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How to watch Euro 2020 for free — live stream, 2021 TV schedule, groups and more

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Euro 2020 TV schedule, dates

Euro 2020 started June 11, 2021 and runs for a month, with the final taking place on Sunday, July 11.
Tomorrow's games (June 22, 2021):

England vs. Czech Republic (8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
• U.K. — Watch on BBC iPlayer
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN2 via Sling or Fubo.TV

Scotland vs. Croatia (8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
• U.K. — Watch on BBC iPlayer
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN via Sling or Fubo.TV

There are just a few matches left to determine the full slate of teams for the round of 16 in Euro 2020. On Tuesday, June 22, England will play the Czech Republic and Scotland will face off against Croatia, which will determine the final rankings for Group D.  

At the conclusion of the four games at Euro 2020 on June 21, we learned the identities of several more last-16 teams. Belgium won Group B, and will be joined by Denmark, who tallied a 4-1 victory over Russia.

In Group C, Netherlands were already through as winners, but dispatched North Macedonia 3-0 to secure their place atop the group. Austria also advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Ukraine, which now has to wait to see if it has enough points to advance. 

Italy and Wales were already through from Group A, while Switzerland have a chance of joining them as one of the best third-place sides. 

The two Group D games are at 8 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) — so you might have to choose between them. The good news is you can watch it all for free with a Euro 2020 live stream. Scroll down for full details of when and where you can watch it all wherever you are.

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams for free

You'll be able to find Euro 2020 live streams on free-to-air television in several countries, and that's good news wherever you happen to live. 

In the U.K., Euro 2020 live streams will be available for free on BBC and ITV, with the two national broadcasters sharing out the games. Both will cover the final. 

That means that if you're in the U.K. and have a valid TV licence, you'll be able to follow every game for free via either the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub online.

Other countries will also have free-to-air coverage of Euro 2020 live streams, including TF1 in France, ARD and ZDF in Germany, Mediaset in Spain and RAI in Italy.

But what do you do if you're normally in one of those countries, but happen to be abroad right now? The simple solution is to use one of the best VPN services, so you can watch your favorite streaming services wherever you are.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out for the Euros without having to sign up long term.

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch Euro 2020 live streams on ABC and ESPN. Got those channels as part of a cable package? Then you'll be able to stream games through the ESPN website and the ABC website.

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. 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. ABC's games will be shown on ESPN3, so with Sling Orange you'll be able to watch all the action. Plus, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10

Fubo.TV is another option. This costs $65 per month but gives you more than 117 channels, including ESPN and ABC and lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you're a U.K. citizen — with a valid TV licence — who'll be in the U.S. during the tournament, you can watch a Euro 2020 live stream for free by using a VPN to access BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub from anywhere in the world. ExpressVPN is our favorite right now, partly thanks to its risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Orange plan comes with 30-plus channels, including ESPN. Sling is currently offering $25 dollars off the first month.View Deal

If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including ESPN. View Deal

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams with a VPN

If you're not in your home country during June and July 2021 and are unable to watch a Euro 2020 live stream from wherever you are, you can still tune in via a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it appear that you're surfing the web from your home town — meaning that you can access the streaming services you already pay for. 

We've tested many different VPN services and our favorite is ExpressVPN; it offers superb speeds, excellent customer service and a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out first to see if it's right for you. But you've got other VPN options too, so check out our full list of the best VPN services.

Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.View Deal

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in Canada

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If you're in Canada, you can get all the Euro 2020 action on TSN (in English) or TVS Sports (in French), as part of a cable TV package. If you've cut the cord, you can sign up for TSN Direct for $7.99 (CAD) a day or $19.99 per month. Plus, it's open to all: you needn't have TSN as part of an existing pay TV package.

It's the same deal with TVA Sports Direct, though here it costs $19.99 a month without a daily option. 

If you live in Canada and already subscribe to TSN or TVA, but aren't at home right now, you can still watch a Euro 2020 live stream by using a quality VPN like ExpressVPN.

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in the UK

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Football fans in the U.K. can go into Euro 2020 with plenty of excitement. England, Scotland and Wales have all qualified and every game will be available to watch for free on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub online.

The two broadcasters have divided the games up between them, with BBC having the opening game plus England vs Croatia, Scotland vs Czech Republic and Wales' games against Turkey and Switzerland. ITV, meanwhile, has the big England vs Scotland game, plus England vs Czech Republic, Scotland vs Croatia and Wales vs Italy. Both will cover the final.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K. and have a valid U.K. TV license, you can still follow every single game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Euro 2020 live streams on Optus Sport, which will show all 51 matches. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV.

