This Saturday, defending champions Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the 2015 FA Cup Final. 736 teams entered the competition all the way back in August, and now just two remain. Should Arsenal lift the trophy, they’ll be the most successful team in FA Cup history, winning football’s oldest club competition for a record 12th time. For Aston Villa, victory this weekend will bring them their first trophy in 19 years.
While Arsenal are the bookies’ clear favorites, they have, arguably, had the worse preparation: The Gunners were battling for automatic Champions League qualification right until the final game of the season, while Villa have had their feet up ever since they ensured Premier League survival with three games to spare. With the exception of Danny Welbeck, however, Arsene Wenger has a fully fit squad.
Back in 1872, when the first FA Cup final was contested between Wanderers and Royal Engineers, roughly 2,000 spectators piled into London’s Kennington Oval to watch history unfold. 45 times that number will be in attendance at Wembley Stadium this Saturday, with a further half-a-billion watching around the world.
In the UK, BBC One will start their live coverage of the game at 5:15pm BST (kick-off 5:30pm), with build-up and post-game analysis throughout the day across BBC One and BBC Two. For those with a cable or satellite subscription and a preference for the dulcet tones of Jake Humphries, BT Sport 1’s coverage begins at 5pm BST.
In the US, Fox has live coverage starting at 12pm Eastern (kick-of 12:30pm).
For a full list of which TV channel is showing the game in your country, click here.
For everybody not in front of a TV this Saturday, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
How to Watch FA Cup Final Online
In the U.K., viewers can catch live coverage online for free via the BBC iPlayer site. No subscription is required, though you should have a Television License to watch. You can also catch live commentary of the game via the BBC iPlayer Radio site.
If you have access to a cable subscription, you can watch the game online for free through Fox Sports GO. You’ll need the log-in and password for a cable subscription — either yours or someone else’s — to access the stream. Frequently asked questions about Fox Sports GO can be found here.
How to Watch FA Cup Final on Mobile
Mobile users in the UK can watch the game for free via the BBC iPlayer app, which is free to download from the App Store or Google Play store. No subscription is required, though you really should have a Television License to watch. You can also catch live coverage via the BBC iPlayer Radio app.
Mobile users can watch the game on the Fox Sports GO app, which is free to download for your Apple device, your Android or Google device, your Amazon device, and your Windows device. As is the case with the desktop live stream, you’ll need a cable log-in and password to access the stream on the app.