Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City on a thrilling final fixture of FA Cup 2020-2021 in Wembley on 15th May with limited amount of audience participation
The 2020-2021 season has been probably one of the toughest seasons in recent football history. It had one of the most congested fixture schedules as UEFA and other national football bodies wanted to fit all the matches in a severely reduced time. Apart from European competitions such as Champions League and domestic league competitions, the domestic cup competitions have also piled up fixtures on various teams competing in all these tournaments.
English football has two traditional domestic cup competitions- League Cup or Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup. The Carabao Cup has come to its conclusion recently as Manchester City lifted the trophy beating Tottenham Hotspurs in Wembley. Now, Wembley will welcome Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in a much awaited final fixture of the FA Cup.
Chelsea has shown great strides in developing their game after Thomas Tuchel came in replacing Frank Lampard as Head Coach and Manager. They recently secured their place in the Champions League final, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Before that, the FA Cup final will give a genuine opportunity to Tuchel to win the first trophy for the club. They defeated Manchester City, incidentally their opponent in said Champions League final, in the semi-final to book their place at the fabled Wembley.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City stands between Chelsea and the FA Cup. Under Rodgers, Leicester has shown consistent development over the past two years. They finished fifth in the previous season of the Premier League while currently they stand at third position in the Premier League points table, one place above Chelsea. They defeated Manchester United in the quarter final and Southampton FC in the semi-final to book their place in Wembley. Despite significant development, Rodgers’ team hasn’t won any silverware. The FA Cup will give them a golden opportunity to set the record straight on that account.
Time, Schedule and relevant details:
The match will start from 5.15pm BST on Saturday 15th May, 2021.
As part of the Events Research Programme, 22000 spectators will be allowed to attend the final in Wembley. Anyone under 16 years of age are not permitted to attend the final match at Wembley stadium. The guidelines also requested caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable people attending the event on public health grounds. But there is no prohibition on these people to attend the match. Without exception, the match-goers have to provide a negative Covid-19 LFD test result along with their form of photo-ID.
The test must be conducted through Community test sites, no more than 48 hours before entry to Wembley stadium. This means that the LFD test can be taken from BST 2.15pm onwards on 13th of May. Attendees are also requested to take a pre-event PCR test at home as well as another such test again five days after the event. Both the clubs are allotted 6250 tickets for distribution. The rules and procedures of ticket distribution are subject to each club’s policy and interested people can visit the website of their clubs to buy a ticket to attend the FA Cup final.
3 Best Live-stream options for the FA Cup Final 2021
ESPN+ (individual monthly charges 5.99 USD, individual annual subscription charges 59.99 USD)
Disney+bundle of ESPN+ AT JUST 13.99 USD per month
BT Sports monthly pass at 25 GBP
Fastest live stream option
Being the official OTT streaming service for the FA Cup 2021 final, ESPN+ is definitely the fastest. But if you don’t want to go the traditional way, you can grab a more comprehensive/wholesome option that does not only display sports content but also entertainment and news. What’s more? There will be options of on-demand, live-stream and recording of content.
fuboTV family plan with a 64.99 USD monthly subscription package and a 7-day free trial period.
Sling TV’s Sling Orange bundle that comes at 30 USD per month with a 7-day free trial and 32 channels along with ESPN+
Cheapest live stream option
ESPN+ with its 5.99 USD monthly subscription charge is the only other cheapest live-stream option. But if you want live-stream for free, you can tune into the BBC iPlayer app or the BBC One streaming service. Since BBC has the exclusive rights for live-stream coverage of this match, thus, it will be broadcasting for free.
Other live stream options
Detailed Live-stream Details of the FA Cup final-
For viewers in UK, USA and Canada-
BT Sports will be responsible for the live broadcast of the FA Cup final in the UK. BT Sports’ digital streaming service will provide online access to the live coverage of the match. Audiences in the UK can also opt for BBC One to watch the final on TV for free. BBC iPlayer streaming service will provide an alternative option to watch the live coverage on smartphones, laptop or any other device.
In the USA, the FA Cup broadcasting rights are held by ESPN and the final match will be broadcast live on ESPN’S digital streaming service, ESPN+.
In Canada, Sportsnet is responsible for FA Cup live coverage. If one already has a subscription to the channel as part of his or her TV package, no extra cost will be necessary. Otherwise, one needs to access it on a streaming-only basis with plans charging 9.99 CAD per month.
For viewers in Australia and New Zealand
ESPN also owns the rights for broadcast of the FA Cup in Australia. If one doesn’t have it as part of the TV package, one may easily opt for Kayo Sports. This over-the-top streaming service provides coverage of loads of quality sports events. It also provides a 14-day free trial to give one a chance to check it out with no strings attached. Kayo basic provides for streaming simultaneously in two screens while Kayo Premium gives access to streaming on three screens simultaneously. This gives an added advantage of dividing the subscription fee in paltry amounts for respective individuals.
FA Cup live coverage in New Zealand is offered by Sky Sport as part of various TV packages. Viewers with existing subscription can also watch the coverage online by using Sky Go service. Anyone else with no existing subscription may try Sky Sport Now, a streaming-only platform with a weekly pass of 19.99 NZD.
For viewers in India
In India the live broadcast will be available in Sony Ten Sports channels. It can be streamed online on the SonyLiv digital platform. Viewers with the Jio 4G network in smartphones and other devices can also access the channel from the Jio TV application free of cost from their respective devices to catch all the live action.
For viewers elsewhere in the world
People residing outside these countries or from countries with a geo-block of these specified platforms can access premium VPN services like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Cyberghost, etc. to catch the live coverage of the final. Among them, Express VPN stands out on account of its speed, ease of access and strong security features and it is also compatible with most of the popular streaming devices.
Free live-stream options:
Apart from specific social media platforms that offer free live-stream content of the desired football and other sports matches, there are also free live-stream options available online. The Emirates FA Cup Final 2021’s exclusive rights belong to BBC for live-stream coverage.
Hence the BBC One app and the BBC iPlayer streaming service offer free live stream coverage of the FA Cup Final to everyone in the UK.
Social media live-stream with focus on Reddit
Social media platforms are some of the best ways to catch the action of high-octane soccer encounters without incurring specific subscription charges. Most of these social media platforms are free of cost.
People who are interested in watching the final for free without these hassles should go to Reddit. Once you have a free account on the Reddit platform, you can then choose and join subreddit groups, where well-meaning and public-spirited individuals continuously upload links to watch the event online for free. But some of these links are often flagged by official broadcasting sites so you have to be careful while selecting the live stream link
With our comprehensive list of live-stream details, we hope that you enjoy a superb footballing action from the comforts of your home. Stay home, stay safe, and enjoy all the action responsibly!