How to watch NFL 2022: Stream the 2022/23 American football season live in the UK, US and everywhere else
Preseason American football returned on the first weekend of August and that means only one thing: the new NFL season for 2022/2023 is almost here. On Thursday 8 September, the first NFL match of the season will kick off and you won't want to miss a beat of this year's action on road to Super Bowl LVII. To watch the NFL in the UK, getting a Sky Sports or Now Sports subscription is the simplest route.
Should you be abroad, you can access either by a good VPN like ExpressVPN too. Alternatively, the NFL's official streaming service NFL Game Pass will also be showing the majority of live games wherever you are, subject to geo-located blackouts. Canadian NFL fans can catch coverage via DAZN while those in the US are better off getting a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
For all the details on watching the 2022 NFL season wherever you find yourself, plus start dates, tickets for UK fixtures and more, read our guide down below.
When does NFL preseason start?
As usual, the beginning of preseason was marked by the annual Hall of Fame game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders, this year taking place on 4 August. The Raiders came out on top and won 27-11 on the night. For the rest of the league, preseason began on 11 August with many of the fixtures airing on all of the channels you can find down below.
When does the 2022 NFL season start?
The NFL kicks off on Thursday 8 September when defending Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills.
The remainder of the opening weekend fixtures play out on Sunday 11 September, with some bleeding into the Monday morning for British-based NFL fans, and a single fixture for Monday Night Football (or again, Tuesday morning for those in the UK). Read the opening weekend schedule down below for all the information and UK times of each match below.
|Thursday 8 September||Buffalo Bills @ Los Angeles Rams||1.20am Friday morning|
|Sunday 11 September||New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons||6pm|
|Cleveland Browns @ Carolina Panthers||6pm|
|San Francisco 49ers @ Chicago Bears||6pm|
|Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals||6pm|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions||6pm|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans||6pm|
|New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins||6pm|
|Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets||6pm|
|Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Commanders||6pm|
|Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals||9.25pm|
|Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers||9.25pm|
|Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings||9.25pm|
|New York Giants @ Tennessee Titans||9.25pm|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys||1.20am Monday morning|
|Monday 12 September||Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks||1.15am Tuesday morning|
2022 NFL schedule
Since the 2021 season, each team in the NFL has played 17 games per season over an 18-week campaign - in total, that's 272 games for the year and that will be the case for the 2022/2023 season. The NFL has made a Schedule Grid to make things easier for you to keep track of all the fixtures, which you can see below.
The 2022 regular-season campaign will conclude Saturday 7 January and Sunday 8 January 2023, whereby 14 teams will then go into the postseason elimination tournament with hopes of making Super Bowl LVII on Sunday 12 February.
How to watch the NFL live in the UK: Sky Sports
In 2020, the National Football League (NFL) and Sky agreed to a five-year broadcasting partnership where Sky became the first international broadcaster to launch a dedicated NFL channel: Sky Sports NFL (Sky 407 / Virgin Media 507). This means for the NFL's 103rd season, the match-ups can be caught on Sky Sports with a minimum of five games broadcast live per week. You'll also get coverage of every playoff game, the Pro Bowl (the all-star game) and the Super Bowl plus NFL Redzone (NFL's own television network) shows like Good Morning Football and Total Access shows.
That's on top of original content from Sky Sports itself, so there is a lot of NFL action to keep you satisfied. If you're already a Sky customer, you can add Sky Sports to your existing package for an extra GBP25/mth (plus a one-time set up fee) on an 18-month contract. You'll also be able to register that subscription with three other portable devices (but only watch one at a time).
Those who are new to Sky can currently get an 18-month Sky Signature deal with Sky Sports and Netflix for GBP44/mth on an 18-month contract - reduced from GBP51/mth and GBP65/mth before that. Without Netflix, the cost is the same so you may as well go all-in on your new TV package and watch Netflix's NFL-based programming like Academy Award winning documentary Undefeated or the popular TV series Friday Night Lights. Get Sky Sports now
How to watch the NFL live in the UK without a contract: Now Sports
If a contractual commitment doesn't sound appealing, the next best alternative for watching live NFL action is to get a 24-hour or monthly pass to Now.
By grabbing a Now Sports membership, you'll get access to all 11 Sky Sports channels to watch as much NFL as you want without any long-term payment plans - and you can cancel whenever you like. You'll also be able to watch the latest Premier League and EFL football, Formula One, golf, cricket and more. Now Sports packages start at GBP12 for the Sports Day (24 hours) pass, which is perfect for those who just want to dip their toes into the NFL.
If you know you'll be watching the NFL for longer than 24 hours, however, the Sports Membership pass will suit you better. It rolls on month by month with the price usually costing GBP34/mth, however until 28 August you can grab it for GBP25/mth - that's the same price as a Sky Sports package for Sky customers which is pretty exceptional considering you can cancel anytime. Since the NFL season will end in February, that'll be about seven months of Sky Sports coverage for GBP63 less than if you subscribe after the end of August.
And you could split the cost with another NFL fan too, as you'll be able to stream simultaneously on two devices. Overall, the August discount savings amount to the equivalent of two months' action for free, so it's worth signing up today before this deal expires. That also includes a one month free trial of Now Boost that lets you watch in Full 1080p HD picture quality (instead of the usual 720p), improved audio with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and stream at faster speeds so your coverage is always crystal clear.
