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How to Watch Champions League 2021–2022

We researched dozens of TV options to find the best ways to watch Champions League matches on cable, satellite, and streaming TV.

Best overall

Price: $64.99–$79.99/mo.
Channels: 158+
Streams: 3
DVR storage: 250–1,000 hrs.

Best premium option

Price: $64.99–$134.99/mo.†
Channels: 160–330+
Tuners: 5
DVR storage: 200 hrs.

Cheapest

Price: $5.99–$9.99/mo.
Channels: 2
Streams: 2
DVR storage: N/A

Data as of post date. Offers and availability are subject to change.

† for 12 mos. plus taxes and Regional Sports Fee w/24-mo. agmt. Autopay & Paperless bill req’d. Prices higher in 2nd year.

This summer, soccer teams from around the world will battle each other in the UEFA Championship League. To watch all of the action on live TV, you’ll need a TV package that includes CBS. Spanish speakers will need Univision, TUDN, and other channels if you want audio en Español.

The affordable live TV streaming service fuboTV is the best overall TV provider for watching the Champions League, with scores of sports channels—including all seven Champions League channels. DIRECTV also has tons of sports networks, but one fewer Champions League channel than fuboTV. Finally, Paramount+ has CBS and the CBS Sports Network—which are all you need to watch Champions League (in English, anyway).

What is the 2021–22 Champions League schedule?

Here are the dates for the 2021–22 Champions League, with qualifying rounds and playoffs, the Europa League Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final. Now you can plan to watch every kick of every leg.  

  • Qualifying rounds and playoffs: June 22, July 6–7 and 20–21, Aug. 3–4, and 17–18, 2021
  • Champions League group stage: Sept. 14–15 and 28–29, Oct. 19–20, Nov. 2–3 and 23–24, and Dec. 7–8, 2021
  • Europa League/Champions League Round of 16 (first legs): Feb. 15–16 and 22–23, 2022
  • Europa League/Champions League Round of 16 (second legs): Mar. 8–9 and 15–16, 2022
  • Champions League quarterfinals (first legs): Apr. 5–6, 2022
  • Champions League quarterfinals (second legs): Apr. 12–13, 2022
  • Champions League semifinals (first legs): Apr. 26–27, 2022
  • Champions League semifinals (second legs): May 3–4, 2022
  • Champions League Final: May 28, 2022

What channels do I need to watch Champions League?

You’ll need CBS and Univision—along with both networks’ affiliated channels—to watch the 2021–22 Champions League. Here’s the full list of channels, including which of our recommended TV providers and streaming services carry them.

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CBSCBS Sports NetworkGalavisiónTUDNUniMásUnivisionZona FútbolDetails
Best overall
fuboTV

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Best premium option
DIRECTV

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Cheapest
Paramount Plus

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Best ways to watch Champions League

  • fuboTV ($64.99–$79.99/mo.)—Best overall
  • DIRECTV ($64.99–$134.99/mo.)—Best premium option
  • Paramount Plus ($5.99–$9.99/mo.)—Cheapest

† for 12 mos. plus taxes and Regional Sports Fee w/24-mo. agmt. Autopay & Paperless bill req’d. Prices higher in 2nd year.

How to watch Champions League on cable and satellite TV

You can get most or all of the Champions League channels from any cable or satellite TV provider. But we single out DIRECTV because it’s our best TV provider for sports.

Best premium option: DIRECTV

Price:
$64.99–$134.99/mo.†
Champions League channels:
CBS, CBS Sports Network, Galavisión, TUDN, UniMás, and Univision
Tuners:
5
DVR storage:
200 hrs.

† for 12 mos. plus taxes and Regional Sports Fee w/24-mo. agmt. Autopay & Paperless bill req’d. Prices higher in 2nd year.

And we’d guess that if you like one sportsball, maybe you like ‘em all?

If so, DIRECTV’s packages have an abundance of other sports channels, including ESPN, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, NFL Network, NHL Network, NBA TV, and more. Also, DIRECTV is the only provider with NFL SUNDAY TICKET—and new customers get the current season free with the CHOICETM package ($69.99 a month) and above.

Beware, though, of DIRECTV’s 2-year contracts and sneaky second-year price hike, which makes your payment jump by 37–66% depending on your plan. And if you forget to cancel NFL SUNDAY TICKET, or any other first-year promotional deals (like HBO Max), they will auto-renew, making your payment jump even higher. If that spooks you, look into fuboTV below.

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How to livestream Champions League

As with cable and satellite TV providers, most live TV streaming services have the channels you want. We recommend fuboTV because it’s our best streaming service for sports and best TV provider for watching soccer.

Best overall: fuboTV

Price:
$64.99-$79.99/mo.
Champions League channels:
CBS, CBS Sports Network, Galavisión, TUDN, UniMás, Univision, and Zona Fútbol
Streams:
3
DVR storage:
250-1,000 hrs.

