You can now watch live football nearly every day of the week and in the UK there is plenty of choice in terms of channels and devices you can watch the big match on. The days have long gone since you could only watch the footy on TV.
All of the UK sports channels including BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Channel 5 and Channel Four all have apps and players that allow live football streams to be viewed on laptops, home computers, netbooks, smartphones and tablets such as iPad or Android.
So what footy can you watch and how much does it cost to watch the best games on TV? if you wanted to watch all the live football on all UK channels then you would you have to pay for BT Sport and Sky Sports (or NowTV) but if you satisfied with some highlights on a later time such as Match of the Day then you would not need to pay each month to watch the footy on TV or online.
Premier League Live
Sky Sports and BT Sport currently have the UK to broadcast live Premier League football in the UK. The highlights programme is shown on BBC (Match of the Day). Sky also have an interactive highlights show on Saturday night, Football First; where you can pick a match to watch.
Sky Bet Football League Live
The football league is the bread and butter of football in England and Sky Sports does a great job in broadcasting over 50 live games from the Championship alone, League One and League Two are scheduled throughout the season. The BBC has the Football League Show, weekly highlights package of the football league.
Champions League Football Live
The top competition in Europe can be watched live on Sky Sports and ITV. They split the coverage and matches are shown live on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Sky Sports has more channels and show more live games via their interactive service. Champions League highlights shows are Champions League Goals, Sky TV and Champions League Weekly, ITV.
Europa League Football Live
Watch Europa League live on Thursday nights on ITV Sport and ESPN (paid channel free with BT Sport). The competition is long and there will be live games broadcasted every week right until the final which is in Lisbon. You can watch the matches on TV or via online stream.
FA Cup Football Live
The FA Cup, like the Europa League is shared between ESPN (BT Sport) and ITV. Right from the early rounds right to the final itself at Wembley which will be shown live on both channels. Watch FA Cup football live on PC and on TV through satellite (Sky) or on Freeview. Both ESPN and ITV show FA Cup highlights.
Capital One Cup Live (League Cup)
If you want to watch Capital One Cup action this season then Sky Sports is the place to go. They show the early rounds at the beginning of the season and also the final itself which is held at Wembley. The BBC has a Capital One highlights programme. Live Capital One streams can be watched via NOW TV or through the Sky Sports mobile app.
SPL Football Live (Scottish Premier League)
Watch SPL football live on ESPN (BT Sport) and Sky Sports. With Rangers out of the SPL it is Celtic that have the chance to wrap the title up early but the league is growing stronger and you can watch live SPL matches on TV, mobile and computer via SPL streams from the Sky Player. BBC Alba in Scotland also has some live games from the Scottish Leagues.
La Liga Football Live
Want to watch live Spanish football where you can check the progress of the most expensive player in the world, Gareth Bale? Sign up to Sky Sports as they have amazing coverage of La Liga. From live matches on Saturday and Sunday featuring the best teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia to the King’s Cup and Copa Del Ray in midweek. Revista La Liga is the acclaimed Spanish La Liga highlights show featuring all the weeks goals, news and interviews with Spanish journalists.
Bundesliga Football Live
German football is on the up and you can watch Bundesliga live streams through BT Sport/ESPN. Teams like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leverkusen, Schalke, Hamburg and Werder Bremen all feature every week on TV and online in the UK and there is Bundesliga highlights every week on TV where you can watch all of the weeks goals from the top German league.
Serie A Live
To compete with Sky Sports as the number one channel for live footy in the UK, BT Sport has secured the rights for Italian football including the Coppa Italia and live Serie A football. Top teams with historical importance like Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Parma, Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Napoli with some of the best players in Europe can be seen every week online and on TV through the BT sports player app for internet streaming and HD TV.
International Football Live
Watch World Cup qualifiers, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland matches live on online or on TV. ITV has England games, both home and away live whilst Sky Sports has the rights to broadcast Wales, Ireland and Scotland World Cup qualifiers. The World Cup 2014 will be shared jointly with ITV and BBC.
More Live Football to Watch
There is always more live football streams available to watch including live coverage of the USA MLS, Ligue 1 France, Dutch Eredivisie, Copa America, Copa Libertadores, Argentina Primera Division and Brazilian Serie A. Most of these games are on BT Sport/ESPN including highlights and live online streaming.