You'll also be able to stream on three devices simultaneously instead of two. Thereafter, it costs an extra GBP5/mth. Get Now Sports Membership
Which NFL games are in the UK?
This year, there are five games confirmed as part of the 2022 NFL International Series, with three coming to London and one to Germany and Mexico respectively.
|Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints||Sunday 2 October||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London||SOLD OUT|
|New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers||Sunday 9 October||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London||SOLD OUT|
|Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars||Sunday 30 October||Wembley Stadium||BUY NOW|
|Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sunday 13 November||Allianz Arena, Germany||SOLD OUT|
|San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals||Monday 21 November||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City||BUY NOW|
How to watch NFL in the US: Hulu + Live TV and Amazon Prime
For US NFL fans, things are a little complicated.
You've got to subscribe to CBS Sports for AFC Sunday games, Fox Sports for NFC Sunday games, ESPN for Monday Night Football and Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football. The most comprehensive streaming service to cover most of those channels is Hulu + Live TV. It'll cost £70/mth and get you access to CBS Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN channels as well as all official NFL Network programming on the NFL Network channel.
That's the vast majority of the games - unfortunately, you'll need to get an Amazon Prime subscription separately to be able to watch any Thursday Night games. In total, there are 15 regular season games shown on the Amazon network from 15 September, with the remainder on the networks listed above. For Amazon Prime though, it'll cost £15/mth (plus tax) or £139/yr but you can grab a free 30-day trial to test it out before you commit.
How to watch NFL in the US via mobile devices: NFL Plus
Another alternative for watching NFL action is by the NFL's own domestic service NFL Plus.
It's exclusively for mobile devices and tablets - no laptops or TVs will grant you access. Should that be ok, then you can grab a basic subscription for £5/mth or £40/yr and get live local and prime-time regular season and postseason games on your phone or tablet. You'll also be able to watch live out-of-market preseason games on those devices (or a TV too, for these games only), as well as live game audio for every single game plus ad-free access to NFL Films and other NFL Network programmes.
The premium tier costs £10/mth or £80/yr and will grant you the same access plus ad-free full and condensed (45-minutes) game replays for games as far back as 2009 - ideal for a NFL fanatic or those trying to dive into the history of American Football. You'll also get ad-free All-22 camera footage: that's the birds-eye view angle of games watched by coaches and players. Should you want to try before you buy, NFL Plus also has a seven-day free trial which is pretty handy.
How to watch NFL in Canada: DAZN
In Canada, the sole digital and streaming coverage of the NFL comes from DAZN. It will show every NFL game and RedZone, both live and on-demand, while also offering football fans 24/7 streaming of the NFL Network on DAZN. A subscription to DAZN Canada costs £25 CAD/mth or £200 CAD/yr.
How to watch NFL live and on demand anywhere else: NFL Game Pass
For NFL purists, there is arguably no better option than getting all your American Football needs met by the organisation itself. You can even sign up for free and watch the NFL Network Live 24/7 as well as 'Sunday in 60' highlights, five minute game highlights and game previews throughout the season. Though to really maximise its output, especially if it's your only subscription for NFL content, there are better paid options: Essential (GBP43/yr - which works out to about GBP3.60/mth) or Pro (GBP151/yr or GBP37.75 per quarter - which works out to about GBP12.60/mth).
Essential adds in NFL RedZone Live coverage, 40 minute highlights and access to a huge library of on-demand NFL films to the free package. Whereas Pro is full-fat NFL action has all of that plus the core action: all 270+ games (subject to blackout restrictions), the playoffs and the superbowl live and on demand with full game replays and coaching-cam game highlights. NFL Game Pass is available in most regions worldwide, from Europe and the Middle East to Mexico, Africa, Pan Asia and beyond - in these countries, it's called the NFL Game Pass International.
While this grants most countries unlimited access to all games, the UK and Ireland are subject to "blackouts" as a result of Sky Sports' NFL television rights. People located in the United States, Canada or China have no access to the pass whatsoever. Buy NFL Game Pass now
How to watch NFL abroad: Use a good VPN
Should you not be able to access NFL coverage using any of the means above - as perhaps your Sky connection is geo-blocked so you can't watch it while abroad - then you'll need to get a good Virtual Private Network (VPN) service.
Sky customers registered in the UK but now abroad, DAZN customers from Canada suffering the same fate, or those anywhere else where your regular programming is geo-blocked will need to route a VPN to an IP address in your registered country and login to your account from there. This will grant you access to stream the NFL games live and direct. Scroll down (or click here) to read about our favourite VPN options, Express VPN and NordVPN.
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How to watch NFL highlights: BBC and Channel 5
There are a couple of options if highlight packages are good enough NFL coverage for you - and fortunately, they won't cost you a jot. Since 2016, the BBC has made "The NFL Show" (previously called "NFL This Week") which has shown the best bits from all the games that weekend - usually following Match Of The Day on BBC One just before midnight on a Saturday evening.
The other option is via Channel 5 which broadcasts "NFL End Zone" on Sundays to showcase the biggest talking points and action from the NFL that week. It isn't confirmed that either show will be returning for 2022 just yet, but it seems more than likely that both will be back on our screens for the new season. You can follow the links below to access either highlights programme on demand.