How to Watch Match of the Day Online in Canada for Free

Match of the Day (MOTD) is the best football show for Premier League football. The show throws together the best bits of the match into 90 minutes. 

You can watch Match of the Day online on BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is a British online streaming platform that is only accessible from inside the UK and is blocked in Canada. So, fans in Canada cannot simply access the show online. 

The good news is that you can bypass BBC’s geo-blocks and watch MOTD from Canada by using a VPN.

With a VPN, you can unblock BBC iPlayer and watch Match of The Day online in Canada for free. Here’s everything you need to know. 

How to watch Match of the Day online in Canada for free

Follow these steps to watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer in Canada:

  1. Choose a VPN and subscribe to it. I highly recommend ExpressVPN as it is the cheapest VPN with plenty of servers worldwide.
  2. Download the VPN application on your device.
  3. Log in to your account.
  4. Connect to a UK server.
  5. Go to BBC iPlayer and watch Match of the Day for free.


Where is Match of the Day available online?

Match of the Day and other football programs are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Although, its on-demand version is not available straight away after the live show. Luckily, you can rewind the last broadcast to catch up.

New episodes of MOTD are available from midnight on the day of the broadcast. Each episode is available to stream or download until the next episode comes out, or seven days after the broadcast.

An amazing thing about BBC iPlayer is that it is a free streaming service. You don’t have to pay for a subscription because you can create an account on BBC iPlayer for free and watch Match of the Day.

Why do you need a VPN to watch MOTD in Canada?

Match of the Day is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is a British on-demand streaming service that is geo-blocked and viewers outside the UK are blocked from viewing its content.

If you try to access it from Canada, you will see a message saying something like, “Sorry the content you are trying to view is not available in your location.”


When you visit BBC iPlayer, it checks your IP address to check where you are located. As soon as it sees that you are in Canada, it restricts access to the site.

Luckily you can evade these geo-blocks using a VPN. With the help of a VPN, you can connect to a UK server to get a British IP address. This way you can appear to be in the UK where you can watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer without any issues.

With a VPN installed on your device, you can watch tons of other shows online that are restricted such as One Tree HillFresh Prince of Bel-AirHunger Games on Netflixand many more.

How to Sign Up for BBC iPlayer in Canada

Here’s how to sign up for a free BBC iPlayer account from Canada:

  1. First, subscribe to a VPN and connect to a UK server. 
  2. Head over to BBC iPlayer website and click the option of ‘Sign in’.
  3. Click the option ‘Don’t have a BBC account? Register now.’
  4. Now, add personal details like name, date of birth, address, and postal code. You can use any postal code like SW1A 1AA for London.
  5. Enter the required details, and select ‘Register’.
  6. Now, verify your email and you are all set.

Note: When you start watching something, it will ask you if you have a TV license. You can click the option ‘Yes’ and continue watching.

Devices on which you can watch BBC iPlayer 

You can watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer on any device you want. BBC iPlayer works on all major devices such as:

  • Windows
  • iOS
  • Android
  • macOS
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Roku
  • Amazon Firestick
  • Chromecast
  • Smart TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Xbox One, Xbox 360
  • PlayStation

You can see the full list of supported devices here.

How to watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV in Canada

To watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer on your Apple TV in Canada, you will need a VPN. This is because BBC iPlayer is not available on Apple TV outside the UK due to broadcasting rights.

Follow these steps to watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV in Canada:

  1. Turn on your Apple TV.
  2. Go to Settings > General > select ‘Region’. 
  3. Change the region to the UK.
  4. Once the region is switched, the next step is to set up a VPN.
  5. Subscribe to a VPN and set it on your router. I personally use ExpressVPN for its affordable plans and fast speeds.
  6. Once the VPN is set up, connect to a UK server and make sure your Apple TV is connected to the router.
  7. Visit App Store and search for BBC iPlayer app.
  8. Download the app and log in to enjoy Match of The Day for free on your Apple TV.

How to watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick in Canada

If you have an Amazon Firestick, you can directly install a VPN from the Amazon store and download the BBC iPlayer app from Canada.

Here’s how to watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick in Canada:

  1. Turn on your Firestick and go to Settings. 
  2. Click Device > Developer Options and enable ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’. 
  3. Now, install the Downloader app.
  4. From the Amazon Store download the ExpressVPN app.
  5. Open the app, and log in.
  6. Connect to a UK server.
  7. From Apps search for BBC iPlayer apps.
  8. Install the app.
  9. Launch it and log in.

Match of the Day Presenters, Analysts, & Commentators 

Here is a list of the current analysts for the MOTD season:

  • Gary Lineker
  • Alan Shearer
  • Martin Keown
  • Danny Murphy
  • Micah Richards
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Ian Wright
  • Steve Wilson
  • Jonathan Pearce
  • Martin Fisher

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I watch Match of the Day Live?

You can watch Match of the Day Live along with Premier League games on BBC iPlayer. 

Can I watch Match of the Day on my phone?

Yes, now you don’t have to miss an episode of MOTD as each episode is available on BBC iPlayer that you can download on your smartphone.

When can I watch MOTD on iPlayer?

MOTD is available at midnight the day after the broadcast due to the copyright agreements with Premier League.


BBC sports program Match of The Day is a great show for Premier League fans. The show discusses all the best bits from the matches. All the episodes of the show are available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

As you have already discovered, BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service that is not available anywhere outside the UK. Therefore, to watch MOTD on BBC iPlayer in Canada, you will need to use a VPN app.

Grab a VPN, unblock BBC iPlayer in Canada, and stream plenty of English Football online for free.

Jack Foster is a tech geek and a binge-watcher with a major interest in streaming. He loves to blog about the latest movies, TV series, all events, and happenings in the steaming and entertainment industry.

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