There’s an odd rule in the UK that prevents any live football being shown on TV between 3pm-5pm on a Saturday. Here we show you how you can get around this ban and watch EVERY Premier League game. Best of all, the workaround will work all season and costs less than a Sky Sports and/or BT Sport subscription. Continue reading to find out how to watch 3pm kickoffs in the UK.
(Update 2020): Previously, you could use a VPN to sign up to beIN Sports NZ with a debit or credit card from any country. However, beIN Sports has lost the broadcasting rights to the EPL this year to Spark Sport. And Spark Sport only lets users with a card that’s registered in New Zealand card subscribe. So unless you know a friendly Kiwi, you’re stuck.
Fortunately, Fubo still accept cards from outside the US. Follow the steps below to watch all 3 o’clock kick-offs in the UK.
How to watch 3pm kick-offs: Quick guide
Here’s what you need to do. In this exact order.
- ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) or Ivacy (£1.74/month) or NordVPN (£3.02/month)
- Install VPN app
- Open the VPN app and connect to a server in the US
- Go to Fubo.tv
- Sign up for 7-day free trial (use a MasterCard or PayPal and enter a fake US Zip Code)
- Watch 3pm Premier League kickoffs
Note: Fubo.TV is an online cable subscription. So you’re getting much more than just access to the Premier League stream. Sign up to Fubo.tv and you’re getting access to the EPL, Champions League, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLS, NFL, MLB, PGA Tour and heaps more. Plus TV shows and films.
(Option 2) Spark Sport, New Zealand
Cheaper if you have access to an NZ credit card…
- Get ExpressVPN (£5.13/month), Ivacy (£1.74/month) or NordVPN (£3.02/month)
- Install NordVPN app
- Open the NordVPN app and connect to a server in New Zealand
- Go to Spark Sports (£10/month)
- Sign up for 7-day free trial (use a MasterCard or Visa)
- Watch 3pm Premier League kickoffs
See: How to stream Spark Sports outside on NZ for more info.
Why can’t I watch 3pm games in the UK?
The rationale behind the Saturday 3pm football bans makes sense. It’s a rule that’s been put in place by the FA to encourage fans to support their local teams rather than staying in to watch a top-flight game on TV at 3pm.
The direct (or indirect) result is that all four Football leagues in the UK have higher attendances than anywhere else in Europe. And not just by a little bit. By a huge margin.
How to watch 3pm Premier League kickoffs in the UK?
If you want to watch 3pm Premier League games in the UK, you’re going to need two things.
1. A really good VPN
The first thing you need to do is spoof your internet connection to make it appear as if you’re in the either New Zealand or the US – depending on which option you choose above.
Either way, you need a good VPN for this.
If you want the very best VPN speeds, I suggest you spend a couple of extra quid and get ExpressVPN (£5.13/month). ExpressVPN is a premium VPN service that delivers unrivalled speeds and world-class privacy.
2. An overseas sports subscription
The next thing you need is a subscription to an overseas sports package.
We recommend using the US online cable TV service Fubo.tv. It’s x3 more expensive than the Kiwi option, but it works with non-US cards, and gives you access to full Cable as well. Click here for a Fubo.tv 7-day FREE trial (then £30/month)
Alternatively, New Zealand’s Spark Sports (£10/month). Click here for a 7-week free trial (then £10/month).
With these two things, you’ll be able to stream EVERY Premier League Fixture, including 3pm games on a Saturday. And the monthly price of a VPN (£3-£5/month) + overseas subscription (£10-£30) is still much cheaper than a single subscription to Sky Sports and/or BT Sport.
Which VPN should I use?
There are only two VPNs that we recommend you use with Fubo.tv and Spark Sport.
ExpresssVPN is (normally) the best VPN you can buy.
The first thing you need to know about this VPN is that it’s fast. Really fast! It consistently tops our independent VPN speed tests, with blazingly fast download/upload speeds. And importantly, it ALWAYS has servers that are open with major streaming sites such as Fubo.tv, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go and BBC iPlayer.
This is partly because ExpressVPN is one of the best services at playing Cat and Mouse with online streaming sites. Whenever one of its servers is blacklisted it creates a new one. Giving users a constant stream of servers that work with iPlayer.
