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When can I watch Match of the Day and other BBC football programmes?

For contractual reasons, the BBC was unable to broadcast Match of the Day on Wednesday 3 April as planned. Because of this, it is not available to watch on demand on BBC iPlayer. Find more information about this here.


The availability of Match of the Day and other football programmes is different to other shows in that the on-demand version isn't available straight away, although you can use Live Restart if you just missed the broadcast (you can rewind up to two hours when watching live in BBC iPlayer).

When are they available then? 

  • Saturday editions of Match of the Day are available from midnight on the Sunday evening after they air (that’s the early hours of Monday morning). 
  • Sunday editions (MOTD2) are on BBC iPlayer from midnight on the Monday evening after they air (that’s the early hours of Tuesday morning).
  • When there are midweek episodes, they’ll be available from midnight the day after they’re broadcast. So a Wednesday episode would be available from midnight on Thursday evening (the early hours of Friday). 
  • Football Focus will be available from midnight on Saturday evening after it’s shown (the early hours of Sunday morning).

Each episode will be available to stream or download until the next episode is broadcast, or for seven days after broadcast, whichever comes first.

If an episode is still not available after these times, please check our programme issues and updates page to see if it’s a known problem.

Why the delay? 

It’s due to the rights agreement we have with the Premier League. 

What about non-Premier League programmes? 

Match of the Day episodes dealing with competitions other than the FA Premier League may have different availability.

  Match of the Day

You can read more information about football coverage for the season at the BBC Media Centre.

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