Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Stream Free Online

Replace the batteries in your TV remote, set your alarm for way-too-early a.m., and get ready to watch the best month of sports of the year as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch World Cup 2022 in the United States.

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This year’s World Cup has a few firsts making this viewing experience unique: It’s the first World Cup held in the Middle East, and it’s the first World Cup held in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. This means matches will kick off quite early in the morning for most Americans, with 5 a.m. ET matches for the first eight days of the tournament (that’s 2 a.m. PT).

Fortunately for U.S. men’s national team fans, every group-stage match for Gregg Berhalter’s Americans will kick off at 2 p.m. ET. The earliest a USMNT game could be is 10 a.m. ET in the knockout rounds.

If you want to know how to watch World Cup 2022 in all its glory — all 64 matches on live TV — you’ve come to the right place.

How To Watch World Cup 2022 In the USA

  • TV: Fox, FS1, Telemundo, Universo
  • Streaming: Fox Sports App, Peacock Premium
    See below for the full schedule

In brief, you can watch the World Cup in English on either Fox or FS1, with Telemundo and Universo airing the matches in Spanish. Fox Sports App will stream matches in English; Peacock will stream most matches in Spanish. Additionally, streaming services like fubo, Sling TV and YouTube TV offer the channels airing the matches.

On the English side of things, Fox will air 35 matches while FS1 will air 29. Big Fox will air every USMNT game with one possible exception: If the U.S. finishes second in Group B, FS1 will air its Round of 16 matches because it would take place on a Sunday and Fox is prioritizing the NFL.

The World Cup TV schedule is subject to change, but it’s unlikely Fox will replace NFL with soccer, as it hasn’t scheduled any Sunday matches on Fox except for the final. Fox is even refusing to air Mexico-Argentina, one of the biggest group-stage matches of the tournament for an American audience, on Fox, putting its college football product ahead of El Tri.

Fox has promised 98 hours of studio programming, including daily one-hour pregame shows plus buffer programming between matches and at least 30 minutes of postgame for USMNT games. Additionally, World Cup Tonight will air at midnight across the country (regardless of time zone) on Fox to recap the day’s events. In all, Fox networks plan to air 226 hours of World Cup coverage.

Fox will announce the lineup of broadcasters it will use in the summer. You can expect all the regular Fox soccer announcers — Alexi Lalas, Rob Stone, Stu Holden, John Strong, etc. — to be involved. Fox has not yet said if its studio productions will be broadcast from Qatar or back Stateside or if its match announcers will be on location, at a studio in the U.S., or a mix of both. Fox had a team in Russia four years ago when the U.S. didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but most of the match announcers called the games from a studio in Los Angeles.

In Spanish, Telemundo will air every match except for the simultaneous kickoffs to end the group stage. In those cases, Universo will air the other match. (All of the simultaneous kickoff TV channels are subject to change based on matchups.)

The tournament is broken down into two phases: the group stage and the knockout stage. The 32 participating nations have been divided into eight groups of four, with each team playing every team in its group once (three matches). The top two teams from each group (16 in all) advance to single-elimination knockout matches until a champion is crowned. During the group stage, matches will be played at 5 a.m., 8 a.m. 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. ET. Knockout round matches are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET. The final on Dec. 18 will kick off at 10 a.m. ET.

For the first time since 2002 when the defending champion opened the tournament, the host nation is not playing the first game of the World Cup. FIFA has condensed the schedule into the shortest World Cup since the tournament was increased to 32 teams, meaning more matches have been squeezed into a smaller window. The 2018 World Cup was four days longer.

Senegal vs. the Netherlands is the first match at 5 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 21. England then plays Iran at 8 a.m. ET on opening day before Qatar finally kicks off its campaign against Ecuador at 11 a.m. ET.

The USMNT plays the final match on opening day against Wales.

How To Watch USMNT World Cup 2022 Matches

Monday, Nov. 21
United States vs. Wales, 2 p.m. ET — Fox, Telemundo

Friday, Nov. 25
England vs. United States, 2 p.m. ET — Fox, Telemundo

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Iran vs. United States, 2 p.m. ET — Fox, Telemundo

Another World Cup first is a feast of football on Thanksgiving Day. FS1 will air two early matches (Switzerland-Cameroon, Uruguay-South Korea) before using the two later games (Portugal vs. Ghana, Brazil vs. Serbia) to transition straight into its NFL coverage. Last year, Fox found great success broadcasting the first MLS playoff game on Thanksgiving ahead of its NFL coverage, and having stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar before whatever boring NFL game is on Thanksgiving Day should increase World Cup TV ratings.