The app is easy-to-use and free to download on pretty much any device you can think of. Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, FireStick, Android TV, Roku, PS4, Xbox, Linux, even Apple TV. It’s got it all covered.
ExpressVPN is a little more expensive than the other VPNs on this list that still work with online streaming sites. But if you can afford it, it’s totally worth it.
(Enjoy 3 months free when you sign up for a year!)
Ivacy is relatively new on the scene. However, it’s the best VPN for unlocking beIN Sports NZ. It’s also currently the most reliable for watching US Netflix and BBC iPlayer from outside the UK.
That’s not all. Ivacy has recently topped several respected VPN speed tests. Including ours.
How is Ivacy achieving this? Good question. And the answer is simple. Ivacy isn’t reinventing the wheel with its VPN technology. It’s based on the same set up as PureVPN and many others. The difference is that Ivacy seems to have invested more in its infrastructure, which has brought it the obvious benefits of speed and reliability.
With subscription prices as low as (£1.74/month), we think this is the best VPN for watching 3 PM kickoffs in the UK.
Click here to get Ivacy for £1.74/month!
How to watch Fubo.tv App on Android?
If you’re outside of the US and you want to watch your FuboTV package on your phone or tablet, then downloading the official app is difficult. Google Play will only let you access the US app store if you have an American debit/credit card and you relinquish access to your existing App store.
To get around this block, you need to download the FuboTV APK from a third party site and install it manually (similar to how you’d install a .exe file on Windows). You can find these APK’s easily – just enter this query into Google “FuboTV APK” and you’ll be presented with multiple options. Alternatively, go to https://apkpure.com/fubotv-live-sports-tv/tv.fubo.mobile and download the latest version of the app from here straight onto your Android device.
Once you’ve downloaded the FuboTV APK you need to go to your Setting menu and switch on the ‘Allow app from unknown source’ option.
FuboTV uses your data connection and GPS location to verify where you’re accessing its content from. To get around this you need to download your VPN provider’s Android app and also a Fake GPS Location app, we recommend Hola Fake GPS.
For Hola Fake GPS to work, you need to enable Developer Mode on your Android. This is easy. Go to Settings > About phone and then scroll down until you see ‘Build number’. Click on this several times and you will see a countdown notification saying “Press 4 more times to enter Developer Mode”. Once you’re in developer mode, open Hola Fake GPS and you will see a Settings menu pop-up that will guide you through the final step of spoofing your location.
That’s it. All you need to do now is select a GPS location in the USA. Then use your VPN to select a USA server/IP. Finally open the FuboTV app, login and enjoy live Sports on your mobile device.
Here are those instructions again.
- Google “FuboTV APK” and download the APK to your Android device
- Enable App from an unknown source and install your FuboTV APK.
- Install your VPN and also Hola Fake GPS
- Go to Settings > About Phone > Developer Mode (and press several times)
- Launch Hola Fake GPS and follow settings to enable your fake GPS location
- Open VPN and select a server/IP in the USA
- Open FuboTV app > Login > Enjoy live sports
See also: How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.
Why can’t I watch 3pm kickoffs in the UK: Continued…
The FA and Premier League won’t let UK broadcasters show Saturday 3 pm games because it wants to encourage fans to actually buy tickets and go to matches. Which is fair enough. However, outside of the UK is a different story. If you’re watching in the USA, Ireland, Australia – pretty much anywhere apart from the UK – you’ll be able to watch any Premier League fixture you want.
Until recently, the only way to watch a foreign TV channel was to be in front of a screen in that country. However, most networks now make their channels available to customers over the internet and this is how this tutorial works.
By signing up for a VPN, you can successfully spoof your computer’s location. Do this in a country like the USA – where the Premier League broadcasts 3 pm games – and the only the only remaining hurdle is signing up to a TV.
FuboTV.com is exactly that. You can register with a PayPal or UK credit card (we used MasterCard) for $39.99/month (£22.50) you get access to every Live Premier League game via the broadcaster’s website. That’s not all. Your subscription includes Champions League, Europa League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, The FA Cup… and a tonne of other leagues/matches from around the world.
Fubo.TV also includes comprehensive coverage of Rugby; NBA; NHL; MLB; Tennis; Golf; Cycling; Racing; MMA and a lot more.
Read next: How to watch BT Sport abroad.