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How to Watch the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Live Stream for Free

How to Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup Live Stream For Free 2023

The Women’s World Cup 2023 is the first FIFA tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere. If you want to know how to watch the Women’s World Cup live stream for free, this guide tells all.

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Last Updated: 2024-03-17T13:37:20+00:00

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Key Takeaways: Stream Women’s World Cup

  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 starts on Thursday, July 20 and the final takes place on Sunday, August 20.
  • Fox is the main network for watching the world cup and every USWNT match in the U.S., but it is not free.
  • A free option is to stream it on BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the U.K., but both services are only available to viewers within the United Kingdom.
  • If you’re not in the U.K., you can connect to a VPN with U.K. servers and access the services. We recommend ExpressVPN for the task. 

The 2023 Women’s World Cup is here, and this time it’s being held in the Southern Hemisphere, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Kickoff is on Thursday, July 20, with the first match between New Zealand and Norway. In this guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about how to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup live stream, including how to stream it for free.

This article will also provide information on the group teams, as well as a schedule of all the World Cup matches. The teams for the knockout stages will be announced later, once we know which teams made it through the group stage. 

You can watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup on many channels around the world, but some are only able to show select matches. Plus, many, if not all, are geoblocked, which means you won’t be able to access them unless you’re in the country. A top VPN like ExpressVPN can help with that, though, and we’ll show you how to use it further down.

  • 08/01/2023

    We added Surfshark as a third VPN recommendation and updated the Round of 16 schedule information.

  • 08/07/2023

    We updated information for the last Round of 16 matches and the Quarter-Finals.

  • 08/13/2023

    We updated the information for the teams that will play in the Semi-Finals.

  • 08/16/2023

    We updated information for the teams in both the Third-Place match and the Final.

  • 11/30/2023

    Updated the article to reflect ExpressVPN’s expansion of server presence from 94 to 105 countries.

How to Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup Live

As we just mentioned, the Women’s World Cup will be available to stream on many networks, but those networks are restricted for viewing solely within the country.

To give you an example, BBC iPlayer is a U.K.-only network, so if you’re located outside of the country, you won’t be able to access it. The reason for the restrictions is simply because the networks only hold the right to air in certain regions. Networks have to stop viewers from accessing a TV channel or a show to keep in line with distribution agreements.

All is not lost, though. You can use a virtual private network (VPN) to access specific networks and streaming services. Once you have a reliable VPN, you connect to a server in the same country as the channel or service you want to access. Your IP address is then masked by a new one from that country, which fools the service into thinking you’re actually there, and you get access.

Which Services Have the FIFA Women’s World Cup Stream?

The main network for watching the Women’s World Cup in the U.S. is Fox and Fox Sports. There are a couple of live streaming services that include the channels, including Fox itself, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TV (Blue plan), Hulu + Live TV and DirecTV Stream, though you have to pay for them and they’re U.S.-only.

fox womens world cup
Fox will be the main channel in the U.S. for the Women’s World Cup 2023.

The Women’s World Cup is also available on Peacock, but all games have Spanish commentary. It’s also on other channels around the world, though again, most options are paid streaming services. That said, there are a few ways you can watch the Women’s World Cup for free.

How to Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup Live Stream for Free in 2023

There are plenty of options for watching the Women’s World Cup for free globally, but only a few are showing the entire competition. Services like Seven and 7Plus in Australia, and Rai in Italy will all show select games for free. That also includes RTVE in Spain, which provides Spanish language coverage.

If you want to watch the entire Women’s World Cup for free, you can do so with either BBC iPlayer and ITVX jointly in the U.K., ARD and ZDF in Denmark, and RTBF in Belgium (with French commentary).

One of the easiest ways of watching it for free, especially if you want English language coverage, is with BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the U.K. Matches will be split between the two services, but we’ll show you how to access both services outside of the U.K. with a VPN further down.

In case you want to watch it elsewhere, here’s a table with all of the free streaming options for the Women’s World Cup.

CountryService
🇬🇧 U.K.ITVX*
BBC iPlayer*
🇦🇺 AustraliaSeven
7Plus
🇫🇷 FranceFranceTV
M6
🇮🇹 ItalyRai
🇪🇸 SpainRTVE
🇧🇪 BelgiumVRT*
RTBF*
🇦🇹 AustriaORF
🇳🇱 NetherlandsNOS
NPO
🇩🇰 DenmarkARD*
ZDF*
*All games

How to Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup Live Stream Free With a VPN

In this section, we’ll show you how to connect to a U.K. VPN server and access the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on both BBC iPlayer and ITVX with our top ITVX and BBC iPlayer VPN, ExpressVPN. BBC iPlayer and ITVX are completely free, you just need to create a free account.

