Watch Soccer Online

Watching soccer online in South Africa without DSTV is simple if you sign up to ESPN+, Hotstar or a number of other sites we’ll list below. These websites are all blocked in South Africa so you will need to first set your Smart DNS proxy up to be able to access them.

If you haven’t done that yet then sign up for your free trial here first.

Once you’ve completed the Smart DNS setup procedure you can watch soccer online at the following sites:

Hotstar and SonyLiv are Indian websites so you’ll need to make sure your Region settings on your Smart DNS Account are setup properly. Make sure Channel Group B and D are set to “India”. You can check out a detailed guide on signing up for Hotstar and SonyLiv paid accounts.

If you want to watch ESPN+ then you’ll need to leave Channel Group B set to “United States”. You can read more on our guide on how to sign up for ESPN+ outside the USA.

Each of these sports streaming websites focus on different football leagues and competitions. Here’s a rough guide on what soccer is streamed on each website.


Hotstar doesn’t stream a lot of soccer tournaments but English Premiership streaming makes it one of the more popular options. If you want to watch English Premiership football online in South Africa then Hotstar is your best bet if you don’t have DSTV.

If you want to watch German football then it’s a good option too as they stream a lot of the Bundesliga games as well as great highlights packages.

  • English Premier League
  • Bundesliga German Football


SonyLiv is your best bet to stream UEFA Champions League games. They also stream a number of other European football tournaments.

  • UEFA Champions League
  • Serie A Italian Football
  • UEFA Europa League
  • European Qualifiers


ESPN+ streams a lot of European football as well as all the MLS American soccer games.

  • English League Championship (EFL)
  • English League 1
  • Italian Serie A Football League
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • Danish Superliga
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • WAFU Cup Of Nations
  • Allsvenskan Swedish Soccer
  • UEFA European Qualifiers
  • A League Australian Football

English Premiership Soccer

The English Premiership is probably the most popular football league. Hotstar streams live Premiership games and they also have great preview, roundup and soccer highlights packages from all the English Premiership soccer games. Hotstar also shows some classic games if you enjoy a trip down memory lane. Besides the live streams they also allow you to watch all the replays of full Premiership matches.

English League Championship (EFL)

The English Football League Championship sees 24 of the top English League clubs compete to see who progresses to the English Premiership. All the English League Championship games are streamed live on ESPN+.

UEFA Championship League

The UEFA Champions League pits the top European football teams against each other. You can watch UEFA Champions League online on SonyLiv.

La Liga Spanish Football

The top Spanish teams compete to see who will be crowned Spanish football champions. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are normally the teams battling it out for top spot with Atletico Madrid offering some solid resistance too. You can stream La Liga football on BeIn Sports. It costs around R200 a month but there’s plenty more football to watch besides the La Liga games. BeIn Sports also streams the Serie A, EFL games as well as some French Ligue 1 soccer. They also stream tennis like the WTA Beijing games.

Serie A Italian Football

All the Italian Serie A games are streamed on both ESPN+ and SonyLiv. SonyLiv is especially good because they also have great highlights shows and videos showing just the goals from each game. They also show the pre-match, half time break and post match interviews and discussions of each game. In addition to the highlights from each game they also have a video showing the football highlights from each match day.


For all the best German football action stream Bundesliga soccer on Hotstar. Full games as well as special highlights videos are available on the site.

Dutch Eredivisie

The Eredivisie is the top Dutch football league. UEFA currently ranks it as the 11th best league in Europe. You can watch all the Dutch football games on ESPN+.

MLS Major League Soccer

If you want to watch all the American Major League Soccer games you can stream them on ESPN+.

UEFA U21 European Championships

If you want to watch the UEFA U21 soccer online you can stream it for free on Laola. It’s an Austrian site that streams some smaller events like the Under 21 Championships and even sports like table tennis and German and Korean basketball. It’s free to watch and there’s no registration required.

To watch soccer online in South Africa your best bet is to unblock these sites with Smart DNS Proxy and then sign up with the website that streams the soccer tournament you want to watch online.