How To Watch Champions League Online

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 7, 2009
Updated • Jan 29, 2015
Music and Video, tv

The UEFA Champions League is one of the world's major sport events that attracts fans from all over the world. The quarter finals are beginning this week with some exciting match lineups.

A main problem however for many football fans worldwide is the limited availability of the event on local TV stations which is especially true if the heart beats for a foreign country club. Also true for anyone interested in the Champions League who is not living in Europe.

While the event is broadcasted in nearly all countries, you usually only get to watch some of the games on TV.

The only viable alternative if TV stations are not broadcasting the Champions League at all or only one of the games is to watch it online.

The website One Tip A Day have updated their Watch Champions League Free article in time for the quarter finales. The guide concentrates on the TV streaming software Sopcast which offers an English interface and is generally easy to use.

The article offers a couple of tips that aid new users and offers information on how to obtain the channel names that stream the Champions League games. Additional information about Sopcast, the recently reviewed Sopcast Filter or PC TV options are available here on Ghacks as well. Only one question remains: Which team is your favorite this year?

Update: Things have shifted to web-based solutions quite a bit in recent time. While you can still use programs such as Sopcast to view matches online, the majority of streaming offers for football matches, Champions League and other sport events is now web-based.

Good news in this regard is that you do not need to install special software to watch football online, all you need is a web browser and the Flash plugin which is freely available.

I suggest you take a look at our list of football sites that offer schedules for upcoming matches so that you do not miss a single match. While you can find schedules days and weeks in advance, you will find that actual streams are only displayed half an hour before matches to avoid that other sites copy and paste the stream urls.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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