The day after Thanksgiving, known in the U.S. as Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year, also presents Fox with a huge rating opportunity. While many Americans are out shopping that day, many more stay home in a food coma, stuck on the couch with nothing but college football to watch. The USMNT vs. England match could set viewership records for a men’s World Cup in the U.S. (though likely not overtake the overall record, which belongs to the 2015 Women’s World Cup final).

Working against big TV ratings in the U.S. will be those who refuse to watch the tournament to boycott the fact Qatar is hosting. In addition to countless allegations of corruption in the voting process to award the tournament to Qatar, the nation has been accused of using what amounts to modern-day slavery to build its stadiums. Additionally, the Muslim nation outlaws homosexuality, punishable by death in some cases, leading many to decry holding the world’s greatest sporting event in a nation that does not accept all humans.

Other big matches to watch in the group stage include Germany vs. Spain (2 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 27, FS1), Portugal vs. Uruguay (2 p.m. ET Monday, Nov. 28, Fox), Belgium vs. Croatia (10 a.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 1, Fox) and the matches for our Concacaf neighbors Mexico and Canada.

How To Watch Mexico World Cup 2022 Matches

Tuesday, Nov. 22
Mexico vs. Poland, 11 a.m. ET — Fox, Telemundo

Saturday, Nov. 26
Argentina vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. ET — FS1, Telemundo

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. ET — FS1, Telemundo*

How To Watch Canada World Cup 2022 Matches

Wednesday, Nov. 23
Belgium vs. Canada, 2 p.m. ET — Fox, Telemundo

Sunday, Nov. 27
Croatia vs. Canada, 11 a.m. ET — FS1, Telemundo

Thursday, Dec. 1
Canada vs. Morocco, 10 a.m. ET — FS1, Telemundo*

*Note: Channels for final group-stage matches, which are simultaneous kickoffs, are subject to change as the most important match will be put on Fox/Telemundo with the other on FS1/Universo.

Below is the full World Cup TV schedule for anyone who wants to know how to watch World Cup 2022. Bookmark this page and check back later for any changes in the schedule (including the addition of Telemundo coverage information). If you want to attend in person, click here to learn how to buy tickets.

How To Watch World Cup 2022 In USA — Full World Cup TV Schedule

All Times EST

Group Stage

Monday, Nov. 21
5 a.m. — Senegal vs. Netherlands — Fox, Telemundo
8 a.m. — England vs. Iran — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Qatar vs. Ecuador — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — United States vs. Wales — Fox, Telemundo

Tuesday, Nov. 22
5 a.m. — Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Denmark vs. Tunisia — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Mexico vs. Poland — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — France vs. Australia — FOX, Telemundo

Wednesday, Nov. 23
5 a.m. — Morocco vs. Croatia — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Germany vs. Japan — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Spain vs. Costa Rica — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Belgium vs. Canada — FOX, Telemundo

Thursday, Nov. 24
5 a.m. — Switzerland vs. Cameroon — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Uruguay vs. South Korea — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Portugal vs. Ghana — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Brazil vs. Serbia — FOX, Telemundo

Friday, Nov. 25
5 a.m. — Wales vs. Iran — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Qatar vs. Senegal — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Netherlands vs. Ecuador — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — England vs. United States — FOX, Telemundo

Saturday, Nov. 26
5 a.m. — Australia vs. Tunisia — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Poland vs. Saudi Arabia — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — France vs. Denmark — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Argentina vs. Mexico — FS1, Telemundo

Sunday, Nov. 27
5 a.m. — Japan vs. Costa Rica — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — Belgium vs. Morocco — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Croatia vs. Canada — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Spain vs. Germany — FS1, Telemundo

Monday, Nov. 28
5 a.m. — Cameroon vs. Serbia — FS1, Telemundo
8 a.m. — South Korea vs. Ghana — FS1, Telemundo
11 a.m. — Brazil vs. Switzerland — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Portugal vs. Uruguay — FOX, Telemundo

Tuesday, Nov. 29
10 a.m. — Netherlands vs. Qatar — FOX, Universo
10 a.m. — Ecuador vs. Senegal — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Wales vs. England — FS1, Universo
2 p.m. — Iran vs. United States — FOX, Telemundo

Wednesday, Nov. 30
10 a.m. — Tunisia vs. France — FOX, Universo
10 a.m. — Australia vs. Denmark — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Poland vs. Argentina — FOX, Universo
2 p.m. — Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico — FS1, Telemundo

Thursday, Dec. 1
10 a.m. — Croatia vs. Belgium — FOX, Universo
10 a.m. — Canada vs. Morocco — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Japan vs. Spain — FOX, Universo
2 p.m. — Costa Rica vs. Germany — FS1, Telemundo

