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Watch the World Cup the Right Way: The Soccer Fan’s Tech Playbook

It’s time for the globe’s favorite sport to take center stage again, and you don’t have to be in Rio to drink of the World Cup.

Here’s how to make the most of the month-long tournament that ends with one remaining nation still dancing come July 13’s title match. If the games are half as entertaining as the ads promoting them are, we’re all in for a treat.

credit: ESPN
credit: ESPN

Watch about a million ways thanks to ESPN

All 64 matches will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC in English. For Spanish speakers? Univision has you covered.

Don’t have a TV? All games can be streamed live via WatchESPN and ESPN3.  You’ll just need to punch in your cable subscription or an Internet service provider to access the feeds. If your tablet or smartphone has the WatchESPN app or WatchABC app, you’ll be able to follow your favorite national team.

FIFA fans with Xbox Live, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast can also catch the action.

In addition, ESPN has redesigned ESPN FC for mobile and desktop, sharing instant 24/7 news coverage coming out of Brazil. Oh, and the app is available in a number of different languages. If ESPN isn’t your bag, FIFA has its own app, too.


One Team One Dream Bus

The best football follows on Twitter

There are also the standard accounts to keep an eye on, like the official handle for FIFA and the U.S. Men’s National Team.

That’ll keep you entertained to a point, but for next-level analysis, follow lead ESPN commentator Ian Darke, and check out the insights from Adrian Healey.


These footballers have the finest filters on Instagram.

Not only should you peruse the behind-the-scenes musings of America’s team, but for a more personal point of view, follow U.S. superstars Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard.


World Cup Montage

It’s Extra Time, and here’s what you need:

  • Make your mobile phone your remote. With a Samsung smartphone in your hand, the Samsung TV Remote App is simple.
  • While Rio’s time zone is only one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, you’ll want to check out numerous afternoon games while still clocked in at work. So pick up a privacy screen for your computer and follow the action in secret.
  • Getting antsy and want to play on the pitch yourself? Buy FIFA ’14 for your gaming console and take control of the game’s outcome.