How to watch the Spain vs France Euro 2024 match online or on TV for free, kick-off

 Kylian Mbappe of France with a protective face mask during the build up to the Spain vs France UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final.
(Image credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The first semi-final of  UEFA Euros 2024 is upon us, with Spain vs France seeing two big hitters meet on Tuesday, July 9, and we'll help you find a way to watch the game.

The stakes could hardly be higher, and the contrast between the two sides so far in this tournament could hardly be greater. France boss Didier Deschamps has hit out at those who have called his side boring. He will be looking to prove them all wrong with a win tonight. With kick-off on the way we have the team news. Antoine Griezmann has been dropped but Adrien Rabiot is back for France after suspension. Dani Olmo replaces the injured Pedri for Spain.

Footie fans in the UK or New Zealand can watch all the Euros, including Spain vs France, for FREE on iPlayer in the former and TVNZ in the latter. Don't worry if you're abroad when the games are taking place, tough, because you can watch Euro 2024 live streams from anywhere with a VPN.

Spain vs France Quick links

US: FOX (live TV streaming services)
BBC 1 / BBC iPlayer (free)
AU: Optus Sport
NZ: TVNZ (free)
Stream abroad with a VPN

La Roja have barely put a foot wrong all tournament and dispatched of Georgia and Germany in the knockout stages. In Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams, they have two of the most exciting young players in the game. Fellow youngster Pedri is an injured after he had to be removed from the quarter-final having been repeatedly fouled. Luis de la Fuente is definitely going to be without Dani Carvajal, who was sent off, and Robin Le Normand, who picked up his second yellow card of Euro 2024.

Les Bleus have been disappointing so far. Kylian Mbappe has clearly suffered since breaking his nose. Despite the talent in the squad, Didier Deschamps’s side have only scored three goals so far and they have been via penalties or own goals. 

How to watch Spain vs France online and on TV in the UK

The BBC and ITV are sharing Euro matches between them, but the Spain vs France match will play on BBC 1. Coverage begins at 7.30 pm and 2.30 pm ET but the match itself begins at 8 pm BST and 3 pm ET.

If you can't or won't watch the match on broadcast TV, you can use the BBC's streaming service BBC iPlayer. This online service lets you stream from the BBC's various channels over the internet, and we've got a guide on how to watch live TV on BBC iPlayer if you need any help.

BBC 1 is, of course, free to stream from if you pay your license fee. This includes BBC iPlayer.

How to watch Spain vs France online and on TV in the US

The rights to broadcast the Euros 2024 (and other UEFA matches) in the US falls to Fox, and its sports channels are showing many of the games in the tournament. 

Spain vs France will air on FOX, with kick-off at 3 pm ET/midday PT and coverage likely beginning slightly ahead of that.

To get yourself access to the three Fox channels showing all of the Euros matches, you can get a cable subscription or use a live TV streaming service that has them in its line-up.

Sling TV Blue, which costs $45 per month in Fox areas, DirecTV Entertainment which will set you back $69.99 per month and Fubo Pro at $79.99 per month have Fox and FS1, but no FS2.

For that you can look to Fubo's $89.99-per-month Elite tier, DirecTV's $114.99-per-month Ultimate package or YouTube TV's single $72.99-per-month plan.

How to watch Spain vs France in Australia

You'll have to subscribe to Optus Sport to watch Spain vs France and all the rest of the Euros matches, because Optus is the official broadcaster for the tournament in Australia.

You can access Optus Sports for $24.99 per month or $199 for an entire year's subscription. However, if you're an Optus customer you can get a discounted monthly price at $6.99 each month.

How to watch Spain vs France in New Zealand

You won't need to pay to watch Spain vs France, or any of the other 2024 Euros matches, if you live in New Zealand.

That's because they'll all be shown on TVNZ, which hosts many football streams and has also built towards the event with a weekly show called Road to Euro 2024

You can find TVNZ's football coverage here.

How to watch Spain vs France online everywhere else

If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch the Spain vs France match and the rest of the Euros, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address to that of the area of what you want to watch, meaning you can tune in to your favorite sports, shows, events or other content even if you're not there. Our favorite is NordVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

How to use a VPN to watch any stream

  • Download the app at NordVPN
  • Choose the location of the streaming service you want to watch (UK, US, etc)
  • Navigate to the streaming service and start watching!

NordVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want, from wherever you want to watch it.

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free. Give it a go.

Charlotte Henry

Charlotte Henry is a tech and media journalist. In her newsletter, The Addition, she focuses on the ever-changing streaming ecosystem as the likes of Netflix, Apple TV+, Prime Video, Max and Disney+ fight for supremacy. Charlotte is also a sports fan. She watches everything from Premier League football to Major League Baseball. Charlotte’s first book “Not Buying It: The Facts Behind Fake News” was published in 2019. Away from work, she can often be found at heavy metal concerts, festivals and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.