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How to Watch Bundesliga in USA and Abroad

Where & How to Watch Bundesliga in USA in 2024: Watch Matches With Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund & More

If you're wondering how to watch Bundesliga in USA, the answer is simple: ESPN Plus. If you have an ESPN account and are traveling abroad, you'll need a VPN to keep watching your favorite German football team.

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Written by Kit Copson (Writer, Briefing Editor)

Reviewed by Sandra Pattison (Writer, Editor)

Facts checked by Igor Kurtz (Fact-checking editor)

Last Updated: 2024-05-03T19:18:25+00:00

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How to Watch Bundesliga Live With a VPN
  1. Subscribe to and download Surfshark on your device. 
  2. Launch the Surfshark app and connect to a U.S. server
  3. Go to the ESPN+ website and sign up for a plan. You can also sign up through Disney Plus.
  4. Download the ESPN+ app on your mobile or streaming device or stream Bundesliga matches through the ESPN website.

Facts & Expert Analysis About Bundesliga

  • Major sporting event: The Bundesliga pits the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich — the defending champion — against one another in some of the world’s most eagerly anticipated football games. 
  • Multiple victories: Bundesliga clubs boast eight UEFA Champions League victories and seven UEFA Europa League victories.  
  • Bundesliga streaming: In the U.S., you can watch the Bundesliga on ESPN+. If you travel abroad, you’ll need a VPN to access ESPN+, or use a local streaming alternative, which often requires a local payment method. 

Best VPN for Streaming the Bundesliga

The Bundesliga is broadcast worldwide on various channels and streaming services. In the United States, ESPN+ is the online streaming platform that’s home to live Bundesliga games, but if you travel abroad, you’ll lose access to ESPN+ due to geoblocking. We’ll share more details on how to watch Bundesliga in USA and how to stream it when you head overseas. 

Using a respectable VPN service like Surfshark or a close competitor is the best way to maintain access to your U.S. streaming services when you travel abroad. This guide contains a tutorial on how to use a VPN to watch the Bundesliga abroad and gives recommendations for the best streaming VPNs. 

  • 03/28/2024 Facts checked

    Rewritten to share current information on where the Bundesliga is streaming, how to watch it with a VPN while traveling, and which VPNs are the best for this purpose.

  • 05/03/2024 Facts checked

    Article updated with new information about Bundesliga streaming and schedule for upcoming season.

Where to Watch Bundesliga in USA

Sometimes, watching live sports without cable in the U.S. can be complicated because broadcasts are often distributed across various platforms. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the Bundesliga as everything is on ESPN+, including at least 40 DFB-Pokal matches (select matches will be available in Spanish and English). 

All you need is a subscription for ESPN+ or a streaming service package that carries ESPN+ — more on this further down. Bear in mind that ESPN+ is a U.S. service that only accepts U.S. payment methods. If you want to get ESPN+ without a U.S. payment method, consider using a virtual payment card service like StatesCard. 

Which TV Channels Have Bundesliga?

Aside from the streaming service ESPN+, those in the U.S. can tune into these TV channels to watch some Bundesliga games: ESPN (which also has the rights to broadcast 2. Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup games), ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (Spanish commentary) and ABC. 

Where Is Bundesliga Streaming?

In addition to subscribing to ESPN+ as a standalone service, fans of German football can get it as part of the Disney Plus-Hulu bundle. You’ll need to opt for one of the Trio plans to get ESPN+ as the Duo plans only let you access Disney Plus and Hulu. Some services like Sling TV also come with ESPN channels, but only some games are broadcast via those channels.

Where to Stream Bundesliga Online Anywhere in the World

The next section has a tutorial that covers how to watch the Bundesliga on ESPN+ with a VPN while outside the U.S. Those with accounts for non-U.S. streaming services can also use the method shown further down to access these platforms when they travel abroad. 

For example, let’s say you have an account with DAZN in Germany, but you go to a country where DAZN is unavailable. Simply connect to a German server to continue accessing the service as normal. 

The table below has just a few examples of channels and/or streaming platforms that host the Bundesliga. You can refer to the official Bundesliga broadcast partners page if your country is not listed here. 

