The 2015 Women’s World Cup kicked off in Canada over the weekend, and USA—considered by many as the favorite to win the tournament outright—has its first match on Monday, June 8, versus Australia. It’s become standard for fans to find it costly, complicated, or both to watch major sporting events like the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the Mayweather-Pacquaio boxing match, and last summer’s Men’s World Cup in Brazil, and the women’s tournament is no exception. We’re here to help sort out the options and point out that much of the Women’s World Cup can be viewed without spending a dime.
FOX Sports has the English-language rights to broadcast the tournament in the U.S. A total of 16 matches will be aired on plain old FOX, including the tournament championship match, the third-place match, and half of the quarterfinals and semifinals. The FOX network is free if you have an HDTV antenna or a pay TV package that includes the big networks. For instance, the Sweden-Nigeria matchup at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, June 8, is being broadcast on FOX, as are Team USA’s matches against Sweden on Friday, June 12, and versus Nigeria on Tuesday, June 16.
However, most other matches, including USA’s June 8 showdown against Australia, are being broadcast on the FOX cable channel FS1, and a few are on FS2, another pay channel. If you’re a subscriber to a traditional pay TV package, all you have to do to watch is tune in to the right channel.
If you clicked on this story, though, let’s assume you’re not a pay TV subscriber, and that you’re looking for some other way to watch—without paying a cable bill, of course. Here are the options:
Download the FOX Sports Go app and you can stream Women’s World Cup action live. The only catch is a rather big one: You must have a pay TV subscription to use the app. Nonsubscribers have the option of paying for a different app, Fox Soccer2Go, which costs $19.99 per month or $100 for a year. The women’s tournament championship is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, so you should only need to pay for one month to catch the entire World Cup. Note that if you don’t cancel, you’ll keep getting charged month after month.
Streaming Pay TV Package
Perhaps the arrival of the Women’s World Cup is all the justification you need to sign up for PlayStation Vue, the cloud-based service from Sony that allows subscribers to stream dozens of pay TV channels without a cable bill, through a game console system. Unlike Sling TV, the Dish Network’s $20 streaming service that includes ESPN and other pay TV channels but doesn’t come with FOX pay channels or any major networks, PlayStation Vue packages have most of the networks (including FOX) and sports pay TV channels like NBC Sports and FOX Sports.
The price of such a package starts at around $50 a month. But if you live in Chicago, New York City, or Philadelphia, you can test out the service with a free seven-day trial. Speaking of which, for the time being, the service is only available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia. Here’s the list of channels you’ll get with a package in New York City.
Watch in Spanish
Telemundo, a free over-the-air station in much of the country, is broadcasting 10 World Cup matches in Spanish—including the June 9 Colombia-Mexico match and the June 10 and France vs. Colombia on June 13. Most other matches can be viewed with Spanish commentary via NBC Universo, a pay TV channel, or the NBC Deportes website or app. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that viewers needed to sign in with a pay TV account to stream via NBCDeportes.com. But it looks like this step is unnecessary in some instances. We were able to successfully stream the Sweden-Nigeria match on the site in a web browser (in Spanish) on Monday afternoon without signing in or providing proof of a pay TV subscription.
Listen on Satellite Radio
There will be no traditional radio broadcast of the tournament in the U.S., but Sirius XM subscribers will be able to listen to channel 94 to follow all of USA’s matches with live play-by-play simulcasts of the FOX Sports broadcasts.