Sports streaming re-runs that are FREE for a limited time, eg, World Cup and Euro footy, NBA, NFL & more
Plus how to watch past Premier League games, tennis, and WWE
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to most live sport across the world, but thankfully some leagues have made their sporting archives completely free to stream for a limited time including FIFA World Cup matches, the Euro '96 tournament, NBA basketball, and NFL American football – plus watch other sport, such as Premier League football, tennis, and WWE.
It means that while we won't get to enjoy the great summer of live sport we were hoping for with Euro 2020, Wimbledon, and the Olympics in Japan, we can still enjoy some recent and vintage sport. This list is especially good if you don't subscribe to BT or Sky Sports, you follow a particular sport, or want to take this opportunity to try one out for the first time.
MSE Update, 5 June: It's been announced that the Premier League will be kicking off again from Wed 17 June 'behind closed doors' with no fans. Of the 92 games remaining in the season, 33 will be shown for free on TV – see how to watch them.
Below are the sports leagues allowing you to stream past content free for a limited time with no payment details required.
It's not quite the football coming home that we were hoping for, but right now you can bring selected World Cup matches to your home as FIFA's official YouTube channel is streaming full-length games and films from past World Cup tournaments for free.
It's streamed 29 full matches which you can now watch on demand including England vs USA from the France 2019 Women's World Cup, England vs Germany from South Africa 2010, France vs Argentina from Russia 2018, and Germany vs Sweden from USA 2003 – see the full list.
- England vs USA (France 2019 Women's World Cup)
- Brazil vs France (France 2019 Women's World Cup)
- France vs Argentina (Russia 2018)
- Germany vs Mexico (Russia 2018)
- Belgium vs Japan (Russia 2018)
- France vs Croatia (Russia 2018)
- Portugal vs Spain (Russia 2018)
- Brazil vs Belgium (Russia 2018)
- USA vs Germany (Canada 2015 Women's World Cup)
- USA vs Japan (Canada 2015 Women's World Cup)
- Netherlands vs Mexico (Brazil 2014)
- Brazil vs Columbia (Brazil 2014)
- Spain vs Netherlands (Brazil 2014)
- Germany vs Brazil (Germany 2011 Women's World Cup)
- England vs Germany (South Africa 2010)
- Netherlands vs Brazil (South Africa 2010)
- Germany vs Brazil (China 2007 Women's World Cup)
- Brazil vs France (Germany 2006)
- Germany vs Italy (Germany 2006)
- Germany vs Sweden (USA 2003)
- Brazil vs Germany (Korea/Japan 2002)
- USA vs China (USA 1999 Women's World Cup)
- England vs Argentina (France 1998)
- France vs Croatia (France 1998)
- Nigeria vs Italy (USA 1994)
- Brazil vs Argentina (Italy 1990)
- West Germany vs Netherlands (Italy 1990)
- Brazil vs France (Mexico 1986)
- Argentina vs West Germany (Mexico 1986)
Baddiel and Skinner's Three Lions was the anthem of the summer of 1996 as the UEFA European Football Championship was held in England.
You can relive all 31 games from the championship – which included both England and Scotland – for free on the ITV Hub. The games are available to watch on demand throughout June.
This is a slam dunk... you can watch the NBA League Pass streaming service for free (normally £150 a year) until Mon 31 Aug.
The service includes all games that have been played so far from the temporarily-suspended 2019-20 season, as well as every game from the 2018-19 season – so plenty of NBA basketball to whet your appetite – just try not to dribble.
If you're looking for some suggestions of which past games to watch, try the Los Angeles Lakers (one of the NBA's most popular teams) vs New Orleans Pelicans from 1 March 2020 and Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors from 13 June 2019 – the game that decided last year's NBA champions.
You can watch NBA League pass on Android and iOS phones/tablets, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, and Xbox One.
- Go to NBA League Pass and select 'Start free preview'.
- Register – you won't need to enter any payment details.