Please note that different games may be broadcast on different channels/platforms in countries with more than one option, and some channels/platforms may only host limited games. 

For example, Sky Deutschland and WOW broadcast Saturday games in Germany, whereas DAZN broadcasts Friday and Sunday games. The free channel Sat.1 only broadcasts three Friday games. 

Country:Broadcaster
🇩🇪 GermanySky Deutschland, DAZN, WOW, Sat.1, Sport1
🇬🇧 U.K.Sky Sports
🇦🇺 AustraliabeIN Sports
🇫🇷 FrancebeIN Sports
🇭🇰 Hong KongbeIN Sports
🇧🇷 BrazilOneFootball, Nosso Futebol, RedeTV!, SporTV, CazéTV, TV Cultura, Canal GOAT, TikTok*
🇲🇽 MexicoSky
🇯🇵 JapanSKY PerfecTV!
🇮🇳 IndiaSony
🇴🇲 OmanbeIN Sports
🇸🇬 SingaporebeIN Sports
🇪🇬 EgyptbeIN Sports
🇰🇪 KenyaStarTimes, Azam TV, Canal+, Bundesliga PLUS
🇿🇦 South AfricaStarTimes, SABC, Bundesliga PLUS
*Clips only

How to Watch Bundesliga Games Live With a VPN

Though there aren’t any official free sites for streaming all the Bundesliga matches, if you travel abroad and need to access ESPN+ or your preferred streaming service, you can use a VPN with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This allows you to reclaim your money if you decide not to carry on with the service.  

Another option is using a secure free VPN like Proton VPN, PrivadoVPN or TunnelBear. However, in this tutorial, we’ll use our top-rated VPN recommendation, ExpressVPN. 

  1. Get a VPN

    Subscribe to a VPN service with a 30-day money-back guarantee like Surfshark.

    surfshark step 1
  2. Download the VPN App

    Use the “download” tab to find the right app for your device. Alternatively, download the app from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.

    surfshark step 2
  3. Connect to a U.S. Server

    Open the VPN app on your device and select a U.S. server from the list. Click the “connect” button.

    surfshark step 3
  4. Stream the Bundesliga

    Log in to ESPN+ and stream the live or on-demand Bundesliga game that you want to watch.

    espn bundesliga

The Best VPNs to Watch Live Bundesliga Games With a VPN

Not every VPN is strong enough to bypass the geoblocks that streaming services have in place. We’ve tested the following providers with ESPN+ from outside the United States and feel more than confident recommending them. 

1. Surfshark — Best VPN for Bundesliga Streaming

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Surfshark is the best VPN for Bundesliga streaming.

Pros:

  • Unblocks streaming services 
  • Affordable long-term plans
  • Excellent speeds

Cons:

  • Awkward mobile app
Download
93 Mbps
Very Fast
Upload
9 Mbps
Very Fast
Latency
126 ms
Good
Source: Cloudwards VPN Speed Test. We test daily. Data from 05/02/24 to 05/30/24
Data for region:

Surfshark is our top choice for streaming the Bundesliga no matter where you are in the world. It’s able to unblock every major streaming service, including those that air Bundesliga matches, and offers consistently fast speeds to avoid any buffering problems.

Surfshark’s plans are affordable, especially if you subscribe for the two-year plan. You also get unlimited simultaneous connections, so different people in the households can watch different matches, even if they’re playing at the same time.

Surfshark Starter
  • Unlimited GB bandwidth, Unlimited devices, Secure VPN, Ad blocker, Cookie pop-up blocker. Plans renew: $231.75 for one year, $417.15 for two years
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited
  • Yes
Surfshark One
  • Everything in Starter, plus Antivirus protection, Identity protection, Email Breach and Credit Card Alerts, Online Alias Plans renew: $239.25 for one year, $430.65 for two years.
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited
Surfshark One+
  • Everything in One, plus Data removal Plans renew: $269.25 for one year, $404.65 for two years
  • Unlimited GB
  • Unlimited

2. NordVPN — Fastest VPN for Streaming the Bundesliga

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NordVPN is another top-reviewed VPN service for watching
your favorite Bundesliga teams in action.