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.

How to watch Euro 2020: TV schedule and results so far

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(All times BST)

Group stage: June 11-23

Friday, June 11
8 p.m.Italy 3-0 TurkeyBBC

Saturday, June 12
2 p.m.Wales 1-1 SwitzerlandBBC
5 p.m.Denmark 0-1 FinlandBBC
8 p.m.Belgium 3-0 RussiaITV

Sunday, June 13
2 p.m.England 1-0 CroatiaBBC
5 p.m.Austria 3-1 North MacedoniaITV
8 p.m.Netherlands 3-2 UkraineITV

Monday, June 14
2 p.m.Scotland 0-2 Czech RepublicBBC
5 p.m.Poland 1-2 SlovakiaITV
8 p.m.Spain 0-0 SwedenBBC

Tuesday, June 15
5 p.m.Hungary 0-3 PortugalITV
8 p.m.France 1-0 GermanyITV

Wednesday, June 16
2 p.m.Finland 0-1 RussiaBBC
5 p.m.Turkey 0-2 WalesBBC
8 p.m.Italy 3-0 SwitzerlandITV

Thursday, June 17
2 p.m.Ukraine 2-1 North MacedoniaITV
5 p.m.Denmark 1-2 BelgiumITV
8 p.m.Netherlands 2-0 AustriaBBC

Friday, June 18
2 p.m.Sweden 1-0 SlovakiaBBC
5 p.m.Croatia 1-1 Czech RepublicBBC
8 p.m.England 0-0 ScotlandITV

Saturday, June 19
2 p.m.Hungary 1-1 FranceBBC
5 p.m.Portugal 2-4 GermanyITV
8 p.m.Spain 1-1 PolandBBC

Sunday, June 20
5 p.m.Italy 1-0 WalesITV
5 p.m.Switzerland 3-1 TurkeyITV

Monday, June 21
5 p.m.Netherlands 3 - 0 North MacedoniaITV
5 p.m.Austria 1 - 0 UkraineITV
8 p.m.Belgium 3 - FinlandBBC
8 p.m.Denmark 4 - 1 RussiaBBC

Tuesday, June 22
8 p.m.Croatia vs ScotlandITV
8 p.m.Czech Republic vs EnglandITV

Wednesday, June 23
5 p.m.Slovakia vs SpainITV
5 p.m.Sweden vs PolandITV
8 p.m.Germany vs HungaryBBC
8 p.m.Portugal vs FranceBBC

Round of 16: June 26-29

Saturday, June 26
5 p.m.Wales vs. DenmarkTBC
8 p.m.Italy vs. AustriaTBC

Sunday, June 27
5 p.m.Netherlands vs. 3rd in D/E/FTBC
8 p.m.Belgium vs Group A/D/E/F (3)TBC

Monday, June 28
5 p.m.Group D (2) vs Group E (2)TBC
8 p.m.Group F (1) vs Group A/B/C (3)TBC

Tuesday, June 29
5 p.m.Group D (1) vs Group F (2)TBC
8 p.m.Group E (1) vs Group A/B/C/D (3)TBC

Quarter-finals: July 2-3

Friday, July 2
5 p.m.Quarter-Finalist 1 vs Quarter-Finalist 2TBC
8 p.m.Quarter-Finalist 3 vs Quarter-Finalist 4TBC

Saturday, July 3
5 p.m.Quarter-Finalist 5 vs Quarter-Finalist 6TBC
8 p.m.Quarter-Finalist 7 vs Quarter-Finalist 8TBC

Semi-finals: July 6-7

Tuesday, July 6
8 p.m.Semi-Finalist 1 vs Semi-Finalist 2TBC

Wednesday, July 7
8 p.m.Semi-Finalist 3 vs Semi-Finalist 4TBC

Euro 2020 final: July 11

Sunday, July 11
8 p.m.Semi-final winner 1 vs semi-final winner 2BBC and ITV

Euro 2020 groups

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GROUP A
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
Italy39+7
Wales34+1
Switzerland34-1
Turkey30-7

Italy qualified top of their group after three excellent victories and without breaking a sweat.

Wales joined them thanks to a good win over Turkey and by being slightly less soundly beaten by Italy than Switzerland were. 

The Swiss, with 4 points, will now have an anxious wait to see if they will qualify as a best third-place team.

GROUP B
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
Belgium39+6
Denmark33+1
Finland33-2
Russia33-5

Belgium, with a squad boasting the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, sealed their qualification from Group C with one game to go.

Denmark and Finland's game was overshadowed by the terrible collapse of Christian Eriksen, and it's to the Danes' credit that they returned to finish the match even while their teammate lay in hospital. 

