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, F1, tennis, and WWE using free trials
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to 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 and F1, by taking advantage of free trials.
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.
If you subscribe to Sky Sports or BT Sport, you'll have plenty of re-runs to watch as it's all the channels can show at the moment – see how you can get a rebate while there's no live sport on (you'll still have access to the channels). This list is good if you don't subscribe to those channels, you follow a particular sport, or want to take this opportunity to try one out for the first time.
Below are the sports leagues allowing you to stream past content free for a limited time with no payment details required, followed by how to use free month-long trials to watch Formula 1 motor racing, Premier League football, tennis, and WWE pro-wrestling.
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 weekly for free.
As of Mon 11 May, it had streamed 25 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)
- Portugal vs Spain (Russia 2018)
- USA vs Germany (Canada 2015 Women's World Cup)
- Netherlands vs Mexico (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 throughout May – which included both England and Scotland – for free on the ITV Hub. It'll be releasing matches during the month, with the final streaming on Fri 29 May. The games are available to watch for two months.
Mon 11 May
England vs Switzerland - 6.15pm
Tue 12 May
Spain vs Bulgaria - 1pm
Germany vs Czech Republic - 4pm
Denmark vs Portugal - 7pm
Wed 13 May
Scotland vs Netherlands - 3pm
France vs Romania - 7pm
Thu 14 May
Italy vs Russia - 3pm
Croatia vs Turkey - 7pm
Fri 15 May
Bulgaria vs Romania - 3pm
Switzerland vs Netherlands - 7pm
Sat 16 May
Portugal vs Turkey - 1pm
Czech Republic vs Italy - 7pm
Sun 17 May
France vs Spain - 3pm
Scotland vs England - 6.45pm
Mon 18 May
Russia vs Germany - 3pm
Croatia vs Denmark - 7pm
Tue 19 May
France vs Bulgaria - 7pm
Romania vs Spain - 7pm
Wed 20 May
Scotland vs Switzerland - 7pm
Netherlands vs England - 6.30pm
Thu 21 May
Croatia vs Portugal - 7pm
Turkey vs Denmark - 7pm
Fri 22 May
Russia vs Czech Republic - 7pm
Italy vs Germany - 7pm
Sat 23 May
Quarter-Final 1 - 6.45pm
Sun 24 May
Quarter-Final 2 - 3pm
Mon 25 May
Quarter-Final 3 - 3pm
Tue 26 May
Quarter-Final 4 - 7pm
Wed 27 May
Semi-Final 1 - 3pm
Thu 28 May
Semi-Final 2 - 6.40pm
Fri 29 May
Final - 6.40pm
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.
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.
2019 FA Cup semi-final, Wales vs Ireland rugby & World Championship snooker 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 Tue 21 Apr, you could re-live past football games including the 2019 FA Cup semi-final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley, and Wales vs Italy from 2002.
Snooker includes the World Championship semi-final from 2014 with Neil Robertson and Mark Selby. For rugby fans, you can watch Wales taking on Ireland from 2005, with Wales' chance to win its first Grand Slam in 27 years.
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.
While regular life is at a pit stop, you can refuel your motor racing fandom as Formula 1 is offering a free 30-day trial of its F1 TV streaming service until Fri 8 May (normally £2.29 a month).
You'll get access to its full archive including every Grand Prix since 1981 and documentaries such as The Greatest Races and Michael Shumacher: The Making of a Legend.
- Go to F1 TV, enter your email address and select 'Get your code'.
- You'll then be given a 12-digit code to access F1 TV for free.
- Select 'Get started' and choose the 'F1 TV Access Monthly' option. You'll need to enter payment details, but you won't be charged as long as you cancel before the end of the trial.
- Enter your 12-digit code and select 'Apply' – you should see the cost reduced to zero.
Important: After the 30-day free trial, you'll be automatically enrolled into a subscription at £2.29 a month, so remember to cancel if you don't want to keep it. F1 says it will send you a reminder when you get close to the end of your free trial.
You can watch F1 TV on PC, Mac, and most phones or tablets.
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.
WWE's brand of pro-wrestling 'sports-entertainment' is a unique mix of athleticism, stunts, soap opera and theatrics.
If you've got a kid who's a big wrestling fan, or perhaps you want to relive some of those famous rivalries such as Hulk Hogan vs Macho Man Randy Savage or The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin, you can pin down the WWE Network for free for a month (normally £9.99), as long as you've never signed up before.
It includes all current and past big WWE events such as WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, as well as documentaries, interviews, and episodes of its weekly Raw, NXT, and SmackDown TV shows which air originally on BT Sport.
- Go to WWE Network and select 'Start your free month'. This is an ongoing offer, but you'll only be able to get it once.
Important: After the one-month free trial, you'll be automatically enrolled into a monthly subscription at £9.99, so remember to cancel if you don't want to keep it.
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.
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