If you don’t mind skipping the first day or so of the World Cup, you can use ExpressVPN’s money-back guarantee to essentially watch the competition entirely free. The World Cup runs for 31 days, but you’ll need to make sure you ask for a refund before the 30 days are up, and we doubt you’ll want to miss the final.

  1. Sign Up for ExpressVPN

    Go to the ExpressVPN website and sign up for one of its plans. The annual plan is the cheapest overall, but all plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

    expressvpn get started
  2. Install the ExpressVPN App

    Download and install the VPN app on your chosen device. Then launch the app to log in to your account.

    expressvpn apps
  3. Connect to a Server in the United Kingdom

    Open ExpressVPN’s server list by clicking on the three dots. Search for a U.K. server by either using the search bar or scrolling through the list. When you’ve found a server, click on it to connect. If it doesn’t connect automatically, click on the big “on” button.

    ExpressVPN app uk
  4. Go to the BBC iPlayer or ITVX Website

    Depending on the match, go to the BBC iPlayer Website or ITVX website and click on the person icon in the corner. Then, you can either sign in if you already have an account or register for a new one.

    bbc itvx
  5. Click on “Register Now”

    To create a new account, click on “register now.”

    iplayer itvx create account
  6. Create an Account & Start Streaming

    Follow the steps and enter your details to create a free account. For both services, you’ll need to provide your date of birth (to confirm your viewing age), a valid email and a U.K. postcode (you can use a random one from a Google search). Then search for the Women’s World Cup and click on the stream to start watching.

    bbc iplayer itvx enter details

The Best VPNs for Watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup Live Stream

If you need a VPN to watch the Women’s World Cup, you should make sure it’s a reliable one. Streaming live sports requires consistently fast speeds and the ability to unblock the service you want to use. Not all VPNs have these capabilities, so we’ve filtered out the three best VPNs for streaming live sports. Let’s get into them.

1. ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN is the best VPN for streaming live sports,
with fast speeds and excellent unblocking ability.

Pros:

  • Fast streaming speeds
  • Excellent unblocking ability
  • Servers in 105 countries

Cons:

  • Expensive

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for streaming, and it ticks all the boxes for what’s needed to stream the Women’s World Cup reliably. It has fast speeds, helping you to watch each match without buffering. It has servers in 105 countries and can unblock any streaming service, so it won’t matter which one you choose to watch the tournament. Plus, you’ll be protected with encryption while you stream. 

ExpressVPN has apps for most devices, but some devices, such as some streaming devices, don’t support VPN apps. ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer can help you stream it on such a device, and it can unblock services just as good as the main app — just without encryption. You can learn more in our full guide to ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer.

While ExpressVPN wins at being the best overall VPN, it also wins at being the most expensive. Still, you can save money by signing up for its annual plan, and you’ll be covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you change your mind. Read our ExpressVPN review for more information.

2. NordVPN

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NordVPN has the fastest VPN speeds and can easily unblock services.

Pros:

  • Fastest speeds
  • Servers in 60 countries
  • Unlocks geoblocks easily

Cons:

  • Challenging map on mobile

Another top VPN is NordVPN, and it’s more affordable than ExpressVPN. It has the fastest average speeds, according to our VPN speed comparison, and includes top-notch security to keep you safe online. It can also bypass geoblocks with ease and has servers in 60 countries, meaning you have enough choices for watching the Women’s World Cup games online.

NordVPN also has a feature called Meshnet, which allows you to connect remote devices together through an encrypted tunnel. This is especially useful if you have, say, a Hulu + Live TV subscription, but want to travel. You can set up a device as your home network and connect to it to use the service. That way, Hulu thinks you’re at home.

NordVPN can be used on many different devices, but something to note is that its map interface is a bit awkward to use on smaller mobile screens. It’s not a reason to exclude NordVPN from this list, though. Plus, its affordable two-year plan makes it more appealing if you’re on a tight budget.

Like ExpressVPN, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee and you can read our full NordVPN review for more.

