Football on TV - where to watch every match
If you want to watch football on TV, you basically have three options:
- Get Sky Sports
- Get BT Sport
- Get both
- Go to a pub
You found your way to this page, so we’ll assume you’re more interested in the first three options. Otherwise, have fun, and raise a glass to us (though please drink responsibly et cetera).
Right, with the lushes gone, let’s look at how to get a good football TV deal. The first step, of course, is choosing which championships you actually want to watch.
What football can I watch on Sky Sports?
Sky Sports is the biggest name in TV football and here’s the reason why: it has bloomin’ loads of it. It shows more Premier League matches than any other service.
In addition, it shows Championship football, League One and League Two, the Capital One Cut, Scottish League matches, the International Champions Cup, Eredivisie, Copa Del Ray, MLS and more. As we said - a lot of football.
However, if you're after UEFA Champions and Europa League games, BT Sport is the place to be.
How do I get Sky Sports?
The good news is that Sky Sports is available on every pay TV service out there. The bad news is that it can be a little pricier than the competition. Still, you’re paying for quantity - you’re getting a lot of football for your money. Here’s how you can get it:
Sky - Sports can be added to any Sky TV package, or as part of a bundle. It's pretty flexible - you can add one, two or three channels, or get everything with the Complete Bundle - that also includes the Sky Main Event channel, which has the biggest games.
The flexibility is good, because if you only care about football, you can just get the Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football channels - it's cheaper than getting everything. That said, you'll miss out on other sports like F1, golf and cricket.
You also get Sky Go, which lets you watch live and catch-up content from the channels you subscribe to online or on your phone.
Virgin Media - You can add Sky Sports to any Virgin Media TV package. It’s also included as standard in the VIP bundle - which also includes BT Sport, incidentally. If you’re truly mad about the beautiful game, Virgin Media’s a great way to get everything in one place.
TalkTalk - You can get Sky Sports as a ‘Boost’ to any TalkTalk TV package. Unlike some other providers, where you sign up for a year, TalkTalk Boosts operate on a rolling monthly basis so you can cancel any time - great if you want to save money during months when there isn’t much football on.
BT - Hoo boy. This is a little more complicated than other providers. You can get Sky Sports Main Event and Main Event Extra through BT, but only if you have BT Superfast Fibre and a fast enough connection. That’s fewer channels than the other providers - but fortunately, Sky Sports 1 and 2 both show loads of football.
Now TV - One of the more flexible ways to get Sky Sports, Now TV offers daily, weekly and monthly passes for Sky Sports. Even better, you can now get broadband with Now TV, both no-contract and pay monthly.
To find out more about Sky Sports, check out our full guide.
What football can I watch on BT Sport?
BT Sport isn’t lacking for football. It has more than 50 Premier League matches a season. It also has the exclusive UK TV rights to the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues, so if you’re a fan of those competitions, BT’s the only game in town.
Those are the highest-profile events, but that’s not all the footie BT has by a long shot. You can also watch top flight football from both the UK and around the world, including National League, League Cup, A-League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
How do I get BT Sport?
You can watch BT Sport on all major pay-TV services, though in some cases you will need to contact BT itself to get it. We’ll go into detail below:
BT - The full suite of BT Sport channels, including ESPN, is available with any BT TV package. If you have a snazzy 4K TV, you can also get BT Sport in Ultra HD with the Max package. If you have BT Broadband, but don’t want TV, you can watch BT Sport online or via smartphone / tablet app for an additional monthly charge.
Virgin Media - You can add BT Sport to any Virgin Media TV package. It’s also included as standard in some bundles, such as the VIP Bundles. However you get it, you’ll be able to watch matches on TV, and on tablets or smartphones via the Virgin TV Anywhere app.
Sky - You can watch BT Sport on Sky, but you can’t get it through Sky directly or pre-bundled with a package. Instead, you need to sign up for it separately - simply contact BT when your Sky TV service is up and running. Find out more here.
TalkTalk - Like Sky, you can watch BT Sport on TalkTalk, but only by signing up via BT directly. It’s also not currently available in HD. To get it, simply sign up via BT’s website once your TalkTalk TV service is active. Find out more here.
What about the FIFA World Cup?
The World Cup is the exception to the rules above. Every four years the BBC and ITV get their own back on digital TV providers when they share live coverage of football's biggest tournament. Find out more here.
How do I find cheap TV football?
Easy-peasy. We let you compare loads of options side by side so it’s simple to find the deal that’s best for you.
- Enter your postcode into the box at the top of this page.
- When the results appear, use the filters to choose the options you want.
- If you see a deal that you like, click the link and we’ll send you to the provider’s website, where you can sign up or get more information.
We’re useful like that.