Euro 2021 is coming, after Coronavirus forced the cancellation of Euro 2020. But fingers crossed, the 2021 tournament will be just as entertaining.
Currently Sky Sports holds the rights to the UEFA Euro 2021 competition in New Zealand. They claim all games will be available live via their TV platform.
I'd assume Sky Go will also stream the games however it's not been confirmed yet.
It's disappointing for kiwi's as they will likely have to shell out for Spark Sports for Premier League and Sky Sports for the European Championships.
So what other options are there for you?
Can I Watch Euro 2021 In NZ?
Yes you can! You just need a Sky Sports subscription. This is good for people who have poor internet to watch the games in HD quality with no buffering.
This comes at a cost though, as in the UK the games are being streamed live and on-demand for free by ITV and BBC.
With a UK VPN you'll be able to connect to these platforms and watch the games for free.
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What is a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a piece of software that runs in the background on your device and replaces your normal IP address with an overseas one.
With one click you can change your IP address to any country in the world. This makes it possible to unlock local content you usually couldn't access, fast and safe.
Additionally a VPN allows you to remain secure online, by protecting your real identity from prying eyes such as your ISP and local authorities.
VPN's don't track your usage either, allowing you to do whatever you like online.
There's many VPN providers out there, but we only recommend the best and most affordable for New Zealand residents and tourists.
How To Access Euro 2021 With A VPN
There is no way to watch Euro 2021 for free in New Zealand without using a VPN or Smart DNS provider. Fortunately these are very affordable to purchase.
Follow this simple five step process to watch Euro 2021 for free.
1. Purchase Cheapest VPN Plan
Surfshark is one of the most affordable providers out there, with plans starting at $1.99USD per month. This works out to be around $3.15 per month in NZD.
You can purchase with Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Amazon Pay and Google Pay. A full 30 day money back guarantee is included.
2. Download The Application
You'll receive an email with your login details.
Additionally you'll be able to download their software for your device.
They offer support for MacOS, Windows, Linux, FireTV, AppleTV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Google Chrome, Firefox and Roku.
3. Login To Your VPN Account
Once the app is installed, you'll need to use the username and password to login.
The app will remember your login details for future access.
4. Activate & Choose UK Server
You'll be able to change locations in a matter of seconds. Click connect and once the Surfshark logo lights up green you'll be connected.
If you want fast speeds then choosing the Optimal location will be your best option.
Currently they offer over 63 countries across 6 continents to choose from.
5. Signup & Start Watching
Ensure you're connected to a location where the app is based, i.e. United States.
Then it's time to visit ITV player and signup for your free account. Once you've verified your account, you'll be able to watch their content.
You can then disconnect the VPN when you'e finished and reload again next time using the quick connect option.
What is Euro 2021?
The Euro 2021 is on track to be the 16th event of the UEFA European Championship, one of the highest-level men’s professional football tournaments in the world.
The event occurs every four years, where it has done so since 1960, and is played two years before/after the World Cup. The is competed in by the members of UEFA, and thus is an international event, played by the top 24 international teams of Europe.
Euro 2020 History
As of the time of writing, the most recent event haven taken place was in France in 2016, which was ultimately won by Portugal, having defeated the host nation 1-0 in the finals and their first major final trophy.
As such, Portugal will therefore be the defending champions of the 2020 event, which is scheduled to take place between the 12th of June to the 12th of July.
How Euro 2021 Will Work?
Whereas typically the Euro is hosted in a single country throughout its entire duration, Euro 2021 will be be played across twelve different venues in twelve different cities, as a means of honouring the 60th birthday of the tournament.
This was a decision made as far back as 2012, a suggestion proposed by Michael Platini, who was the UEFA president at the time.
Host cities include Amsterdam, Baku, Budapest, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Dublin, Bilbao and Bucharest.
Host cities were split into six groups, determined by a series of factors such as geography, sporting ability and political considerations.
The competition is comprised of 24 teams, from a possible 55 who could qualify. Qualifications for the 2021 event began as early as March 2019 and are scheduled to conclude in March of 2020.
As of the time of writing, 20 teams have qualified for the event. 20 teams achieved qualification based on their performance in the group stage, which is comprised of a group stage.
How To Qualify For Euro 2021?
The 55 teams were split into five groups of 5 and five groups of 6, the top two of each group comprising 20 of the 24 teams for the main event. The remaining four teams will be granted access based on the results of a playoff series in March.
The draw for the group stage took place in December 2018, the seeding for the group stage determined by how each team fared in the previous year’s UEFA National League competition.
Seventeen of the twenty teams that have qualified for the 2021 event took part in the 2016 event. Amongst those are Belgium and Italy, who have exhibited world class play through unbeaten qualification series and are on track to be serious contenders for the title.
The 2021 Event Is Ready
With 20 teams having already qualified, the initial group stages of the Euro 2021 have already been determined.
Amongst the already determined groups is Group F, which has been referred to by pundits as another instance of a ‘Group of Death’, featuring three exceptional teams in Portugal, France and Germany, with the fourth member of the group not yet decided.
Euro 2020 New Zealand FAQ's
1. Do you have to be in UK to watch Euro 2021?
No, you can watch in New Zealand using Sky Sports TV, although you'll need the Sports Pack. While likely you can use Sky Go, it's not been confirmed yet.
2. Is Euro 2020 available in NZ?
Euro 2020 is not currently available in New Zealand. Currently you have to be located in the United States and it's territories, Canada or UK. To watch Euro 2020 here, you need to use a VPN provider with Indian or US servers to bypass geo-restrictions.
3. What is the price of Euro 2021?
At the time of writing, the cheapest plan is available in India and is free supported by ads. Euro 2020 premium costs ₹299/month or ₹999/year, the VIP account costs only ₹365/year.
4. How do I get Euro 2021 on the TV?
If you've got a smart TV, download the VPN app and then choose relevant UK server. You'll be able to find ITV player in the app store.
If you can't you can always sideload the app onto your TV if it's supported using these links.
Additionally you can install the VPN app on your router, if it's supported and this will allow you to cast content from the Hulu website on your laptop or smartphone to the TV.
Alternatively simply watch on the Sky Go app (if available at the time) and cast to your TV using Chromecast or Google Sharing. Additionally some NZ TV's offer the Sky Go app by default when you purchase.
5. Is Euro 2021 coming to NZ?
Yes, all games will be streamed live and on-demand in New Zealand.
6. What teams can I watch at Euro 2021?
Currently 20 teams have qualified, with 4 teams to be added after 2 playoff matches.
- Czech Republic
The play off teams that could potentially make it to Euro 2021 include:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina