How to stream the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League

The Champions League is back! Last year, Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in an all-English final in Madrid. This year, a number of teams have a realistic shot at the title. While Liverpool looks well-positioned to defend its title, oddsmakers actually have Premier League title rivals Manchester City as slight favorites, with two reloaded La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and perennial continental champs Bayern Munich, PSG, and Juventus in the mix as well. While the round of 16 is where the competition really heats up, the Champions League group stage offers some compelling matches right out of the gate.

Here’s everything you need to know about streaming the Champions League.

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What is the UEFA Champions League?

Started in 1992—building from the European Champions Cup that only featured league winners from Europe’s prime soccer-playing nations—the UEFA Champions League features the top 32 European club teams. In June, UEFA holds play-in matches to select six slots; those teams, plus 26 pre-qualified teams, make up eight groups of four teams each, which play in a group stage, much like World Cup entrants do. That group play happens between September and December, with each team playing six matches total. (Matches are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to fit in between the weekend matches teams play in their respective leagues.)

From that field, the first and second place teams in each group advance to a 16-team knockout round that starts in February and goes through May; each round leading up to the final has two legs, with each team playing a home and away match to determine who advances and who goes home. The final will be on May 30 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

2019-20 Champions League Groups

Group A

  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Real Madrid
  • Club Brugge
  • Galatasaray

Group B

  • Bayern Munich
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Olympiacos
  • Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda)

Group C

  • Manchester City
  • Shaktar Donetsk
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Atalanta

Group D

  • Juventus
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Lokomotiv Moscow

Group E

  • Liverpool
  • Napoli
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Genk

Group F

  • Barcelona
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Inter Milan
  • Slavia Prague

Group G

  • Zenit
  • Benfica
  • Lyon
  • RB Leipzig

Group H

  • Chelsea
  • Ajax
  • Valencia
  • Lille

2019-20 Champions League Schedule

Group Matchdays

  • Group Matchday 1: Sept. 17-18
  • Group Matchday 2: Oct. 1-2
  • Group Matchday 3: Oct. 22-23
  • Group Matchday 4: Nov. 5-6
  • Group Matchday 5: Nov. 26-27
  • Group Matchday 6: Dec. 10-11

Knockout Rounds

  • Round of 16 Draw: Dec. 16
  • Round of 16, First Leg: Feb. 18-19, 25-26
  • Round of 16, Second Leg: March 10-11, March 17-18
  • Quarterfinal and Semifinal Draw: March 20
  • Quarterfinals: April 7-8, 14-15
  • Semifinals: April 28-29, May 5-6
  • Final: May 30

UEFA Champions League live stream: Watch Champions League matches for free

Each of the following services carries TNT, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch UEFA Champions League matches for free. (FuboTV carries all matches with Spanish-language commentary, courtesy of the TUDN family of channels.)

1) Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)

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2) Sling TV

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Sling Orange + Blue

Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)

Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.

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3) FuboTV

  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)

FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with every Champions League match (via TUDN and TUDNxtra), NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, and UniMás all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)

FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.

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4) PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. NBC and NBCSN (where the Premier League live) are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.

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5) YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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6) B/R Live

  • Cost: $9.99 per month or $79.99 for 12 months
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, and iOS and Android devices

B/R Live is a subscription service that is essential for soccer fans, as it carries all matches for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. It also offers an array of other sports, including the National Lacrosse League, All Elite Wrestling, ONE Championship, and the World Armwrestling League. It also carries top sports talk, including The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show.

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UEFA Champions League winners

  • 2019: Liverpool (England)
  • 2018: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2017: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2016: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2015: Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2014: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2013: Bayern Munich (Germany)
  • 2012: Chelsea (England)
  • 2011: Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2010: Inter Milan (Italy)

Here’s a complete list of the winners and runner-ups, dating back to the first European Cup winners in 1956.

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Phil West

Phil West

Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.