Only four teams are left in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The semifinals of the tournament begin Tuesday morning as Spain is set to take on Sweden at 4 a.m. ET (1 a.m. PT) on Fox. Spain squeaked by the Netherlands in extra time by a score of 2-1, while Sweden shocked Japan in regulation by the same score.
Meanwhile, host nation Australia will meet England in the other semifinal game. Australia slipped by France, after they won a 0-0 draw 7-6 on penalties. England beat Colombia 2-1 in the quarterfinals without young star Lauren James, who was given a red card for stomping on an opponent’s butt in the round of 16. She’ll also miss England’s semifinal match, but will be eligible to return for the final should her teammates prevail. Australia and England will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT) on Fox.
Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting the tournament this year, which makes viewing games in the US a little tricky. Tuesday’s games are being played on Tuesday night in Australia and New Zealand, which is early Tuesday morning on the opposite side of the Pacific.
What channels do I need to watch the World Cup live?
Fox holds the English-language rights to World Cup games in the US, while NBC-owned Telemundo offers all the games in Spanish. Games in English air on Fox and FS1, while games in Spanish are on Telemundo and NBC’s Peacock Premium streaming platform.
What’s the schedule for the World Cup?
This year, the tournament expanded from 24 to 32 teams, drawn into eight groups of four. Group winners and runners-up moved on to the round of 16 knockout phase, then the quarterfinals began Aug. 10, with the semifinals starting Aug. 15. The losers of the semifinal games will play in a single game for third place on Aug. 19. The World Cup final will conclude the tournament on Aug. 20.
Here’s the schedule for the semifinals (all times ET):
Tuesday, Aug. 15
- Spain vs. Sweden (4 a.m. on Fox)
Wednesday, Aug. 16
- Australia vs. England (6 a.m. on Fox)
When does Team USA play?
Team USA has been eliminated from the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The team faced Sweden in the round of 16, where they played to a 0-0 draw, before losing 5-4 on penalty kicks. It’s the earliest USA exit in Women’s World Cup history and was the last game of both Megan Rapinoe’s and Julie Ertz’s international careers. Here’s Team USA’s results:
- Friday, July 21: USA 3-0 Vietnam
- Wednesday, July 26: USA 1-1 Netherlands
- Tuesday, Aug. 1: USA 0-0 Portugal
- Sunday, Aug. 6: USA 0-0 (4-5) Sweden
Can I watch live World Cup matches for free in the US?
Not really. Many of the live TV streaming services, listed below, allow free trials that enable you to watch games for free before having to pay for a subscription.
Peacock Premium is the cheapest way to stream all the games live, though the broadcasts are in Spanish as part of NBC’s Spanish-language coverage.
However, you can watch full-length replays of the games in English minutes after they end on the free ad-supported streaming channel Tubi TV. You’ll have to sign up for an account on the service to get the games, but you won’t need a credit card or subscription.
How to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the tournament locally, you may need a different way to watch matches — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Australia, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup for free in the UK
Viewers in the US might not be able to watch the Women’s World Cup for free, but those in the UK can. Football fans in the UK are among the luckiest in the world, as all matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup are being shown live on free-to-air channels, with the BBC and ITV sharing broadcast duties. This means all games are available to stream for free on either BBC iPlayer or ITVX.
Stream the Women’s World Cup for free in Australia
Stream the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand for free
Live coverage for the co-host nation is with free-to-air channel Prime.
Quick tips for streaming the 2023 Women’s World Cup using a VPN
- With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — your experience and success when streaming the Women’s World Cup action live may vary.
- If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
- If you’re having trouble getting the game after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
- All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
- And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.
How can I stream live World Cup games in the US without cable?
A few of the major live TV streaming services carry all of the channels you need to watch every game of the World Cup, but not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries Fox in your area.
Unlike cable, live TV streaming services allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.