America's National Football League has grown in popularity in the UK over the past few years, with London hosting three-to-four games every year, with over 80,000 fans attending each game at Wembley Stadium.
If you're an NFL fan or you want to give it a go, you can score the NFL Game Pass for free (normally £40 a year) until Fri 31 July. The streaming service includes all games from the 2019 season, as well as NFL's Hard Knocks documentaries.
- Go to NFL Game Pass and select 'Sign up now'.
- Choose the 'FREE' option and then register – you won't need to enter any payment details.
You can watch NFL Game Pass on Android and iOS mobile devices, PC, Xbox, PS4, Apple TV, Fire TV/stick, and some Samsung and LG smart televisions.
WWE's brand of pro-wrestling 'sports-entertainment' is a unique mix of athleticism, stunts, soap opera and theatrics.
You can pin down a free version of the WWE Network (normally £9.99 a month), which launched at the beginning of June. It doesn't include all content such as the latest monthly pay-per-view events – those are only for paid subscribers – but WWE says you can watch 15,000 of its past shows.
When I checked on Mon 8 June, this included events such as WrestleMania 31-35, Royal Rumble 2015-2019, recent episodes of Raw, SmackDown and NXT, documentaries such as the Monday Night War, and reality series such as Total Divas and Miz & Mrs.
- Go to WWE Network and choose the show you want to watch – you can stream any content for free that doesn't have a padlock symbol on it.
- You'll need to sign up for a free account before you can starting watching – you won't need to enter any payment details to access free shows.
You can watch WWE Network on PC and Mac, Android and iOS devices, Fire TV stick, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and selected smart televisions.
Classic Euro football matches on BBC iPlayer
If you've a TV licence, then it can be worth checking from time-to-time what BBC iPlayer has on demand in its sport section. It often has a lot of highlight shows, but also includes some full-length replays for a limited time.
When I checked on Mon 8 June, you could relive classic Euro football matches including Scotland vs Netherlands from 1992, Scotland vs England from 1996, Scotland vs Germany from 1992, and Wales vs Slovakia from 2016. All games are available to watch throughout June.
Boxing, rally cars & World's Strongest Man on My5
Channel 5's on demand streaming service My5 is free to all and has a variety of past sport on offer.
While its boxing cards don't include the biggest fights, they still feature hard-hitting bouts from fighters including former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan.
This last one is a bit different as you'll either need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, or use our trick to get it free for a month – though for this you will have to enter payment details, so remember to cancel if you don't want to keep it.
It includes 20 Premier League games from December 2019, eg, Manchester United vs Newcastle, Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Liverpool vs Everton, and Arsenal vs Brighton.
Originally played on 3 Dec 2019
- Burnley vs Manchester City
- Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth
Originally played on 4 Dec 2019
- Leicester City vs Watford
- Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham United
- Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
- Chelsea vs Aston Villa
- Southampton vs Norwich City
- Liverpool vs Everton
Originally played on 5 Dec 2019
- Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion
- Sheffield United vs Newcastle United
Originally played on 26 Dec 2019
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion
- AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal
- Aston Villa vs Norwich City
- Chelsea vs Southampton
- Crystal Palace vs West Ham United
- Everton vs Burnley
- Sheffield United vs Watford
- Manchester United vs Newcastle
- Leicester City vs Liverpool
Originally played on 27 Dec 2019
- Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City
You can also watch matches from November 2019's ATP tennis finals, eg, Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev, as well as 13 games from Andy Murray's singles return to the tournament from September and October.
If you've never signed up to Amazon Prime before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime Trial* (usually £7.99 a month or £79 a year). Follow the link and select 'Start your free trial'.
Important: At the end of the trial you'll be automatically enrolled into a paid Prime subscription and unless you cancel, Amazon will take £7.99 or £79 from your account (depending on whether you chose to pay monthly or annually) – so remember to cancel if you don't want to continue your Prime membership.