The very first winter World Cup took place in Qatar from November 20–December 18, 2022, and delivered one of the finest World Cup final performances of all time. Even a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe couldn’t keep France’s hopes of winning back-to-back World Cup titles alive as two-goal hero Lionel Messi and Argentina lifted the trophy after winning the penalty shootout when the match ended 3-3 after extra time. The next tournament will be jointly held across 16 cities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico from June–July 2026, with an extended format to accommodate the increase to 48 teams.
How to watch World Cup games live in your country
Broadcasters all over the world will carry live streams for the games. You can securely live stream 2022 FIFA World Cup with a VPN in just a few simple steps:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, if you’d like to see the UK broadcast, connect to a server in London.
- Check the schedule of the broadcaster you want to watch, like the BBC.
- Tune in and enjoy the games!
Where to watch FIFA World Cup games for free online
Choose your region:
Australian broadcaster SBS is airing all 64 World Cup matches for free. If you’re a Socceroos fan, their World Cup quest began against reigning champions France on November 22. You can sign up for a free account from anywhere by visiting www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/, then just connect to an Australian server, sign in, and start streaming!
If you’re tuning in from the UK, the BBC will be showing World Cup streams online for free via its BBC iPlayer streaming service—including England’s opening group game against Iran on November 21 and other choice games from the group stage and knockout rounds. Another way to watch the BBC coverage is by using Swiss service Zattoo’s Premium tier, which comes with a 30-day free trial.
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ITX (formerly ITV Hub) is the online home of all of ITV’s content, with both on-demand and live stream events, including free FIFA World Cup 2022 streams. Check the schedule before tuning in to the matches. ITV will show several games from the group stages every day (including games featuring England and Wales), as well as select games from the knockout rounds. You can also tune into the ITV coverage via Swiss service Zattoo’s Premium tier, which comes with a 30-day free trial.
You can watch select matches live and for free on RTÉ Player as the Irish broadcaster holds the FIFA World Cup 2022 rights for Ireland.
ServusTV (which also broadcasts Formula 1 races and UEFA Champions League games) provides free German-language World Cup streams, even though Austria will not be competing at this edition of tournament.
French-language broadcaster RTBF has free-to-air rights for FIFA World Cup streams and will be broadcasting the tournament live. Belgium is currently ranked N0. 2 in the world and could well qualify top of its group—all the more reason to tune into its games, as well as many others the broadcaster is showing throughout.
The Brazil men’s football team is ranked No. 1 in the world and among the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. For local coverage in Portuguese, you can watch games for free on the Brazilian streaming platform Globoplay.
Free Danish streaming service DR TV carries live football matches and international sporting events including FIFA World Cup streams. No account is required, but note that the commentary is in Danish.
France’s free streaming platform TF1 will provide free-to-air coverage of some World Cup games as Les Bleus try to defend their 2018 title. Create your account to start watching select games TFI has the rights for. Note that this stream is in French.
For free German-language options, German broadcaster ARD is showing FIFA World Cup streams online. Four-time champions Germany are among the favorites to challenge for the World Cup this year, so follow their journey on ARD.
Germany’s ZDF is one of the country’s biggest networks and will also offer free World Cup streams during the tournament—in German.
Germany football fans can live stream 48 of 64 World Cup matches online for free on ARD and ZDF, including the semi-finals and final (Magenta TV will air the other 16 matches). In addition, the Austrian broadcasters ORF and Servus TV will stream all 64 matches online for free in German.
RaiPlay is great way to watch FIFA World Cup live streams for free in Italy. The free streaming service also lets you watch other sports, as well as Italian TV and movies. Note: The commentary is in Italian.
Abema allows you to watch FIFA World Cup live streams for free in Japan. Catch all 64 games—including games featuring Japan and the final on December 18. Note: The commentary is in Japanese.
The Netherlands have a rich history at internationals—yet have never won the World Cup, despite three finals appearances. If this is the year the Dutch go all the way, you can catch all the action—with Dutch commentary—when you stream free on the national broadcaster, NOS.
Norwegian public-service broadcaster NRK TV and paid provider TV 2 will share the rights to show FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 streams in Norway, with NRK TV showing its games for free. The games will be shown with Norwegian commentary.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE will broadcast all the matches that Spain plays, in addition to the opening game between Qatar vs. Ecuador and several of the knockout stages up to and including the final.
Swedish public-service broadcaster SVT has the official rights to stream World Cup 2022 games for free. SVT will air 32 of the 64 matches live on TV and online, with commentary in Swedish.
TV4 will air 32 of the 64 World Cup games during the tournament for free. SVT has the other fixtures, free to stream. The commentary is in Swedish.
How to watch FIFA World Cup games in the United States
In the United States, Fox Sports is the official English-language broadcaster of the FIFA World Cup 2022. All USA matches will air on Fox, with many other games streaming on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). Telemundo has picked up the rights to broadcast games in the U.S. in Spanish, available to stream on Peacock. All channels are available by subscribing to cord-cutting services such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling Blue, and DirecTV Stream.
