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Tokyo Olympics: How to watch men’s soccer

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One major soccer tournament just wrapped up with Euro 2020, but now the whole world will get involved in the Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament.

Like the women’s soccer tournament at the games, the men’s soccer tournament is kicking off prior to the Opening Ceremony on July 23 and will take place throughout the two weeks of the game, with its gold medal match set for Aug. 7. The initial phase of the Olympic tournament will also break the competing countries into groups.

However, there are some key differences between the men’s and women’s draw. Number one, the men’s soccer tournament has more teams — 16 to the women’s 12. Number two, the rosters are made up of U23 players, meaning some of the game’s biggest names are not eligible but instead can be a showcase for some budding talent.

Here is the breakdown of the men’s tournament by group:

Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
Group B: New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania
Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia

Let’s now take a look at the men’s soccer tournament schedule and how you can watch all the action from the pitch. Plus, here's a guide on how to watch all of the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament schedule

July 22
Egypt 0, Spain 0
New Zealand 1, South Korea 0
Mexico 4, France 1
Ivory Coast 2, Saudi Arabia 1
Australia 2, Argentina 0
Japan 1, South Africa 0
Brazil 4, Germany 2
Romania 1, Honduras 0

July 25
Argentina 1, Egypt 0
France 4, South Africa 3
Honduras 3, New Zealand 2
Brazil 0, Ivory Coast 0
Spain 1, Australia 0
Japan 2, Mexico 1
South Korea 4, Romania 0
Germany 3, Saudi Arabia 2

July 28
Germany 1, Ivory Coast 1
Brazil 3, Saudi Arabia 1
South Korea 6, Honduras 0
Romania 0, New Zealand 0
Egypt 2, Australia 0
Japan 4, France 0
Mexico 3, South Africa 0
Spain 1, Argentina 1

July 31
Spain 5, Ivory Coast 2
Japan 0 (4), New Zealand 0 (2)
Brazil 1, Egypt 0
Mexico 6, South Korea 3

Aug. 3
Brazil 0 (4), Mexico 0 (1)
Spain 1, Japan 0

Aug. 6
Bronze Medal Match: Mexico 3, Japan 1

Aug. 7
Gold Metal Match: Brazil vs. Spain, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN

How to watch Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament in U.S. 

All of the men’s soccer matches during the Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast on either NBCSN, USA or The Olympic Channel. All of these channels are often included in cable subscriptions and are available on streaming platforms including YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and Fubo TV. Some of the matches may be available in 4K for YouTube TV or Fubo TV subscribers.

In addition, viewers who subscribe to these channels through any of these means can also watch the matches online via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app.

In addition, NBC is offering plenty of Olympics content on its Peacock streaming service. This will include full event replays of different sports. These replays will be available with Peacock’s free, ad-supported tier. Peacock Premium will only be needed for live coverage of the Olympics basketball tournament.

How to watch Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament in U.K.

The BBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics will include the men’s football tournament, along with Eurosport. As of publication, only two men’s soccer matches have been assigned networks, both on July 22: Mexico vs. France at 9 a.m. GMT on Eurosport 1 and BBC Red Button, and Brazil vs. Germany at 12:30 p.m. GMT on Eurosport 1 and BBC Red Button. Details for all other matches throughout the men’s soccer tournament will be announced at a later date. 

BBC is available for through either Freeview TV or a basic cable package, while Eurosport is a premium cable channel. Both networks are also offering streaming options for the Tokyo Olympics with the BBC iPlayer and the Eurosport Player.

How to watch Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament from anywhere 

A VPN can be a great way to watch content (or a specific broadcast) that may not be available where you or. A VPN (virtual private network) routes the network traffic to and from your computer through a specific set of servers in a specific country, allowing for users to watch content on an encrypted feed. 

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

And it's a great way to keep up with all of the action of the Olympics from anywhere in the world.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.