The Saudi Pro League has suddenly become the centre of attraction across the globe.
Nobody gave the league a chance to become as popular as it is now. It shows how monetised football has become today.
When Cristiano Ronaldo signed off at Manchester United, it was full of bitterness, and rumours quickly suggested a mammoth deal was on the table in Saudi Arabia for the Portugal international.
Nobody believed that CR7 would head for the oil-rich country, but Ronaldo signed one of the most lucrative deals in football history and opened the door to many more stars to follow.
Karim Benzema left Real Madrid this summer for Al-Ittihad. Other star players who joined the Saudi Pro League include Premier League stars Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea) and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), who joined Al-Ahli. Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson also made their way to Al-Ettifaq.
The influx of these stars has wet the appetite of many fans who now look to see how these players will perform in the Middle East country.
Despite missing out on signing Lionel Messi, the Saudi Pro League has taken on a massive significance.
Let’s look at everything you need to know about where to watch and stream Saudi Pro League live on TV & online.
Where to watch the Saudi Pro League – TV
With the Saudi Pro League just gaining popularity, avenues to view their matches are currently limited. Gradually, more media organisations are getting on the wagon of the league.
Nigerians heavily rely on DSTV, SuperSport and GOTV for their football and other sports entertainment, but they would not air the Saudi Pro League.
Nigerians need not worry about how they can watch Cristiano Ronaldo and the other stars in Saudi Arabia. Startimes successfully renewed its contract with the Saudi Pro League (SPL) for two consecutive seasons, which means StarTimes will air all the games of the SPL till 2025. They will televise the matches on all their media platforms in the sub-Saharan region.
A subscription to StarTimes comes at a little under $8 a month.
Apps and Online streaming
You can also stream the matches of the Saudi Pro League online or via your app.
If you are on the go, you can carry the games in your pocket courtesy of the StarTimes On. You can watch it on your phone, tablet or laptop. You have to subscribe to the service.
If Startimes is not to your liking, you can try Shahid. Shahid has international TV and streaming rights for the Saudi Pro League.
Shahid is not pricey. It costs £8.99 per month, for a monthly subscription, with the annual subscription slightly cheaper at £76.99 per year. It also has match replays and other TV shows included in the package.
The US channel will show the occasional game, but to assess the platform in Nigeria, a Nigerian viewer will need a VPN.
The UK channel also rights to the Saudi Pro League and streams the games live on its official YouTube channel.
Upcoming Saudi Pro League games on TV
Saturday, August 12
- Al-Ta'ee vs Damac – 4pm
- Al-Feiha vs Al-Khaleej – 7pm
Sunday, August 13
- Al-Fateh vs Al-Taawoun – 7pm
- Al-Riyadh vs Al-Wehda – 7pm
Monday, August 14
- Al-Raed vs Al-Ittihad – 4pm
- Abha vs Al-Hilal – 4pm
- Ettifaq vs Al-Nassr – 7pm
- Al-Shabab vs Al-Akhdoud – 7pm
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago