotspot Shield VPN app and use our HSS Elite VPN service to connect to a VPN server in the U.K. Hotspot Shield will then assign you a U.K. IP address and you can access the BBC iPlayer  as if you are residing in the U.K. Just make sure that you have fast broadband connection.

If you happen to be streaming the World Cup at a public WiFi hotspot, the good news is that Hotspot Shield will protect and secure your device, preventing hackers from stealing your sensitive information.

Hotspot Shield has support for multiple devices and platforms so you can watch the World Cup via BBC on your Mac laptop, Windows PC, Android tablet, or iOS smartphone.

Step by Step Instruction on How to Connect to BBC to Watch the World Cup via Hotspot Shield

1)Go to and download Hotspot Shield. Once it’s installed, it will turn on and connect automatically.

Hotspot Shield Installed

2. To be able to access the videos on BBC iPlayer, you will need to change your virtual location to United Kingdom. On the Hotspot Shield interface, select United Kingdom in the dropdown menu next to Virtual Location.

UK Virtual Location

3. Now, you’re connected to the Internet virtually from the UK. To verify that you are virtually located in the UK, visit You will see that you have a UK IP address and your location is in the UK.

UK IP Address

4. Go to and go to any video that you would like to play and you will see that you are able to watch them. All World Cup games will be available online here. Enjoy!

Need Technical Support or Have Questions?

If you have difficulties using Hotspot Shield and need support or have questions, refer to the resources below:

World Cup Give Away – Win Some Cool Prizes

Throughout the duration of the World Cup event, AnchorFree will be hosting 3 consecutive giveaways on our Facebook page. You can enter  the contest via our Facebook page for the chance to win a PS4 console, a FIFA14 game and a Hotspot Shield Elite 1 year license.

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23 Responses to How to Watch the FIFA 2014 World Cup Online for Free

  1. Fred May 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Just bought the HSS Elite VPN service and it looks great, can’t wait for the world cup to start!

  2. Micheal
    Micheal May 30, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    I definitely recommend this article: learn how to get access to all the World Cup games via Hotspot Shield. Turn Hotspot Shield “ON” to unblock geo-restricted content. It’s very simple, if I am outside the UK, by switching my virtual location to UK I can instantly access British content like BBC iPlayer and ITV player. And as a result, get access to the best coverage of the FIFA World Cup! So excited! Aren’t you?

  3. Michael May 31, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    You”re a lifesaver! I canceled my cable last year and was wondering how I would watch the games. Thank you!

  4. Peter Lee June 9, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Does this work if I’m staying in other countries other than The US?

    • Peter Nguyen June 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

      Hi Peter,
      Yes. This work if you’re staying in other countries. As long as there’s fast internet connection wherever you are, you can connect to our server in the U.K., which gives you a U.K. IP address. This allows you to access BBC’s live coverage of the World Cup.

  5. E.H June 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    I just want to confirm that your service will in fact allow the streaming of world cup matches for those in the United States. I had read lately that some streaming services have started blocking vpn IP’s.

    • Peter Nguyen June 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi. Yes, you can use our service to get streaming of World Cup matches for those in the US. But only through BBC, as mentioned in the article.

  6. Prateek Bansal June 10, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    I am from India can I also watch it for free. Please let me know.

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci June 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      Hi Prateek,
      Yes. This work if you’re staying in other countries like India. As long as there’s fast internet connection wherever you are, you can connect to our server in the U.K., which gives you a U.K. IP address. This allows you to access BBC and ITV’s live coverage of the World Cup. If you have any other question, Hotspot Shield support team is here to help, available at

  7. Al June 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Hi I downloaded Hotspot Shield VPN app and installed it. But I don’t understand the rest of your steps. Can you please explain the steps so I know where to go and how to do it. I’m not really good with computer terminology. Thank “..and use our HSS Elite VPN service to connect to a VPN server in the U.K. Hotspot Shield will then assign you a U.K. IP address and you can access the BBC iPlayer as if you are residing in the U.K.”

    • Peter Nguyen June 12, 2014 at 12:24 am #

      Hi there, I just included the step by step instructions.

  8. Sho June 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Is this safe and legal? Will my ISP block my connection if they find out I am using VPN to access restricted content?

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci June 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      Hi Sho, this is Levent from the Hotspot Shield Team. Legality depends on the country where the user is from. In the US, there are no legality issues around VPN usage. Hope this helps. If you have any other question, we are here to help: email us at

  9. Alex June 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    So this seems helpful, until you get to the BBC site and realize that they DO NOT live stream the matches. Just live text updates. Pointless, really, but I guess you get several people to try out your VPN service. Congratulations! False advertising, lovely.

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci June 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Actually, the World Cup live coverage is shared between UK’s 2 major channels, which are BBC and ITV. All games are streamed online live though some are on BBC and some others on ITV player. Both online players are accessible outside the UK via Hotspot Shield Elite.

  10. Al Chino June 13, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    How can I change my virtual location to UK ?

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci June 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      You can change your virtual location only via Hotspot Shield Elite (the premium version of Hotspot Shield). Once you are connected, you will have to click the Sign In button. This will then open the Account page to Sign In. Enter your username and password and submit. The client will then disconnect and reconnect and upgrade you to Elite. You can now select the location of your choice. Hope this help! Otherwise, the HSS support team is available to help at

  11. Terri June 14, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    Hi there, if I download Hotshield Elite can I use this on any laptop or PC or does it only work on the machine it was downloaded onto? Its just that I am about to change my Laptop but I wanted to download HSE now before I get the new one and don’t want to not be able to use the shield on the new laptop. Does this make any sense to you? Sorry!

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci June 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Terri, Hotspot Shield is available on desktop (Mac & Windows) and also smartphones (Android & iOS). And with Hotspot Shield Elite you can link up to 5 devices to your account. *Sorry for the late reply*

  12. Jen June 20, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    BRILLIANT… thanks SO much! Now I can also watch my favourite BBC programmes in addition to proper coverage of FIFA!

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