How to Download Football Games from YouTube

There has never been a better time to be a football fan.

If you miss a college football game, or maybe you just want to go back and study a bunch of games from a particular team, YouTube is the place to go.

But what if you want to save those games? Is there a way to get them onto your computer?


I get this question all the time, and today I’m gonna show you how to download football games from YouTube.

Step One – Find A Game On YouTube

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Let’s say I wanna find the TV copy of Clemson vs Louisville from earlier this season. I’ll search for the game and find it.

Step Two – Right Click And “Copy Link Address”


Next, when I find the video I want, I’ll right click it and click on Copy Link Address.

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Step Three – Open A Second Tab And Go To

KeepVid is your friend in times like this.

It’s completely free to use, and you don’t have to download any programs onto your desktop to get it to work.

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Step Four – Paste The Link Address Into The Top┬áBar

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Step Five – Click The “Download” Button

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Step Six – Right Click On The Desired Link And “Save Link As”

Here’s where personal preference comes in.

KeepVid gives you a choice of several different kinds of video quality when you’re downloading a video. You may want the best video quality, or you may want something a little bit faster.

In the example below, the 720p file is a higher quality video than 480p, but it’s also a much larger file, which means it will take longer to download.

I usually go with the second-best video quality. It still gives you a great quality video, but it also downloads pretty quickly as well, and doesn’t take up a lot of space on your drive either.

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Once you know which one you want, right click and hit Save Link As.How To Download Football Games From YouTube step-6-1

Step Seven – Choose Where You Want To Save It

This part may not be that big of a deal to some of you, but if you’re like me, you like your video collection to be organized.

I’ve got a folder specifically for saving TV copies of games I want to go back and watch later, and then I separate those by team name.

Here I’m gonna the game to my new Louisville folder.

How To Download Football Games From YouTube step-7This part also gives you the ability to name the file whatever you want, so in this case I’m gonna put the year (2016) and the two teams playing (Clemson vs Louisville) in the file name.
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Step Eight – Save It On Your External Hard Drive

This may seem like an extra step, but if you’re serious about putting together a film library, buying an external hard drive just for video is a great idea.

I recommend this one.

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Step Nine – Wait For It To Download

The waiting is the hardest part.

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Step Ten – Enjoy!

That’s it! Start watching!

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But wait, there’s more!

Suggested Tools

Here are a couple of extra tools I use myself, and that make my video work a whole lot easier.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player will play practically any form of video file, and its easy keyboard controls to rewind and fast forward make it ideal for coaches and guys like me who love to watch football video and break it down.

It’s completely free to use and download.

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is the gold standard in online video. I use it practically every day.

As you may have guessed from the title, it’s completely free to use.

Still, be extra careful during installation, as there are some extra spam programs that they’ll try to install on your hard drive if you don’t click out of the default options.

You can use this program to- you guessed it- convert video files, but also cut large files into individual clips.

1 Terabyte External Hard Drive

You can get a really good external hard drive for around $50. If you want to build a good-sized video library, I wouldn’t buy anything less than a 1 Terabyte, which lets you store hundreds of hours of video.

Seagate is the best brand in the business, and I own several myself.

Get yours here.