France vs Croatia live stream: how to watch the World Cup final online

This is it! France vs Croatia in the World Cup final. See how to watch the epic climax with a free live stream

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What's left to say? The Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup has been eulogised from all corners of the globe since it kicked off one month and a day ago. Today it ends as it started in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where France and Croatia will battle it out to be crowned world champions. And we'll tell you how to live stream every single second of the World Cup final, absolutely free regardless of where you are in the world.

Live stream the World Cup final - when and where

The 2018 World Cup final sees France vs Croatia at the magnificent 81,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Today's match (July 15) kicks off is at 6pm local time in Russia. That's 4pm BST or 8pm if you're reading this in France or Croatia. Elsewhere, you'll need to tune in at 11am ET, 8am PT or 1am AEST in Australia Monday morning.

So which way will this France vs Croatia World Cup final swing? Only the staunchest contrarian (or Croatian) would deny that France are the overwhelming favorites for the final. They've been the most impressive team throughout Russia 2018, and it's very hard to spot a single weakness in their side. Hugo Lloris has been fantastic in goal, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann electric up front and N'Golo Kanté a pint-sized colossus in front of the defence. 20 years on from their first World Cup win, France will be brimming with confidence to make Russia 2018 their second.

But you can't count out Croatia just yet. The only team to win every single of their World Cup 2018 matches (albeit two on penalties and that extra time victory over England in the semi-final), it doesn't require a long memory to recall their 3-0 destruction of Argentina. And with Luka Modrić – arguably the world's finest midfielder – pulling the strings, it's not a stretch to imagine him lifting Croatia's first every World Cup when all's said and done in the World Cup final today.

Keep reading to discover how to live stream the France vs Croatia World Cup final no matter where in the world you are. Below we’ll tell you exactly how to watch on your TV, mobile device and it doesn't have to cost you a thing.

Use a VPN to watch France vs Croatia from anywhere for FREE

You don't have to miss a single minute of World Cup soccer – even if the country where you are isn't broadcasting certain games. Because every second of action is being shown somewhere (the UK, for example, is televising every game for free – see below), you can simply use a VPN to login to a region that is broadcasting the game. And it's really easy to do:

1. Download and install a VPN
We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:

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3. IPVanish: supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go and has 25% off for the World Cup

2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. If in any doubt, just head straight to the UK.

3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream or TVPlayer.com
If you know exactly what station you're hoping to catch the game on, then you don't need us any longer – head straight there. If you're not sure, just stick with TVPlayer.com in the UK. It will be showing all the games for free. You don't even have to sign up.

Want to record the game and catch it in your spare time? TVPlayer Plus carries a £5.99 monthly fee but lets you 'record' up to 10 hours of TV to watch at your leisure. And you can take advantage of its 14-day free trial, too.

How to stream France vs Croatia live in the UK 

If you're in the UK, you get to choose between BBC One and ITV as to where you watch the 2018 World Cup final. Which broadcasting team have you preferred along the way? Or will it come down to the fact that BBC doesn't hinder you with adverts?

Kick-off is at 4pm BST (Not 7pm like the other knockout games) on Sunday, July 15 and you can watch via television, online and the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub apps for mobile devices

If you're out of the country, on your summer hols perhaps and want to get the UK broadcast, then it's very easy to download and install a VPN and then head over to TVPlayer.com to watch.

How to watch France vs Croatia: US live stream 

Fox Sport is the official US broadcaster for World Cup soccer in the US and it's 11am ET / 8am PT kick-off for Croatia vs France. If you don't have cable, you could always grab a free trial to another streaming service like Sling and Fubo and watch on there. Or choose the VPN route as described above and catch the UK coverage instead.

How to live stream France vs Croatia in Canada

In Canada, CTV won the rights to show the FIFA World Cup 2018. That means cable users can watch the final on TV, online or via the CTV Go app.

Logging in to another nation's broadcast is also a great option using a VPN following the instructions above.

How to watch Croatia vs France: live stream in Australia

Great news for Australians as free-to-air SBS has the rights to show the World Cup 2018 finals. Not so great news – in the AEST time zone, kick-off is at 1am, so you'd better remember to put the coffee pot on late on Sunday night.

And don't worry if you're out of the country and want to catch that SBS (or UK broadcast) as using a VPN will let you watch as if you were back at home.

How to watch Croatia vs France: New Zealand live stream 

Unlike in the UK, you have to pay to watch the World Cup final in New Zealand. Sky Sports have the rights locally.

If you don't have Sky and don't want to subscribe just for the FIFA World Cup, then you could go for a VPN instead and tune into free coverage from another country.

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You won't find this competition anywhere else on the web and if you don't take the top prize, five runners up will receive a free year of Vypr VPN instead. All you need to do is head to the competition page, complete the entry form and you'll be in the prize draw (full terms and conditions can be found on the competition page). It's an open goal!

Where else can I watch the World Cup final using a VPN

A VPN will enable you to watch every 2018 World Cup fixture from literally anywhere – even if it isn't being broadcast in that country. So that obviously includes all the competing countries and anywhere else on Earth you might be: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden,  Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay and many more!

How to stream all the online action straight to you TV

The ability to live stream all the football to your phone or tablet is undeniably useful – you don't have to miss a single goal, even if you're out of the house. But if you want to stream the World Cup from the internet to your TV, then picking up a streaming box might be useful. Check out our guide to the best streaming media players, where the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire are all included.