While FIFA may be one of the most corrupt organizations in the world (depending on who you talk to), that won't stop millions of us from tuning in this Thursday, June 12th, to watch the first game of what's going to be a month-long World Cup affair.
If you're stateside, there are plenty of ways to watch the games, whether you want to watch on your big screen TV or right from your mobile. Below, I've listed some of the mobile apps and online websites you can use to make sure you don't miss a single World Cup 2014 game.
Through its WatchESPN mobile apps and WatchESPN online site, ESPN will be streaming all 64 World Cup matches from its umbrella of ESPN channels—including ABC. Using your cable provider credentials, you can log in on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or just watch as they air on cable.
On the mobile app, you can find the 014 FIFA World Cup shortcut in the menu, where you'll be able to not only enjoy the games (in multiple languages), but also watch them with alternate camera angles and view ESPN commentaries if desired.
If you have a Chromecast, just tap on the Chromecast icon at the top to cast to your television, which is a great way to watch the games if you're World Cup parties are stationed at your friend's house instead of yours.
Through your Chrome browser, you can log into WatchESPN and cast your web browser, as long as you have the Chromecast extension.
Your cable provider must have a "TV Everywhere" agreement with ESPN to work. This includes Time Warner, Comcast, Dish, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, etc. Sorry, DirecTV users, you're out of luck.
In order to stream to Chromecast, you can use an app like AllCast with the Univision Deportes app, but this hasn't been tested out yet. If it indeed doesn't work, simply cast the online Univision website tab through the Chrome extension.
Yes, all of the matches will be in Spanish, but even if you don't understand it, who cares? Soccer in Spanish is way better.
Cable providers that work include DirecTV, Time Warner, Dish, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, etc.
Networks from across the world will be streaming World Cup matches, from the likes of BBC, CBC, SBS, RTE, and ITV. Unfortunately, if you're in the United States, you don't have access to these networks.
Not to worry! Using a VPN like Hola, you can unlock access to all of these sites no matter where you're located in the world and watch any game you want.
Finally, if all else fails you can watch any World Cup match from one of the various options of streaming services online. I won't name any names, but I know of one site that can provide a first row seat to all of the World Cup matches of 2014.
Just search Google for specific keywords related to the match you're trying to see, and you'll come across a load of them. From there, cast your tab to Chromecast and you've got all of the World Cup matches on your television. Just be warned—sites that pirate content are not only illegal, but are loaded with ads, malware, and spyware. Proceed with caution, and if you run into any must-complete popup quizzes, there's a way to get around those.
Have any tips on where else to watch the game? Let us know!