Hulu + Live TV
Price: 70 USD/month
Channel: Fox, FS1, Telemundo
With a cord-cutting service like Hulu+Live TV you can watch FIFA World Cup streams throughout the tournament on Fox and FS1. Hulu + Live TV offers more than 75 channels and also gives you access to full seasons of hit TV shows and movies on demand for an all-around entertainment package.
Note: You may need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to Hulu.
Price: 35 USD/month and up
Channels: Fox, FS1
Sling TV’s Sling Blue package comes with a host of channels including Fox Sports 1, allowing you to watch World Cup streams during the winter tournament. It costs 25 USD/month on top of Sling’s 10 USD/month subscription but comes with a three-day free trial, in case you only want to watch a specific game.
Price: 77 USD/month
Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo
FuboTV offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers, which is a great way to live stream World Cup 2022 games online through Fox, FS1, or Telemundo if you want Spanish-language coverage.
Note: You may need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to fuboTV.
Price: 75 USD/month and up
Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo
DirecTV Stream is a popular streaming platform for sports fans and includes Fox, which is broadcasting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the United States. A five-day free trial is also available.
Note: You may need to provide a U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 90210, 10022) and a valid U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to DirecTV Stream.
Price: 5 USD/month
Fans in the U.S. who want to stream World Cup games with Spanish commentary should look no further than Peacock, which will stream every FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match live in Spanish on Telemundo. Peacock Premium is reasonably priced at just 5 USD per month and also streams many EPL games (in English).
How to stream FIFA World Cup games in Switzerland
Price: 10 EUR/month and up
Channels: BBC, ITV
With more than 250 channels across several countries, Swiss-based streaming service Zattoo has quickly become a go-to app when it comes to watching live TV. Zattoo is also a handy way to watch FIFA World Cup streams through BBC and ITV and offers a 30-day free trial.
How to stream FIFA World Cup games in France, Middle East, North Africa
Regions: France, Middle East, North Africa
Fans in France and 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, and Chad) can stream World Cup games live online on beIN Sports, which is showing the games in Arabic, English, and French. Highlights and clips of memorable moments will also be shown on beIN Sports social media channels and digital platforms throughout the tournament.
Watch World Cup goals and highlights for free
While you won’t be able to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 live on it, FIFA+ is a great companion app for football fans who want to rewatch classic World Cup games, browse the latest news and results, and pore over match data from games around the world. FIFA’s own streaming platform does offer highlights, documentaries, and plenty of other content to watch on-demand.
You can catch highlights of games, goals, and memorable moments throughout the tournament on the official FIFA YouTube channel.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Groups and list of qualified countries
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|Costa Rica||Croatia||Cameroon||South Korea|
2022 FIFA World Cup schedule/fixtures
The 2022 World Cup kicked off on Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) when host Qatar faced Ecuador in a 0-2 loss. The World Cup final will be held on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) in Lusail Stadium. Find the full match schedule detailing all 64 games below:
|(Group A) Qatar vs Ecuador (Winner: ECU, 2-0)||November 20, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group B) England vs Iran (Winner: ENG, 6-2)||November 21, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group A) Senegal vs Netherlands (Winner: NED, 2-0)||November 21, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group B) USA vs Wales (DRAW, 1-1)||November 21, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group C) Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Winner: RSA, 2-1)||November 22, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group D) Denmark vs Tunisia (DRAW, 0-0)||November 22, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group C) Mexico vs Poland (DRAW, 0-0)||November 22, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group D) France vs Australia (Winner: FRA, 4-1)||November 22, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group F) Morocco vs Croatia (DRAW, 0-0)||November 23, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group E) Germany vs Japan (Winner: JPN, 2-1)||November 23, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group E) Spain vs Costa Rica (Winner: ESP, 7-0)||November 23, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group F) Belgium vs Canada (Winner: BEL, 1-0)||November 23, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group G) Switzerland vs Cameroon (Winner: SUI, 1-0)||November 24, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group H) Uruguay vs South Korea (DRAW, 0-0)||November 24, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group H) Portugal vs Ghana (Winner: POR, 3-2)||November 24, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group G) Brazil vs Serbia (Winner: BRA, 2-0)||November 24, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group B) Wales vs Iran (Winner: IRN, 2-0)||November 25, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group A) Qatar vs Senegal (Winner: SEN, 3-1)||November 25, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group A) Netherlands vs Ecuador (DRAW, 1-1)||November 25, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group B) England vs USA (DRAW, 0-0)||November 25, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group D) Tunisia vs Australia (Winner: AUS, 1-0)||November 26, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group C) Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Winner: POL, 2-0)||November 26, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group D) France vs Denmark (Winner: FRA, 2-1)||November 26, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group C) Argentina vs Mexico (Winner: ARG, 2-0)||November 26, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group E) Japan vs Costa Rica (Winner: CRC, 1-0)||November 27, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group F) Belgium vs Morocco (Winner: MOR, 2-0)||November 27, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group F) Croatia vs Canada (Winner: CRO, 4-1)||November 27, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group E) Spain vs Germany (DRAW, 1-1)||November 27, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group G) Cameroon vs Serbia (DRAW, 3-3)||November 28, 2022||5:00 a.m.|