Data as of post date. Offers and availability are subject to change.

fuboTV has dozens of sports channels (including regional sports networks). And 32 of those channels air live soccer games—including every channel you need to watch the Champions League.

Pro tip: Oye, Spanish speakers—we understand you love fútbol, so you’ll be muy stoked that 18 of fuboTV’s soccer-friendly channels broadcast en Español.

We recommend fuboTV’s Elite plan has 158+ channels, 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage, and 10 simultaneous streams for $79.99 a month. It also includes the fubo Extra add-on (regularly $7.99 a month), which includes Zona Fútbol—one of the soccer channels DIRECTV doesn’t have. So this is a solid deal. 

And if you want even more soccer, you can add International Sports Plus ($6.99 a month), which includes GOLTV in English and Spanish, TyC Sports, FOX Soccer Plus, and four more sports channels. And if you want even more soccer, there’s a RAI Italia add-on that has Serie A and Coppa Italia coverage for $8.99 a month.

Cheapest: Paramount+

Price:
$5.99-$9.99/mo.
Channels:
2
Streams:
2
DVR storage:
N/A

Data as of post date. Offers and availability are subject to change.

Although Paramount Plus is known for on-demand shows and movies, it has two live channels: CBS and CBS Sports Network, which air most of the Champions League action.

Pro tip: Paramount Plus is the rebranded CBS All Access.

Also, Paramount+ is one of the most affordable ways to watch Champions League matches. The basic plan is only $5.99 a month, and you can go ad-free for $9.99 per month. And if you subscribe for a full year, you’ll get a 50% discount, which is a solid deal for the 30,000+ hours of on-demand TV shows and movies from Paramount+, which include these popular titles:

TV Series

  • Comedy Central stand-up specials
  • Key & Peele
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Star Trek series

 

  • Survivor
  • Tosh.0
  • Young Sheldon

Movies

  • Grease
  • Indiana Jones quadrilogy
  • Minority Report
  • Nacho Libre

 

  • Scrooged
  • Star Trek films
  • Up in Smoke

If Paramount+ is still too expensive (no judgment—we feel ya), we might know cheaper ways to watch the Champions League.

How to watch Champions League free (or cheap)

Wow, penny-pinchers: we do know ways to watch Champions League for free or cheap. What a coincidence.

  • Sharing: If you split the costs of a live TV streaming plan with a friend or relative, you both can stream at the same time from the same account. 
  • Free trials: Both fuboTV and Paramount+ offer free 7-day trials. You could sign up, watch some Champions League games, and then cancel before the trial ends to avoid paying anything.
  • Over-the-air (OTA) antenna: For $30–$60, a good digital antenna can pick up all of your local broadcast affiliates—including CBS—with no monthly payment.

Final take

Now you’re all set to watch the 2021–22 Champions League. In the spirit of sports highlight segments, let’s recap:

  • Satellite TV provider DIRECTV has every Champions League channel but Zona Fútbol.
  • Live TV streaming service fuboTV has every channel needed to watch the Champions League in both English and Spanish.
  • On-demand streaming service Paramount+ has CBS and CBS Sports Network, which are all you need to watch the Champions League (in English, anyway).

How to watch Champions League FAQ

How can I watch Champions League for free?

You can totally watch Champions League for free. The best way is to sign up for a 7-day trial from fuboTV or Paramount+. As long as you cancel before the trial ends, you won’t pay a dime.

What channel is Champions League on?

The 2021–22 Champions League airs on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Galavisión, TUDN, UniMás, Univision, and Zona Fútbol.

Which streaming service has Champions League?

The fuboTV streaming service carries every channel that airs Champion League matches. CBS, CBS Sports Network, Galavisión, UniMás, and Univision all come in the Elite package ($79.99 per month, 158+ channels). Another Champions League channel, Zona Fútbol, is included in the fubo Extra add-on ($7.99 a month).

Or you can watch CBS and CBS Sports Network, which air all Champions League matches, live on Paramount+ for $5.99–$9.99 a month.

Both services offer free 7-day trials.

Can I stream Champions League?

Yeah, you can stream Champions League on any live TV streaming service that has CBS. Those would be fuboTV, Hulu, Paramount+, Sling TV (select markets), and YouTube TV.

Randy Harward’s music and entertainment writing has appeared in HARP, Guitar World, Blurt, Salt Lake City Weekly, Salt Lake Magazine, and dozens of other publications since 1998. When he’s not watching glorious, mind-rotting TV or the oscillating TV industry as a Staff Writer for CableTV.com, he watches TV for fun. His TV writing also pops up on SatelliteInternet.com and Move.org. Randy digs books, movies, burritos, disc golf, tarantulas, and cats.

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