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England vs Spain live stream — how to watch UEFA Women's Euro 2022 quarter-final match for free

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The England vs Spain live stream is the first match of the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 — and it'll also be the toughest test yet for the Lionesses who cruised through the group stages undefeated. 

The great news is that you can watch it for FREE in many European countries, but don't worry if you're on holiday while it's on — because we'll show you how to watch from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

England vs Spain: channel, start time

The England vs Spain live stream takes place today (Wednesday, July 20).
Time — 8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
► FREE LIVE STREAMS —  BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) (U.K.)
► U.S. — ESPN2 via SlingTV (opens in new tab)
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England couldn't have asked for a better set of results in the group stage of UEFA Women's Euro 2022. The Lionesses won all three games, scoring 14 goals without conceding a single one themselves. While they were always favorites to progress as the highest rank team in Group A, even the most optimistic England fan probably didn't expect to make such easy work of qualifying for the knockout rounds. 

However, the real work starts here as England now face their toughest test of the tournament yet in the form of a very dangerous Spanish side. Don't let their second-place finish in Group B fool you, this Spain is stacked with quality and will test England in a way they haven't been so far at Euro 2022. 

Both teams will feel they can progress to the semi-finals, but both have faced disruption that could impact on-pitch performance. England have had to deal with their head coach, Sarina Wiegman, testing positive for Covid-19 and therefore forced to isolate. While just days before the start of Euro 2022, Spain lost Alexia Putellas to an ACL injury. With Jennifer Hermoso also sideline, Spain are currently without their two top goalscorers which has blunted their usually potent attack. 

This is expected to be one of the most intense games of Euro 2022 with both teams desperate to advance further. Find out what happens by watching an England vs Spain live stream and don't forget to check out our full guide to how to watch UEFA Women's Euro 2022 for full fixtures, final group standings and more.

FREE England vs Spain live streams

How to watch the England vs Spain live stream for FREE

If you're lucky enough to live in the U.K., Austria, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and several other European nations then you can look forward to FREE England vs Spain live streams.

That's because free-to-air channels in those countries will be showing some or all of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 live streams. For instance, in the U.K. you'll be able to watch every single game on BBC and the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). There's a full list below.

But what if you're usually based in one of those countries but aren't at home for the England vs Spain live stream? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.

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England vs Spain live streams around the world

How to watch England vs Spain live streams from anywhere with a VPN

It's natural that you might want to watch the England vs Spain live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there when it's on?

Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch the England vs Spain live stream on BBC iPlayer, even though they're not in the U.K. 

They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

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Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer or another website and watch the game.


How to watch the England vs Spain live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can look to ESPN2 and ESPNU for the England vs Spain live stream. The game starts at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.

ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.  

Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Orange package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including ESPN. Plus, right now Sling is offering 50% off the first month (opens in new tab)

As well as being available through your cable service, you can also stream the action via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions. 

And remember, if you're usually based in the U.S. but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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If you're not already a Sling TV (opens in new tab) subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange in order to watch ESPN. This costs $35/month and includes dozens of other great channels. Sling also currently offers 50% off the first month.

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Love sports? Then check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). The channel lineup includes ESPN and ABC, plus other top networks including Bravo, FX and MTV, and there's a 7-day free trial available.

How to watch the England vs Spain live stream in the UK

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As you'd expect, given that the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 tournament takes place in England, coverage of England vs Spain is free to air in the U.K. 

The game will be shown live on BBC One and also streamed on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and the BBC Sport (opens in new tab) website.

Going on holiday during the tournament? Sign up to ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) or another VPN service and you'll be able to use the services you already subscribe to. Just make sure you have a valid U.K. TV licence.

How to watch the England vs Spain live stream in Australia

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Those lucky Aussies can watch the England vs Spain live stream in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 on Optus Sport (opens in new tab).

Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month. 

An Annual Pass is also available for $139 AUD/year, but a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.

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Rory Mellon
Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.