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How to Watch NFL in Canada (Free & Paid Ways) | November 2021

With the 2021-22 NFL season in full swing now that we’re acclimatizing to the new reality brought on by the pandemic, football fans are going to need a place to watch the weekly games. So, here’s a guide explaining free and paid options to watch NFL in Canada.

We’re currently heading into the 11th week of the NFL 2021-2022 Season. However, getting access to reliable streams to watch NFL in Cannada live isn’t always easy. This is because a lot of services are geo-restricted. Buccaneers will be defending their championship.

However, to use those free and paid options, using a VPN is a must because many of these services are geo-restricted. We recommend using ExpressVPN.

If you’re interested in watching NFL with one of our free recommended methods, head over to our quick guide. If you want to browse through our other recommendations, keep reading on.


How to Watch NFL in Canada for Free

The steps that I will mention below will help you access NFL matches live in Canada. Since it is a free option and has legal implications, you will need to use a VPN. Our top choice is ExpressVPN.

Once you have subscribed to the VPN service, you’re good to follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the website USTV GO website

Step 2: Click on NFL Network

Step 3: Click on Play and it will start streaming live!


Best Free Options to Watch NFL Live in Canada

Free services generally tend to have limited options and coverage. Regardless, if you’re not looking to spend too much, but still want to keep up with the NFL, these are some great options.

USTV Go

USTV Go is certainly not an official way to watch NFL Live on your devices but is certainly one of our recommended methods.

It is NOT a geo-restricted service but it is still advisable to use a VPN such as ExpressVPN for safe streaming because of its legality issues. It will hide your IP address so you do not get caught by law enforcement.


7Plus (Australian)

7Plus is an Australia-based free-to-air online service, which currently has the rights to stream 2020-21 NFL season games (only highlights and replays). All that is needed to access the service in Canada is a VPN.

This service is currently the top free-to-air digital channel in Australia and offers a lot more than just NFL coverage.


Fox Sports Go

Fox Sports Go service offers limited coverage of NFL games and pre and post-game commentary and analyses. As with 7Plus, this service is geo-restricted and must be accessed with a VPN.


The Official NFL App

The NFL app is perfect for full coverage of prime-time games, highlights, and breaking news. However, this can only be accessed on portable devices like smartphones, and in the US.

Therefore, if you want to use the app, you’re going to have to use a VPN service that has a phone application available.


NBC Sports

NBC Sports is an online streaming extension of NBC that compiles all its live programming from its sports channels into one online streaming platform.

As with the other free options on this list, a VPN is going to be needed to take advantage of this service to watch live NFL games in Canada.


Best Paid Options to Watch NFL Live in Canada

If you’re okay with spending a little bit on a monthly subscription, there are some great options available to you for streaming NFL games live on match days.

NFL Game Pass is the premium way to watch NFL in Canada. You can get NFL Game Pass with the help of the DAZN service that is easily available in Canada but costs CAD20/month.

If you want to use a streaming service that is geo-restricted from Canada, you’re going to have to use a VPN to unblock it if you reside there.

DAZN

DAZN offers global on-demand streaming of sports. Specifically, it offers complete coverage of every NFL game, as well as the NFL draft via NFL Game Pass. DAZN does not need to be accessed using a VPN.

DAZN offers a free trial during the first month for newcomers so that you can test out the service. After this period, you can either subscribe to its CAD 20 Monthly plan or its CAD 150 annual plan.

This is definitely the best option if you want to watch NFL in Canada and without a VPN as well.


Youtube TV

Youtube TV is Google’s foray into online live television broadcasting. It offers over 85 channels which you get access to for $64.99/mo. With this, you also get access to live NFL matches.

Unfortunately, a lot of these streams are geo-restricted, so a VPN will be needed to ensure no stream is blocked when you need it.

Initially, the price point may seem a bit too much, but it has to be emphasized that this is meant to be a replacement for all of your traditional television viewing needs.


Sling TV

Sling TV streaming service offers full coverage of NFL matches through the NFL Network and NFL RedZone, as well as more than 50 other channels you can stream.

Sling TV is currently not available in Canada, so a VPN like ExpressVPN will be needed to access the site and apps.

The streaming service also offers thousands of shows and movies as well. All of this comes down to just $30/mo.


The VPNs We Recommend for Watching NFL in Canada

When going through numerous streaming services offering coverage of this ongoing NFL season, we found that ExpressVPN works best on average with every platform.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is now offering a 15-month plan at a rate of $6.67/month (Black Friday Deal with 3 Months Free), provided with a 30-day money-back guarantee, for a shorter commitment that is still relatively cheap.

With servers in 22 locations in the US, out of a total of 3000+ servers across 94 countries, ExpressVPN definitely has a stronger global presence than any other VPNs on this list.

Not to be understated, ExpressVPN’s in-built speed test feature, allows you to determine which server is working best at the time of your live NFL match stream.