Pros:

  • Unblocks streaming services 
  • Affordable long-term plans
  • Excellent speeds

Cons:

  • Awkward mobile app
Download
91 Mbps
Very Fast
Upload
9 Mbps
Very Fast
Latency
4 ms
Very Fast
Source: Cloudwards VPN Speed Test. We test daily. Data from 05/02/24 to 05/30/24
Data for region:

ExpressVPN may be the best service overall, but NordVPN more than holds its own, and there isn’t much between the two in terms of performance. As expected, NordVPN sailed through our ESPN+ unblocking test, likely helped along by its exceptional speeds (the best on average, in fact). NordVPN also has long-term plans at competitive prices and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

On the other hand, while NordVPN’s desktop app is straightforward, the world map design is harder to navigate on mobile. Hint: Scroll down to the country list on the mobile app to get around this issue. Check out our NordVPN review to find out more. 

3. ExpressVPN — Best VPN for Streaming Overall

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ExpressVPN is a powerhouse when it comes to
unblocking streaming services like ESPN+. 

Pros:

  • Excellent unblocking capability
  • Beginner-friendly interface
  • Very fast streaming

Cons:

  • Expensive
Download
90 Mbps
Very Fast
Upload
9 Mbps
Very Fast
Latency
7 ms
Very Fast
Source: Cloudwards VPN Speed Test. We test daily. Data from 05/02/24 to 05/30/24
Data for region:

ExpressVPN immediately unblocked ESPN+ when we tested it from outside the U.S., which came as no surprise. When it comes to bypassing geoblocks, ExpressVPN’s speed and reliability are two reasons why it’s at the top of our best streaming VPN roundup. In addition, ExpressVPN is easy enough for anyone to get their head around, even first-time VPN users. 

ExpressVPN scores top marks in all areas performance-wise, but it’s costly compared to other providers, which is enough to make some potential users click away. Here’s the good news: ExpressVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try out all its features with no strings attached. Learn more about this service in our ExpressVPN review.  

4. PrivadoVPN — Best Free VPN for Watching the Bundesliga

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PrivadoVPN is a relatively new free VPN provider that shows promise.

Pros:

  • Free servers in 10 countries
  • Unblocks streaming services
  • Very secure

Cons:

  • 10GB free data limit

Not all free VPNs are bad news. Some, like PrivadoVPN, are very secure and capable of breaking through geoblocks. With PrivadoVPN, you get 10GB of free data — no credit card information required — and access to servers in 10 countries, including the U.S. When we reviewed PrivadoVPN, we found it to be a free VPN with high security and privacy standards. 

However, if you plan to stream more than a few games, you’ll be disappointed once you use up your free 10GB. Upgrading to a paid plan doesn’t set you back much, though, so it’s an option to consider.  

Free
  • 10GB
  • 1
Premium
  • *Billed $44.85 for the first 15 months, then $59.88 every 12 months. *Billed $53.73 for the first 27 months, then $95.76 every 24 months.
  • Unlimited GB
  • 10
  • Yes

How to Watch the German Bundesliga on Any Device

If you don’t have your laptop on hand while traveling, you can just whip out your smartphone to watch the Bundesliga on ESPN+ provided that your mobile has a VPN app downloaded. You can also watch it on smart TVs and other devices. Read on to find out how. 

Stream Bundesliga Matches on Android and iPhone

Follow these steps to download a VPN on your mobile and stream ESPN+ in the ESPN app from overseas. 

  1. Download the VPN App

    Go to the Apple app store (iOS) or Google Play store (Android) to download the Surfshark app. If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for Surfshark in the app, but note that you’ll be billed by Google Play or Apple rather than Surfshark directly.

    surfshark ios 1
  2. Connect to a U.S. Server

    Launch the app on your mobile and connect to a server in the United States.

    surfshark ios 2
  3. Stream the Bundesliga

    Open the ESPN app and log in to your account. Search for the Bundesliga and start streaming your chosen game. If you haven’t already done so, you can download the ESPN app in the Apple app store or the Google Play store. It doesn’t matter if you’re outside the U.S.

    espn app

Watch the Bundesliga on Smart TVs & Other Devices

Not every smart TV and streaming device has native support for VPN apps. While some devices, such as Android TV and Amazon Firestick, allow you to download apps for major VPN services like Surfshark and NordVPN directly, others — like Roku devices — require you to use a preconfigured VPN router or install a VPN on a compatible router.  

