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Is the Premier League Free? The Ultimate Guide to Watching EPL in the USA

I know as a soccer fanatic, you want to watch every heart-pounding match of the Premier League season. But between all the networks and streaming platforms out there, figuring out what you can actually watch for FREE can be super frustrating!

Well, I‘ve dug into all the options and have got your back. Read on to learn how you can stream plenty of EPL action without paying a dime here in the US. I‘ll break it down from free trials of paid services to totally free sources. Let‘s kick off!

The Short Answer: Yes, You Can Watch Some EPL Games for Free!

While NBC and their partners hold the exclusive US media rights to the Premier League, they do offer a decent number of matches on free over-the-air NBC and partner channels. Their Peacock streaming service also has some games available on their free tier.

Beyond that, you can catch extended highlights, analysis shows, radio commentary, and even full replays after the 48-hour blackout window for free. And with some effort, it‘s possible to access certain UK or Spanish language broadcasts for free with an antenna or VPN.

So yes, you can definitely watch a good amount of the Premier League at no cost. Keep reading and I‘ll explain your options in more detail!

Watch Up to 12 Games per Season on NBC and USA Network

As the primary EPL broadcaster in the US, NBC airs a "game of the week" on their flagship NBC broadcast channel, which is freely available with a digital antenna. They also show select matches on USA Network, which you may also get over the air depending on your location.

Per NBC‘s current EPL deal, they can show up to 12 matches per season across these free channels. While 12 games is just a fraction of the 380 total, it‘s still an awesome free option for major marquee matches!

Catch Live Games and Highlights on Peacock‘s Free Tier

NBC‘s Peacock streaming service offers some great free EPL content across both their free ad-supported tier and paid premium tiers.

On the free level, you get:

  • At least 4 live games throughout the season
  • Live simulcasts of all games aired on NBC and USA Network
  • Highlights, analysis, previews, and replays for every match

Having a legal source for highlights of all 380 Premier League games is an amazing free offering for US fans!

Use Free Trials to Stream Premium Soccer Coverage

Now, if you want access to ALL live EPL matches, NBC‘s paid services are the only legal way. The good news is both Peacock Premium and other live TV streamers offer free trials so you can catch some games for free before deciding on a paid subscription.

Here are the options:

  • Peacock Premium – $4.99/month, 7-day free trial
  • Sling TV – $35/month, 3-day free trial
  • Hulu + Live TV – $69.99/month, 7-day free trial
  • DirecTV Stream – $69.99/month, 5-day free trial
  • FuboTV – $69.99/month, 7-day free trial

I recommend signing up for a trial around a big Premier League matchday, so you can get the most out of the free viewing period. And be sure to cancel before you‘re charged if you don‘t want to continue the paid service.

Utilizing these trials strategically, you could potentially watch a good portion of the EPL season for free before needing to pay.

Watch Extended Highlights and Analysis on YouTube

While not full live matches, YouTube is a goldmine of Premier League highlights, commentary, analysis, and more available for FREE.

Great YouTube channels include:

  • Premier League – Official EPL channel, highlights of every match plus mini-matches, previews, and features
  • NBC Sports – Highlights from their coverage
  • ESPN FC – Analysis shows and highlights
  • Sky Sports Football – Highlights from UK broadcaster

You can get a fantastic taste of all the best EPL moments throughout the season from these channels without paying a penny!

Listen to Live Radio Broadcasts

If you just want to follow the live play-by-play action without directly watching, Premier League radio commentary is another free option.

SiriusXM FC streams every matchday live on their app for free. The BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra station also has live commentary. Listening along is a great way to keep up with the games on the go!

Watch at Your Local Soccer Bar

Experiencing the energy and excitement of cheering on your club surrounded by other fans is hard to beat! Many soccer bars and pubs in the US purchase special services so they can air all Premier League games.

Yelp and Google are your friends here – search for sports bars in your area and give them a call to ask what EPL packages they offer. Then head over and soak up the thrilling match action at no cost.

Strategic Viewing with a VPN

Since Premier League rights are sold separately in each country, games available for free in one region may not be accessible or broadcast at all in others. This "geo-blocking" keeps US fans from directly watching UK or international streams.

However, with a good Virtual Private Network (VPN) service you can work around these restrictions and open up more free viewing options!

Here‘s how it works:

  1. Connect to a VPN server located in the UK. This will make streaming sites think you are accessing them from there.
  2. Go to a site like BBC iPlayer and stream their EPL coverage for free with a UK TV license.
  3. Similarly, you can use a VPN to access free Spanish broadcasts on ESPN Deportes, GolTV, and other international channels.

With some clever viewing and a good VPN, you can maximize your ability to watch the Premier League for free!

Split the Cost of a Paid Streaming Service

At the end of the day, getting access to every single Premier League match does require paying for a premium streaming package from NBC, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, or another provider. With prices starting at $40-70 per month, that‘s no small expense for one person.

My advice? Find a fellow fan to go in on it with you! By splitting the cost, you‘ll both save substantially over paying alone. Plus, you can have fun watching the matches together.

There are even services like Hulu and YouTube TV that allow multiple users to share the same account while streaming from different devices or locations.

Crunching the Numbers on Free Streaming

To give you an idea of just how much Premier League action you can realistically watch for free in the US, here‘s a quick breakdown of free streaming sources and how many games they cover:

  • NBC/USA Network – Up to 12 games
  • Peacock Free Tier – At least 4 full games
  • 7-day Free Streaming Trial – Up to 14 games (2 per day on a match weekend)
  • YouTube Highlights – All 380 games in excerpt format
  • SiriusXM Radio – All 380 games live

Adding up the low end estimate, that‘s over 40 live games you could watch completely free, plus highlights from all 380 matches!

With the help of soccer bar viewings, a VPN, or going in on a paid streaming plan with a friend, you can boost the free match total even higher.

The bottom line: As a savvy fan, you can find ways to watch a LOT of the soccer you love for free or very cheap here in the US! It just takes some creativity.

I hope this guide gives you clarity on getting your fill of Premier League action without breaking the bank this season. Let me know if you have any other questions! Enjoy the matches!