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Sport

So! What's your game? What can you cannot go without for at least 24 hours without reaching for some kind of information about your favourite sport?

Football is probably the one sport that means so much to so many people around the world. The Americans (of course) call it soccer. It doesn't really matter, but football is where a ball is kicked around for 90 minutes or more, and not thrown / carried in a stop-start game which vaguely resembles rugby and played in tin hats (and where the 'ball' is infrequently kicked).

Now, for the vast majority of the world's population that lives outside of the US, (proper) football is frequently the sport of choice. Where you live will dictate exactly how much you rate your chosen sport. Add to this personal circumstances, and you will see strong variations. But as this website is reaching out to a global population (not just the UK), football has to be number one.

From a personal perspective, football is the top sport within our own four walls (even the wife watches occasionally!).

At this point we'd like to refer you to one of our other websites. Footie Index is a pet project. Currently covering all UK league football games with data-led predictions, we shall be continuing to work on bringing you the sort of improvements that come with increased knowledge and experience. Worth a look, and with big plans for the 2016-17 season, then it could be one for bookmarking (if you are serious about the game).

Other sports

Even when it is measured by it's vast popularity, football can be dwarfed in the popularity of all other major sports combined. This is where we shall give consideration to other sports which also have a substantial fan base. We'll kick-off (please excuse the pun) with some newsfeeds to major sports (starting, obviously, with football):


Overseas?

OK. Let's now talk about watching sport overseas. Broadcasters and their software are becoming wiser / smarter as each year passes. One way to try and watch your favourite sport (or any other programme) is to use a 'VPN' (Virtual Private Network). We've already covered this topic on our Television Page.

Good luck in finding a VPN that suits your needs, but as a further reminder, always remember that some public outlets (such as bars) do sometimes carry English sports broadcasts. This seems to be especially true of countries with historical links to the UK (such as Canada). Try the International sports search website Soccer Bars to locate a facility in your area.

A further tip is to visit Expats.org. The best way to find anything is to ask an ex-Pat!

Also look out for major broadcasters that may have their own subscription services that may give you a link to UK TV. For example, ESPN (US-based) is an international broadcaster and has a presence in the UK as well. We haven't personally investigated this possibility, but it's worth keeping track of any developments that may give you what you want.

Overall, the world of broadcast media is continually evolving. VPN's may actually prompt country-dedicated broadcasters to reconsider their limitations and open their 'boundaries' to viewers from countries other then where they are based.


In the UK

If you are holidaying in the UK, and do not have access to the match of your choice, then there is a very usefl website you can visit to find a club / bar/ pub (or any other institution) where you can watch subscriber channels. This website has a searchable map and even allows you to search for sports other than football: Match Pint!


Have a great holiday!