If you need to manually install a VPN on your router, first check that your chosen VPN and router type are compatible. Then, you’ll need to download the configuration file provided by the VPN service (check the provider’s website). The final step is to send the configuration file to the router and enter any necessary details

Check out our full guide on how to install a VPN on a router for more detailed information. You can also typically find installation guides for specific routers on the VPN’s website. Once your VPN is installed, you can open the ESPN app to start streaming. 

Bundesliga Game Broadcasting Schedule

Here, you’ll find the whole Bundesliga 2023-2024 schedule. If you’d like to learn more about the Bundesliga 2 dates, you can check out the official calendar on the Bundesliga’s official website. 

Date:MatchNotes
Aug. 12, 2023SupercupN/A
Aug. 18-20, 2023Matchday 1The Bundesliga 2 Matchday 1 (key date) takes place on July 28-30, 2023.
Aug. 25-27, 2023Matchday 2N/A
Sept. 1-3, 2023Matchday 3N/A
Sept. 15-17, 2023Matchday 4N/A
Sept. 22-24, 2023Matchday 5N/A
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023Matchday 6N/A
Oct. 6-8, 2023Matchday 7N/A
Oct. 20-22, 2023Matchday 8N/A
Oct. 27-29, 2023Matchday 9N/A
Nov. 3-5, 2023Matchday 10N/A
Nov. 10-12, 2023Matchday 11N/A
Nov. 24-26, 2023Matchday 12N/A
Dec. 1-3, 2023Matchday 13N/A
Dec. 8-10, 2023Matchday 14N/A
Dec. 15-17, 2023Matchday 15N/A
Dec. 19-20, 2023Matchday 16N/A
Jan. 12-14, 2024Matchday 17N/A
Jan. 19-21, 2024Matchday 18N/A
Jan. 26-28, 2024Matchday 19N/A
Feb. 2-4, 2024Matchday 20N/A
Feb. 9-11, 2024Matchday 21N/A
Feb. 16-18, 2024Matchday 22N/A
Feb. 23-25, 2024Matchday 23N/A
March 1-3, 2024Matchday 24N/A
March 8-10, 2024Matchday 25N/A
March 15-17, 2024Matchday 26N/A
March 30-31, 2024Matchday 27N/A
April 5-7, 2024Matchday 28N/A
April 12-14, 2024Matchday 29N/A
April 19-21, 2024Matchday 30N/A
April 26-28, 2024Matchday 31N/A
May 3-5, 2024Matchday 32N/A
May 10-12, 2024Matchday 33N/A
May 18, 2024Matchday 341. Teams including Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, 1. FC Union Berlin and VfL Bochum will play. 
2. Bundesliga 2, Matchday 34 (key date) will be on May 19, 2024.
May 23-24 & May 27-28, 2024Relegation playoffs, first and second legsN/A

Bundesliga 2024-2025 Season Key Dates

Beyond the current season, the Bundesliga has already announced key dates for the upcoming 2024-2025 season.

  • Bundesliga 2, Matchday 1: 2-4 August 2024
  • Bundesliga Matchday 1: 23-25 August 2024
  • Bundesliga Matchday 34: 17 May 2025
  • Bundesliga 2, Matchday 34: 18 May 2025
  • Play-off first legs: 22-23 May 2025
  • Play-off second legs: 26-27 May 2025

Final Thoughts: Watch Bundesliga Live

We hope this guide has helped the world-traveling soccer fans from the U.S. get their Bundesliga fix. Fortunately, streaming ESPN+ from outside the U.S. is easy as long as you join forces with a safe and secure VPN provider. 

Which Bundesliga match are you most looking forward to watching? Which VPN did you use to stream the Bundesliga from outside the U.S.? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading. 

FAQ: Stream the Bundesliga in the US

  • ESPN+ broadcasts all Bundesliga matches in the U.S.

  • No, Amazon Prime Video does not have the right to broadcast the Bundesliga.

  • Yes, ESPN+ is the official Bundesliga broadcaster in the U.S. You can watch both live and on-demand games there.

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