What Sport Can I Watch on BBC iPlayer? Football, Rugby, Athletics and More

UPDATE: April 3 – We’ve added some important BBC sports news that just broke, so anyone reading who’s interested in watching some FA Cup games in ultra HD, read on.

The BBC has announced that it will be showing the FA Cup semi-final (Manchester City v Brighton) on the 6th of April and the final on the 18th of May in Ultra HD and HDR. You’ll need an Ultra-HD compatible TV, but you will then be able to access the stream through the Red Button or with the iPlayer app.

Like the previous times the BBC has used this system (during the World Cup and Wimbledon), there is a limit on the number of people who can access it at the same time, so make sure you get in early!

If you’re still looking for catch-up and documentary content relating to various sports, our recommendations and general summaries of iPlayer’s relevant content is still below.

Super Heroes

Credit: BBCCredit: BBCIt’s good to see women’s football getting the respect it deserves, with prominent coverage on the main Sport page of iPlayer, links to games in the Women’s Super League and The Women’s Football Show too, which features highlights and talking points about the biggest issues in women’s football.

The BBC also does a good job of covering sporting events beyond the usual footie, such as the Scottish Open badminton tournament, or the climbing World Championships.

And of course, there’s men’s football including Match of the Day and Sportscene, Football Focus, the Irish League Show and Match of the Day Wales.

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Tackling Serious Subjects

Credit: ITN ProductionsCredit: ITN ProductionsThe BBC Sport section also includes some really good documentaries. Last year’s World Cup took place in Russia, a nation with a strong but unique football culture compared to the places we’re more familiar with. In Frankie Goes to Russia, Comedian Frankie Boyle was sent there to find out more, travelling across the enormous country to see how fans enjoy the game despite a poorly-performing national team and a reputation for violence and racism.

City Boy Fight Club, sees two men from a very different world – finance in City of London – turn to boxing to deal with the stresses of modern life. Josh and Challon are two rivals preparing for a second match against each other, each man looking for both glory and relaxation in the ring.

Then there’s the BBC3 documentary Bats, Balls and Bradford Girls. This follows an all-Asian and all-girl team of cricketers as they leave high school and compete in one final game together. Each member gets some time in the spotlight so the viewer can properly appreciate the individual struggles they face in making it to practice and matches.

Performance Review

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The last major sports tournament on our TV screens was the Six Nations Championship. The games are now finished, but you’ve got a few full matches and highlights shows from both the men’s and the women’s competitions still available on iPlayer, alongside the Six Nations Sin Bin. This show features Gabby Logan and Gareth Thomas leading a panel of guests to take a less analytical and more comedic view of the games, as well as trying to set some official World Records relating to rugby during the course of the show.

The SheBelieves Cup is a small women’s football tournament that’s been held since 2016. There’s only ever four teams in the running, England being one of them, and all three of the English team’s games are on iPlayer ready for watching. If you’re curious about women’s football, then having a complete tournament story play out over 270 total minutes is a compact way to get into watching more of it.

Badminton is similar to its more famous racquet sport cousin tennis, but as the All England Badminton Championships would show you, these small differences make for a very different kind of game. The movement of the shuttlecock is faster and less predictable than a tennis ball, plus its light weight means there’s plenty of opportunity for deceptively strong or weak shots from the players, adding a whole extra layer of tactics and trickery. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals are currently available to watch, which will really show you how exciting the sport can be to watch.

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