The remaining three teams — Denmark, Finland, and Russia — all ended up with the same number of points, but thanks to goal differential, Denmark made it through to the round of 16. Russia's 4-1 loss to Belgium in its final match pretty much doomed its chances.

GROUP C
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
Netherlands39+6
Austria36+1
Ukraine33-1
North Macedonia30-6

Group C got off to an entertaining start, with the Netherlands beating Ukraine 3-2 in an action-packed game and Austria seeing off North Macedonia 3-1. The Dutch then followed that up with a 2-0 victory over Austria to confirm their qualification for the next stage. Netherlands rounded out group play with a 3-0 final over North Macedonia.

Ukraine beat North Macedonia on Wednesday, but after a loss to Austria, must wait until the other groups finish to see if they'll make it as one of the third-place teams to qualify. North Macedonia are now out. 

GROUP D
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
Czech Republic24+2
England24+1
Croatia21-1
Scotland21-2

England got some semblance of revenge for their World Cup 2018 semi-final defeat to Croatia in running out 1-0 victors in the first Group D game. Gareth Southgate's young team looked impressive at times, but wilted as the game went on. They were poorer still against an impressive looking Scotland team in their second game, although they will still be confident of qualifying.

Croatia were fairly disappointing in their first game but looked slightly better in drawing 1-1 with the Czech Republic yesterday. Their qualification chances still hang in the balance, though.

The Czech Republic could have qualified with a win over Croatia, but are still in a good position ahead of their final group game with England. Scotland can still qualify too, but will need to beat Croatia.

GROUP E
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
Sweden24+1
Slovakia230
Spain220
Poland21-1

Group E should have been a comfortable one for Spain, who have plenty of talent if not quite so many stars as in previous years, but they've made hard work of it so far. Two draws has left them in third place going into the final group game with Slovakia, and they'll need to win it to go through. 

Sweden are tricky customers — even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic — and will be confident of qualifying after taking 4 points from their first two games. Slovakia will also be confident of reaching the last 16 — they just need to keep Spain to a draw in their final game. Poland have the toughest task: they can only qualify if they win and the other game is not a draw. 

GROUP F
TEAMPLAYEDPOINTSGD
France24+1
Germany23+1
Portugal23+1
Hungary21-3

Every tournament has a group of death, and for Euro 2020 it's Group F. 

With France (the world champions), Portugal (the reining European champions) and Germany (who can never be discounted) all in one group, it's almost impossible to predict who'll come out on top here. France are currently in the driving seat after a hard-fought 1-0 over Germany and a surprise 1-1 draw with Hungary. 

However, they still have Portugal to play — and that game now becomes a winner-takes-all contest. If France win, they'll be through as leaders; draw and they'll go through in first or second, depending on what happens in the Germany-Hungary game. But if they lose, the World Champions could yet find themselves in third place.

Germany know that a win against Hungary will take them through whatever happens in the other game — and even Hungary could still qualify if they can take all 3 points.

When and where does Euro 2020 take place?

Euro 2020 is unlike any major football tournament before it in so many ways.

For starters, it's taking place a year later than it should have done — though it may be called Euro 2020, it is of course happening in 2021, due to Covid. 

What's more, it's not being hosted in one or at most two countries, but rather in 11 cities spread across the continent. This is nothing to do with Covid, but is instead just a crazy UEFA idea that (so far) seems to be working quite well.

London will host both the final and the two semi-finals, plus various group and last-16 games, with other games taking place in all corners of Europe:

  • London, England: Wembley Stadium
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadium
  • Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
  • Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
  • Rome, Italy: Stadio Olimpico in Rome
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
  • Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Aréna
  • Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
  • Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park
  • Seville, Spain: Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla

Euro 2020 group stages: How qualifying works

With 24 teams competing in the group stages and 16 teams going through, the Euro 2020 group stages aren't quite as straightforward as at some tournaments. 

The top two in each of the six groups will qualify automatically, giving 12 of the final 16, but the remaining four teams will be drawn from the six third-place sides.

Each will be ranked according to their point totals, with goal difference and goals scored used to separate any ties on the same totals. If that still isn't enough to separate two (or more) teams, fair play conduct, and finally the UEFA international coefficient rankings, will be considered.

There's also a separate set of rules to determine which team finishes above another in the group if two teams are tied on points. The rules are:

a. Points obtained in matches played between the teams in question

b. Goal difference from the matches played among the teams in question

c. Goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question

If they're still level, there's a further set of complicated options that could even see two teams playing a penalty shoot out against each other. Full details are on the UEFA website.

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