How to Watch the World Cup 2010 Online

So you love soccer, but you’ll have no chance to watch it unless you take a month’s vacation from work due to broadcast times from South Africa.  You may as well quit at that point.

Of course there’s always the option to watch the games online.  “What?  Watch soccer online?!  That preposterous!” you might say.  No, it isn’t my friend.

In an effort to aid the television impaired, ESPN will bring most of the World Cup 2010 to the newly launched ESPN3.com, where you can watch them live as they are played out.  The timing may not be the best (most of the games are played at 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 2:00 p.m. EST), but you’re still able to watch the world’s best teams defeat each other in the quest for the World Cup.

If you have no interest in the ESPN3 showing, there are plenty of phone and computer apps out there that give up to date information as it’s played out.  Companies that provide apps include Fox Soccer Channel, The Associated Press,Goal.com, Mundial and many others.  Also, any customer who has a television plan that allows for streaming to their mobile device will have access to all of the games, not just the games shown of ESPN3.com.

If you’re interested in making your own 2010 World Cup bracket, there’s a couple of places I can show you.  ESPN has a great layout for brackets that you can download to your computer in pdf form.  However, it does not include the first round of team eliminations, so it may be difficult to start.  The Malawi World Cup Blog has a better bracket page, showing all of the slots, but it may be a little confusing unless you follow the lines exactly.  It’s not downloadable, but I’d imagine you can print out the image.

So there you have it folks.  You can have your cake and eat it too.  Or watch your soccer games and not have to quit your job.  Dang… now I want cake.

(Editor’s Note: We’ve added the complete schedule below, courtesy of ESPN.com.  Come back here for current updates on tournament standings throughout the games.)