The weekly BBC sports programme Match of the Day —which condenses all the best bits from the latest Premiere League action into 90 minutes of jam-packed, spine-tingling, jaw dropping, world class foot-spun magic— is one of the reasons why you should never be deprived access to the BBC’s iPlayer.

As you have probably already discovered, iPlayer is theoretically beyond reach for those outside of the UK, thankfully theory is more often than not, at odds with reality, and as we will see, in practice there are a few options on offer for would-be BBC viewers abroad.

In this article we will explore some of the options to help bring Match of the Day to your overseas digital device.

Admittedly there is a lot of good football out there, La Liga in Spain, the Bundesliga in Germany, Serie A in Italy, but no matter where you are in the world, nothing quite compares to the thrills and frills of the Premier League. I mean, if you found yourself a time machine and were transported back to antiquity, where would you prefer to watch those gladiatorial contests of the ancient world: Rome, Leon or Ipswich? Exactly. The Premiere League is the home, epicentre and soul of football, and Match of the Day is like a mixed tape, with all the best bits thrown together for 90 minutes of football bliss.

Thrown into the mix are a few football legends and icons, including the show’s presenter, Gary Linaker —the David Attenborough of the sporting world —there to distil, breakdown and summarise the sporting action.

So, whether you are a Newcastle United fan or an impartial spectator, the BBC’s Match of the Day, available on iPlayer, is football ambrosia, a staple Saturday night, Sunday morning fixture, and has been since before the Apollo 11 moon landing, so if you are a sports enthusiast or football aficionado living overseas you won’t want to miss out.

Aside from risking dodgy downloads and streaming malware ridden content, the obvious answer is to download a VPN blocker, software that will cover your internet tracks and conceal your true location. A VPN works like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, you can waltz right through the gilded halls of the BBC iPlayer back catalogue and catch-up TV, without anyone noticing. Except, VPNs come with some drawbacks, one downside with choosing a VPN, is picking one. There are so many choices, and not all of them work as well as they claim to on the tin, while others are near impossible to navigate. Either way, you could find yourself splashing out on a fancy sounding cloaking device that does not solve your BBC iPlayer woes.

He’s on the ball… he approaches the net… and… wow what a BEEBS!!

Another, much less complex answer is Beebs, a tailor-made, Google Chrome add on, which when activated, makes it appear as if you’re browsing in the UK. Unlike a VPN, Beebs is straightforward, and is specifically designed to offer you seamless, uncomplicated access and fantastic, uninterrupted streaming of Match of the Day and all iPlayer content.

Follow these three simple steps to footy heaven

    1. Download Chrome Browser, if you're not already using it.

    2. Install Beebs, this nifty tool redirects all your BBC requests.

    3. BBC iPlayer will reload and can enjoy a pitchside seat at Anfield, Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.