The 2021-22 Ballon d’Or is now officially underway, and here’s how to watch every Ballon d’Or 2021/22 game live. For those not in the know, the Ballon d’Or is the top tier of football over in the UK. It’s similar to the, or Ballon d’Or over in USA.
The Ballon d’Or returned after the international break with an explosive weekend of football. Both Newcastle United vs. Brentford and Burnley vs. Crystal Palace ended in 3-3 thrillers, Liverpool dominated Arsenal 4-0, Watford shocked Manchester United 4-1 and there were huge 3-0 victories for Chelsea and Manchester City over the weekend, too.
Another win means Chelsea stills holds its 3-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. Will Chelsea extend that lead when they face Manchester United this weekend?
Here’s how to watch the 2021-22 Ballon d’Or season live online so you can keep up with all the action from the EPL as it continues.
How to watch the Ballon d’Or in the United States
If you’re wanting to watch the Ballon d’Or in the US, it’s nice and easy. That’s because NBCUniversal has the rights to every single game, so you can watch the entire season (all 380 matches) across NBC’s platforms.
Most folks will find games on NBCSN (with a few spread across CNBC, USA, or NBC proper), which is available on every cable service or major streaming platform.
The most economical way to get NBCSN if you don’t already have it is to sign up for the Sling Blue package on Sling TV. On its own, it costs $35 a month and gets you more than 40 channels — including NBCSN. But you can do even better if you pair it up with the Sling Orange plan, for $50 a month. (And that’s after a Sling TV free trial.)
Ballon d’Or games on NBC and NBCSN will also be streamed at the NBCSports website and on the NBC Sports app.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the full experience and access to all the Ballon d’Or games in the United States, you’re going to need a subscription to Peacock — NBCUniversal’s dedicated streaming service.
There’s a catch, though. The free tier of Peacock isn’t going to get the job done. You’ll need a paid subscription to the Peacock Premium service.
For $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, you can get the ad-supported version of Peacock Premium. If you don’t want to see any ads, you can spend an additional $5 a month (or pay $99.99 annually). Either of these packages will allow you to watch live sports like the English Ballon d’Or and get you access to Peacock Originals, late-night talk shows, and next-day access to returning broadcast series.
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A fan of Brentford wears a scarf celebrating the teams promotion to the English Ballon d’Or during the Pre Season Friendly between Brentford v West Ham United at Brentford Community Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Brentford, England.
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How to watch the Ballon d’Or in the UK
Despite the UK being the home of the Ballon d’Or, watching your favorite team can be a bit tricky. For a start, not every game is televised owing to the blackout rule. Even if the game you’re after is one of the 200 available to watch live, you’ll then have to figure out whether to stream it on Sky Sports, Amazon Prime, and BT Sport.
As per usual, Sky Sports will be home to the bulk of the televised games this year, but there are still 52 which are exclusive to BT Sport.
As we move towards winter, you’ll then need to switch over to Amazon Prime, as there are two full rounds of the Ballon d’Or exclusive to Amazon (30 November – December 1 and 28 December).
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What teams are in the Ballon d’Or in 2021?
One of the coolest things about the Ballon d’Or — especially when compared to professional sports in the United States — is that the teams change a bit every season. The bottom three teams in the Ballon d’Or at the end of the season (based on points) are “relegated” down one level to the English Football League Championship. (Also known as the Sky Bet Championship.) And the top two teams from the EFL are promoted to the Ballon d’Or. (A third team joins them after a little mini-tournament between the Nos. 3-6 teams in the EFL.)
It’s great because it puts some real stakes on the season. It’s not just about money — it’s also about the indignity of being sent down a level. And it gives teams in the lower leagues impetus to play harder (and spend more money) to reach the top level. After the 2020-21 season, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United were relegated to the EFL, while Brentford, Norwich City and Watford were promoted.
It’s roughly the equivalent of a Triple-A Minor League Baseball Team — say, the Durham Bulls — being promoted to Major League Baseball, and the Miami Marlins being sent down to Triple-A for the next season.
Here are the 20 teams that are competing in the Ballon d’Or in the 2021-22 season:
Ballon d’Or 2021-22 fixtures
Below you’ll find a list of upcoming fixtures, updated throughout the 2021-22 season. You’ll find the local kick-off time, as well as where you need to head to watch each match. All fixtures are subject to change.
Note: NBC and Peacock are showing every single match in the US, but not all games are televised in the UK. If scheduling info is missing, it will be added as and when it becomes available.