|(Group H) South Korea vs Ghana (Winner: GHA, 3-2)||November 28, 2022||8:00 a.m.|
|(Group G) Brazil vs Switzerland (Winner: BRA, 1-0)||November 28, 2022||11:00 a.m.|
|(Group H) Portugal vs Uruguay (Winner: POR, 2-0)||November 28, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group A) Netherlands vs Qatar (Winner: NED, 2-0)||November 29, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group A) Ecuador vs Senegal (Winner: SEN, 2-1)||November 29, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group B) Wales vs England (Winner: ENG, 3-0)||November 29, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group B) Iran vs USA (Winner: USA, 1-0)||November 29, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group D) Tunisia vs France (Winner: TUN, 1-0)||November 30, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group D) Australia vs Denmark (Winner: AUS, 1-0)||November 30, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group C) Poland vs Argentina (Winner: ARG, 2-0)||November 30, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group C) Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Winner: MEX, 2-1)||November 30, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group F) Croatia vs Belgium (DRAW, 0-0)||December 1, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group F) Canada vs Morocco (Winner: MOR, 2-1)||December 1, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group E) Japan vs Spain (Winner: JPN, 2-1)||December 1, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group E) Costa Rica vs Germany (Winner: GER, 4-2)||December 1, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group H) South Korea vs Portugal (Winner: KOR, 2-1)||December 2, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group H) Ghana vs Uruguay (Winner: URU, 2-0)||December 2, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Group G) Cameroon vs Brazil (Winner: CMR, 1-0)||December 2, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Group G) Serbia vs Switzerland (Winner: SUI, 2-3)||December 2, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Round of 16) Netherlands vs USA (Winner: NED, 3-1)||December 3, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Round of 16) Argentina vs Australia (Winner: ARG, 2-1)||December 3, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Round of 16) France vs Poland (Winner: FRA, 3-1)||December 4, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Round of 16) England vs Senegal (Winner: ENG, 3-0)||December 4, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Round of 16) Japan vs Croatia (Winner: CRO, 1-1 (3-1 Pen))||December 5, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Round of 16) Brazil vs South Korea (Winner: BRA, 4-1)||December 5, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Round of 16) Morocco vs Spain (Winner: MOR, 0-0 (3-0 Pen))||December 6, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Round of 16) Portugal vs Switzerland (Winner: POR, 6-1)||December 6, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Quarterfinal 1) Croatia vs Brazil (Winner: CRO, 1-1 (4-2 Pen))||December 9, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Quarterfinal 2) Netherlands vs Argentina (Winner: ARG, 2-2 (4-3 Pen))||December 9, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Quarterfinal 3) Morocco vs Portugal (Winner: MOR, 1-0)||December 10, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Quarterfinal 4) England vs France (Winner: FRA, 2-1)||December 10, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Semifinal) Argentina vs Croatia (Winner: ARG, 3-0)||December 13, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(Semifinal) France vs Morocco (Winner: FRA, 2-0)||December 14, 2022||2:00 p.m.|
|(3rd Place) Croatia vs Morocco (Winner: CRO, 2-1)||December 17, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
|(Final) Argentina vs France (Winner: ARG, 3-3 (4-2 Pen))||December 18, 2022||10:00 a.m.|
FAQ: FIFA World Cup 2022
When does the FIFA World Cup 2022 start?
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off on November 20 at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) with a Group A match featuring host nation Qatar vs. Ecuador. The tournament continues until the final on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).
Where will the FIFA World Cup 2022 take place?
The 2022 edition of the World Cup takes place from November 20–December 18 in Qatar. Eight stadiums will host the games. The 60,000-seater Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, just north of Doha, will host several big games including the opening match between Qatar vs. Ecuador. The 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium will host the final on December 18, 2022. Other venues hosting games are the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, and Stadium 974.
How much does a FIFA World Cup 2022 ticket cost?
Individual match tickets are available in categories (1, 2, 3, and 4) as well as accessibility tickets (AT). However, category 4 tickets are reserved for residents of Qatar. Prices vary according to the category as well as which stage of the tournament the game takes place in; for example, a category 1 ticket for the opening game sells for as much as 2,250 QAR (approx. 600 USD) (Cat 1), while the final can cost as much as 5,850 QAR (approx. 1,600 USD) (Cat 1). For more information, visit fifa.com/tickets
Which country has won the FIFA World Cup the most?
Brazil is the most successful World Cup team with five titles (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002). Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) and Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) each have four titles. Argentina (1978, 1986), France (1998, 2018), and Uruguay (1930, 1950) have each won the tournament twice, while Spain (2010) and England (1966) have each won it once.
Where is FIFA World Cup Trophy kept?
The original Jules Rimet Trophy is now permanently kept at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. It’s present on the pitch at the World Cup opening game and the final, next to the current trophy. These days, the winners receive a bronze replica of the World Cup trophy, which is gold-plated rather than solid gold.
What are the current FIFA team rankings?
Going into the World Cup, the current top 10 ranking is:
6. Italy (did not qualify for the World Cup)
When is the FIFA World Cup next being held?
The next tournament is the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be jointly held in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
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