Are you looking for advice on how to watch Champions league in New Zealand? Well you’re in the right place.
Today we’ll show you various options, both free and paid.
What is the Champions League?
The UEFA Champion’s League, often abbreviated as the UCL, is an annual men’s association football tournament operated by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), competed in by the highest-level clubs in European football.
The UCL is one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world, where the best teams in Europe, and by extension the world, compete in a series of matches to determine who is the best team in Europe.
Champions League History
The UCL was established in 1955, where it was known as the European Champion’s Cup, and open only to the clubs that each finished the top of their respective national domestic leagues.
It has since expanded to over 80 teams (however, only 32 participate in the group stages), comprising not only the top place finishers of domestic European leagues, but typically the top 4 as well, as winners of various other competitions, such as the UEFA Europa League.
Prior to 1992, the UCL was known as the European Champion’s Cup, and was purely an elimination format, knockout tournament.
However, the UCL took on its current name in 1992, and in this year, moved from a simple elimination tournament format to the addition of a round-robin group stage.
Sixteen teams participated in the first iteration of the league, and throughout the remainder of the 20th century, it continued to grow in popularity and prestige, culminating in the powerhouse league it is today.
The Champions League Today
Roughly 80 teams compete in the Champion’s League each season, primarily from domestic European leagues. The UEFA Coefficient is a tool used to rank the standard of these leagues, and the number of teams that can qualify depend on the league’s UEFA Coefficient. F
or example, the top four finishers of the English Premier League qualify for the group stages of the following year’s Champions League, as it is considered one of the strongest leagues in the world, and thus retains a consistently high UEFA coefficient.
Whereas Turkey, whose domestic league is not as strong, can only have one team qualify from their domestic league per season.
The Last 32 Stages
The tournament is not considered to have ‘properly’ begun until the 32 team group stage, where teams are split into 8 divisions of four in a round robin format.
Teams are divided based on a draw, which utilises seeding, with an additional condition that teams from the same nation cannot compete against each other at this stage.
The top two finishers of the round robin from each division qualify for the next 16.
A series of further matches takes place between the final 16, which is known as the ‘knockout stage’ slowly reducing the pool until the quarter finals take place.
Champions League Final
Following a series of finals matches, the league culminates in the final match of the season, between the top two finishers, to determine the winner of the competition.
The finals typically take place in the final two weeks of May or in early June, and is one of the most viewed sporting events in the world.
Watch Champions League NZ
Date: September – May yearly
NZ Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Australia: Kayo Sports / Foxtel
UK: BT Sport (Potentially ITV in 2021)
Asia: Goal.com (Free)
Best Option: Goal.com
How To Use Goal.com In NZ?
This is a sports platform that has rights to stream all Champions League games in South East Asia. Currently these countries include; Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and some games are in Taiwan. Now the beauty here is that the commentary is in English and they stream all games free, no signup needed.
You only need to make your internet connection look like you’re in one of those countries.
With a PureVPN subscription you can, it costs $10.95 monthly or $2.88 on a 2 year plan.
Use our exclusive coupon code below and visit PureVPN and signup.
You can pay with credit/debit card as well as Paypal, Alipay, PaymentWall and Bluesnap which offer a range of features depending on your country of payment method.
Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with your login details. Make a note of these and then proceed to choose the device type you wish to install their application on.
You can use PureVPN’s extensive app coverage which includes Chromecast, Smart TV’s, Roku, Android TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, Linux or router level vpn.
If you were planning to use your laptop/tv to watch Goal.com then download the app for your device or simply visit Goal.com
Now connect PureVPN to their Thailand, Laos or Philippines server.
Now visit the Goalpass website and start streaming.
“Watch this match LIVE & Exclusive on GOAL.com. 100 percent free, legal and uninterrupted LIVE stream. No credit card needed, just visit and watch.
Watch on any device, anywhere – mobile, desktop & laptop. The stream begins at 2:00 am (Thailand/Laos/Cambodia) and 3:00 am (Philippines) on Thursday.”