3. Surfshark

connect to a surfshark server
Surfshark is an easy to use VPN that is a good option for streaming.

Pros

  • Affordable long-term plans
  • Unlimited simultaneous devices
  • Accesses streaming services

Cons

  • Variable U.S. speeds

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend Surfshark. It has good overall speeds, although its U.S. speeds can vary a bit. It also has a large server network that covers 100 countries, the most on this list. Surfshark’s app is easy to use and it comes with a lot of extra security features.

You don’t need to worry about streaming the Women’s World Cup with Surfshark since it’s capable of accessing streaming services and will provide a decent stream.

It’s also the cheapest VPN on the list, though you do need to lock in for two years to benefit from the cheaper price. The 30-day money-back guarantee gives you plenty of time to see if you like it, and you can read our Surfshark review for more information.

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

Women’s World Cup 2023 Groups

GROUP 🇦GROUP 🇧GROUP 🇨GROUP 🇩
🇳🇿 New Zealand
🇳🇴 Norway
🇵🇭 Philippines
🇨🇭 Switzerland
🇦🇺 Australia
🇮🇪 Republic of Ireland
🇳🇬 Nigeria
🇨🇦 Canada
🇪🇸 Spain
🇨🇷 Costa Rica
🇿🇲 Zambia
🇯🇵 Japan
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
🇭🇹 Haiti
🇩🇰 Denmark
🇨🇳 China
GROUP 🇪GROUP 🇫GROUP 🇬GROUP 🇭
🇺🇸 USA
🇻🇳 Vietnam
🇳🇱 Netherlands
🇵🇹 Portugal
🇫🇷 France
🇯🇲 Jamaica
🇧🇷 Brazil
🇵🇦 Panama
🇸🇪 Sweden
🇿🇦 South Africa
🇮🇹 Italy
🇦🇷 Argentina
🇩🇪 Germany
🇲🇦 Morocco
🇨🇴 Colombia
🇰🇷 Korea Republic

The 2023 Women’s World Cup Schedule

In this section, you can see all of the group stage matches, as well as the schedule for when it gets to the knockout stage. All times are in Eastern Time, so be sure to convert it if you’re elsewhere to avoid missing any matches. The tournament will be held in 10 stadiums located in nine cities across Australia and New Zealand. The stadiums are as follows.

AustraliaNew Zealand
🏟️ Stadium Australia — Sydney🏟️ Eden Park — Auckland
🏟️ Sydney Football Stadium — Sydney🏟️ Wellington Regional Stadium — Wellington
🏟️ Lang Park — Brisbane🏟️ Forsyth Barr Stadium — Dunedin
🏟️ Melbourne Rectangular Stadium– Melbourne🏟️ Waikato Stadium — Hamilton
🏟️ Perth Rectangular Stadium — Perth
🏟️ Hindmarsh Stadium — Adelaide

Group Stages Schedule

📅DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
July 20New Zealand
🆚
Norway
3:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Australia
🆚
Republic of Ireland
6:00 a.m.Stadium Australia, Sydney, AU
Nigeria
🆚
Canada
10:30 p.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
July 21Philippines
🆚
Switzerland
1:00 a.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
Spain
🆚
Costa Rica
3:30 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
United States
🆚
Vietnam
9:00 p.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
July 22Zambia
🆚
Japan
3:00 a.m.Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, NZ
England
🆚
Haiti
5:30 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
Denmark
🆚
China
8:00 a.m.Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, AU
July 23Sweden
🆚
South Africa
1:00 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Netherlands
🆚
Portugal
3:30 a.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
France
🆚
Jamaica
6:00 a.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
July 24Italy
🆚
Argentina
2:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Germany
🆚
Morocco
4:30 a.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
Brazil
🆚
Panama
7:00 a.m.Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, AU
Colombia
🆚
South Korea
10:00 p.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
July 25New Zealand
🆚
Philippines
1:30 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Switzerland
🆚
Norway
4:00 a.m.Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, NZ
July 26Japan
🆚
Costa Rica
1:00 a.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
Spain
🆚
Zambia
3:30 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Canada
🆚
Republic of Ireland
8:00 a.m.Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, AU
United States
🆚
Netherlands
9:00 p.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
July 27Portugal
🆚
Vietnam
3:30 a.m.Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, NZ
Australia
🆚
Nigeria
6:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
Argentina
🆚
South Africa
8:00 p.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
July 28England
🆚
Denmark
4:30 a.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
China
🆚
Haiti
7:00 a.m.Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia
July 29Sweden
🆚
Italy
3:30 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
France
🆚
Brazil
6:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
Panama
🆚
Jamaica
8:30 a.m.Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, AU
July 30South Korea
🆚
Morocco
12:30 a.m.Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, AU
Norway
🆚
Philippines
3:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Switzerland
🆚
New Zealand
3:00 a.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
Germany
🆚
Colombia
5:30 a.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
July 31Costa Rica
🆚
Zambia
3:00 a.m.Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, NZ
Japan
🆚
Spain
3:00 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Canada
🆚
Australia
6:00 a.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
Republic of Ireland
🆚
Nigeria
6:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
Aug. 1Portugal
🆚
United States
3:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Vietnam
🆚
Netherlands
3:00 a.m.Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, NZ
China
🆚
England
7:00 a.m.Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, AU
Haiti
🆚
Denmark
7:00 a.m.Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, AU
Aug. 2Argentina
🆚
Sweden
3:00 a.m.Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, NZ
South Africa
🆚
Italy
3:00 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Jamaica
🆚
Brazil
6:00 a.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
Panama
🆚
France
6:00 a.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
Aug. 3Morocco
🆚
Colombia
6:00 a.m.Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth, AU
South Korea
🆚
Germany
6:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU

Round of 16 Schedule

📅 DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
Aug. 5Switzerland 🆚 Spain1:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Japan 🆚 Norway4:00 a.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Netherlands 🆚 South Africa10:00 p.m.Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, AU
Aug. 6Sweden 🆚 USA5:00 a.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
Aug. 7England 🆚 Nigeria3:30 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
Australia 🆚 Denmark6:30 a.m.Stadium Australia, Sydney, AU
Aug. 8Colombia 🆚 Jamaica4:00 a.m.Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, AU
France 🆚 Morocco7:00 a.m.Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, AU

Quarter-Finals Schedule

📅 DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
Aug. 10Spain 🆚 Netherlands9:00 p.m.Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, NZ
Aug. 11Japan 🆚 Sweden3:30 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Aug. 12Australia 🆚 France3:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU
England 🆚 Colombia6:30 a.m.Stadium Australia, Sydney, AU

Semi-Finals Schedule

📅 DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
Aug. 15Spain 🆚 Sweden4:00 a.m.Eden Park, Auckland, NZ
Aug. 16Australia 🆚 England6:00 a.m.Stadium Australia, Sydney, AU

Third-Place Match

📅 DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
Aug. 19Sweden 🆚 Australia4:00 a.m.Lang Park, Brisbane, AU

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

📅 DateMatch⏲️ Time🏟️ Location
Aug. 20Spain 🆚 England6:00 a.m.Stadium Australia, Sydney, AU

Final Thoughts

We hope our guide on how to watch the Women’s World Cup 2023 has helped you know how you can easily stream it from the beginning with the first match being held at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland New Zealand, right until the World Cup final match on Sunday, Aug. 20. You can even stream it completely free, even if you’re in another country.

What makes it so easy is a VPN, and we recommend using ExpressVPN for the job due to its fast speeds and unrivaled unblocking ability. You can also use the 30-day money-back guarantee to take it for a spin or watch most of the Women’s World Cup for free.

Which country do you think is odds-on for winning the Women’s World Cup? Who do you think will be the runner-up? Which service will you watch it on? Will you need a VPN to do so? If so, which VPN will you use? Let us know in the comment section and, as always, thank you for reading.

FAQ: The Women’s FIFA World Cup

  • The Women’s World Cup 2023 will be aired on many channels around the world. The U.S.’s main channel is Fox, but if you want to watch it for free, there are a few options, such as BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the U.K. If you’re not located there, you can use a VPN to get access.

  • Yes, you can watch the Women’s World Cup on Peacock. However, all games have Spanish language coverage, so it’s not the best option if you don’t understand Spanish.

  • You can watch the Women’s World Cup on many services around the world, including Fox in the U.S., BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the U.K., Seven in Australia, and RTBF in Belgium. That’s just a few options, though, you can find more in this guide.

  • You can watch the Women’s World Cup final on many services. Check with your local service to see if it’s covering the final, since some networks are only showing certain matches from the competition. Fox in the U.S., BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the U.K., RTBF in Belgium, and ARD or ZDF in Denmark will be showing all matches from the tournament.

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