If this isn’t enough to convince you that ExpressVPN is the best option for you, have a look at some of the other Premium VPNs we recommend down below.


2. Surfshark

Surfshark is offering its 2-year plan for just $2.21/month (Black Friday Deal), bringing its sale price down by $0.28 and making it the cheapest of the VPNs that we’ve verified.

If you pay for a single subscription, you get access to the VPN servers across an unlimited number of devices, making it perfect as a family package, or for someone with a lot of tech devices.

Obviously, most streaming services broadcasting NFL matches are likely to be US-based, so the fact that Surfshark gives you access to over 500 American servers is wonderful.

Of course, this is just a fraction of the total which is 3,500+ servers across 65 countries.

The VPN comes with a camouflage mode which disguises you from your internet service provider, as well as a white-lister, letting you select which programs can bypass the VPN.


3. NordVPN

NordVPN offers a 2-year plan that is priced at just $3.29/month (Black Friday Deal), this subscription gives you a ton of server options as well as some really neat features.

1947 US servers out of a total of 5402 servers are offered, and all of these can be accessed across 6 devices simultaneously, from your phone to your personal computers.

Such a large number of servers don’t just serve as an impressive statistic, it also means you’ll always have backups, even if there is a huge server failure, to keep streaming NFL matches.

NordVPN also has great features like double-protection, allowing you to change your IP address twice, and CyberSec, limiting access to known malicious sites and content.

NordVPN, as with many other VPNs on this list, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so that you can test it out before you decide to commit to it.


Why is a Premium VPN Needed for Some Platforms?

So, we’ve told you that some streaming services are geo-restricted from Canada, but you might be wondering what that means, and why it happens.

Essentially, certain companies in America own the rights to show and stream live NFL matches, and for them to display their content abroad, they need to get appropriate local licenses.

If these companies do not get the licensing to operate in certain areas, or do not have the rights to show specific content in those areas, they simply restrict the entire platform.

In other cases, they may simply restrict some streams and content, and not others, or just agree with local platforms to let them stream it, rather than directly doing so.

This is the case with DAZN, which has the right to show complete coverage of NFL matches in Canada from the NFL Network.

This is why a VPN is needed, in the case of geo-restricted content.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) such as ExpressVPN uses special private servers to mimic a private network, allowing you to disguise your IP address, which is how you’re identified on the internet.

When you connect to a US server on a VPN, your IP address is disguised to seem like a US IP, so that streaming services think you’re accessing them from within the US.

If you’re thinking about VPNs that are advertised as being free, we recommend you be cautious. Most of the time these services are shells for malware and adware.

The private servers that VPNs use require constant maintenance, which costs money. To maintain the service, providers must have some sort of revenue to funnel back in.

This is why free VPNs are dubious. The cost of the service is too high for the providers to offer it for free. Of course, there are exceptions like Hotspot Shield (though their free service is limited).

The VPNs we’ve recommended have been tested with all the recommended services and are known to work, while some other premium VPNs don’t because they’re specifically blocked.


NFL 2021-2022 Season Schedule (Week 13 of 18)

Matches Date Canadian Local Time
CowBoys vs Saints 12/2 8:20 pm
Colts vs Texans 12/5 1:00 pm
Vikings vs Lions 12/5 1:00 pm
Giants vs Dolphins 12/5 1:00 pm
Buccaneers vs Falcons 12/5 1:00 pm
Eagles vs Jets 12/5 1:00 pm
Cardinals vs Bears 12/5 1:00 pm
Chargers vs Bengals 12/5 1:00 pm
Jaguars vs Rams 12/5 4:05 pm
Washington vs Raiders 12/5 4:05 pm
Ravens vs Steelers 12/5 4:25 pm
49ers vs Seahawks 12/5 4:25 pm
Broncos vs Chiefs 12/6 8:20 pm

Related Questions

Is NFL Game Pass available in Canada?

Yes, NFL Game Pass is only available in Canada through the DAZN service. DAZN is a paid service and it costs $19.99/month.

How many NFL teams are in Canada?

Canada has their own Football League which is referred to as CFL (Canadian Football League) and has nine teams where each team plays 18 games.

Has CFL Played NFL?

Yes, there has been only one occasion between 1950 to 1961 where NFL teams played against CFL in 6 games. In all of those 6 games, NFL won their matches.

Is American Football big in Canada?

Yes, Football is the second most popular sport (spectator-wise) played in Canada. However, soccer has currently the most registered players of any team sport in Canada.


Closing Words

We’ve given you a ton of options for you to get caught up with the current NFL 2021 season, from free services you may not have heard of, to well-known paid ones.

A lot of these require access to VPNs as we’ve said before, and now you know how to use them. But the usefulness of VPNs doesn’t just stop at entertainment.

Having a VPN means you can browse the internet the way you want, without restrictions based on location, and without the fear of being monitored and having your information stolen.

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