What Sport Can I Watch on BBC iPlayer? Football, Snooker and More
BBC iPlayer has a great sports section, and it’s more global than you might expect: while UK sporting events are of course well represented with lots of content for football and rugby, there's also shows and coverage dedicated to athletics, American Football, handball, darts, pool and cycling and more.
It’s good to see women’s football getting the respect it deserves, with prominent coverage on the main Sport page of iPlayer, links to games in the Women’s Super League and The Women’s Football Show too, which features highlights and talking points about the biggest issues in women’s football.
The BBC also does a good job of covering sporting events beyond the usual footie, such as the Scottish Open badminton tournament, or the climbing World Championships.
And of course, there’s men’s football including Match of the Day and Sportscene, Football Focus, the Irish League Show and Match of the Day Wales.
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Burns Night or Fight Night?
Credit: BBCThe BBC Sport section also includes some really good documentaries, such as BBC Alba’s Tommy Burns. It covers the life of the Celtic and Kilmarnock player and manager, up to his tragically young death from melanoma at the age of 51 ten years ago, through stories and anecdotes from interviews with his family.
You might also enjoy documentaries on two different sides of combat sports. Firstly, The Weight Cut: Extreme Weight Loss; which shows how professional MMA fighters often have to take drastic measures to hit their target weight for a fight. On the other hand, there’s City Boy Fight Club, in which two men from a very different world – the City of London – turn to boxing to deal with the stresses of modern life.
We also liked When Snooker Ruled The World, a look back at the days when the whole UK was – in the words of the late, great Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave - snooker loopy. It features contributions from Ronnie O’Sullivan, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy White, Johnny Vegas and of course, Steve “Interesting” Davis.
Sport brings people of all cultures together, and some of BBC Sport’s most compelling content comes from the more unusual collection of sports people don’t always think of as being covered on national TV. For example, if you like to watch the simultaneously hypnotic and intense sport of Curling, there’s the Perth Masters 2019 tournament to feast on.
If you'd prefer some competition on more solid ground, then there's the Great Stirling Cross Country, three events comprising mens, womens and mixed relay races, which is considered one of the major first events in the athletics year.
The British Basketball League recently had a match between the Newcastle Eagles and the Plymouth Raiders televised on the BBC. The Eagles, hosting the game, are the team that has most frequently won the BBL title since the league was created in 1987, so you're guaranteed some of the best basketball that the UK can provide.
If you want to reminisce about the relative success of the England football team in the 2018 World Cup, then Match of the Day has a special interview with team manager Gareth Southgate. He and Gabby Logan discuss his and the squad’s performance, breaking down how each player contributed to the strength of the team and how off-pitch behaviour was just as important as the games themselves.
The current big sports tournament however is Snooker once again. Coming from his victory at the UK Championship at the end of last year, Ronnie O' Sullivan will be looking for another victory at the 2019 Masters tournament (Jan 13 - 20) , to add to his already record-breaking collection of trophies.