Friday, Dec. 2
10 a.m. — South Korea vs. Portugal — FOX, Telemundo
10 a.m. — Ghana vs. Uruguay — FS1, Universo
2 p.m. — Cameroon vs. Brazil — FOX, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Serbia vs. Switzerland — FS1, Universo

Knockout Stage

Round of 16

Saturday, Dec. 3
10 a.m. — Match 49: Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 50: Group C Winner vs. Group D Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo

Sunday, Dec. 4
10 a.m. — Match 52: Group D Winner vs. Group C Runner-Up — FS1, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 51: Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-Up — FS1, Telemundo

Monday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. — Match 53: Group E Winner vs. Group F Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 54: Group G Winner vs. Group H Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo

Tuesday, Dec. 6
10 a.m. — Match 55: Group F Winner vs. Group E Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 56: Group H Winner vs. Group G Runner-Up — Fox, Telemundo

Quarterfinals

Friday, Dec. 9
10 a.m. — Match 58: Match 53 Winner vs. Match 54 Winner — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 Winner — Fox, Telemundo

Saturday, Dec. 10
10 a.m. — Match 60: Match 55 Winner vs. Match 56 Winner — Fox, Telemundo
2 p.m. — Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 Winner — Fox, Telemundo

Semifinals

Tuesday, Dec. 13
2 p.m. — Match 61: Match 57 Winner vs. Match 58 Winner — Fox, Telemundo

Wednesday, Dec. 14
2 p.m. — Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 Winner — Fox, Telemundo

Third-Place Match

Saturday, Dec. 17
10 a.m. — Loser Match 61 vs. Loser Match 62 — Fox, Telemundo

Final

Sunday, Dec. 18
10 a.m. — Winner Match 61 vs. Winner Match 62 — Fox, Telemundo

How to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Online and Over the Air Without Cable

FOX has the rights to the English-language World Cup broadcasts in 2022, which means the whole tournament will be aired under the Fox Sports brand. But Fox Sports isn’t a channel — it’s a brand Fox uses across multiple networks, including FOX, FS1, and others. Most games, including most of the biggest ones, will be on FOX’s main channel, but the rest will be on FS1. If you want Spanish-language broadcasts, you’ll need Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN instead.

DIRECTV Stream has gone by too many names to list, but it’s a good way to catch the 2022 World Cup no matter what you call it. DIRECTV Stream’s cost is also reasonable compared to cable and satellite.

Hulu + Live TV is the skinny-bundle service from Hulu, which is already well known for its on-demand content. (The on-demand content is included in your subscription if you opt for Hulu + Live TV.) This live TV streaming service offers streams of FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and NBCSN.

fuboTV was founded as a soccer streaming service, so it’s no surprise to see it on this list. It has long since relaunched as a more general-interest skinny bundle, but it’s still a great choice for sports fans and a particularly good choice for soccer fans. You’ll find FOX (in select markets), FS1, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN in fuboTV’s channel selection.

Sling TV’s channel selection includes FOX only in select markets, so you’ll probably want to pair it with an antenna if you’re looking for World Cup coverage. Sling TV does offer live streams of FS1, NBC Universo, and NBCSN though.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV, Google’s skinny bundle, is a great way to watch the World Cup without cable because it offers FOX, FS1, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN among its live streaming channels.

Free Over-the-Air TV

Both FOX and Telemundo are broadcast networks, which means they are broadcast for free over the air in many areas. If you can pick up the signal from your local affiliate stations, you’ll be able to watch most of the World Cup — including the biggest and most anticipated matchups — for free.

Can I Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

One of the great things about skinny bundles is that you can watch them on almost any device. This chart covers all the streaming devices you can use to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without cable.

There Are Many Ways to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Without Cable

Whether you’re subscribing to a skinny bundle or watching free over-the-air TV, there are several avenues available to see the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament without paying for cable. All that’s left to do is choose one!

If you’re still craving more soccer, we’ve got you covered. Our guide to streaming soccer as a cord-cutter can help you watch club soccer and international matchups from all over the world. We’ve also written a complete guide to watching the Premier League online.

How to Watch Fifa World Cup in 2022

The Fifa World Cup only happens every four years, and when it’s held in a far-flung country, then seeing, in person, your national team playing can be tricky. The next best thing is to watch the action unfold live on TV. The rise of streaming via the Internet has a huge foothold in the world of sports – but there can still be challenges.

What happens if you’re away from home or your home country isn’t showing live coverage? Live sports events like the world cup can be affected by geo-restrictions due to broadcast rights – but the good news is that with the help of a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can bypass the blocks and stream every match.

Not all VPNs can get around geo-blocks to enable you to watch every Fifa World Cup match live – I’ve tested over 30 different VPNs and found only a few that could unblock streaming services reliably and without a big drop in speeds. Out of those, I found ExpressVPN to be the best. It has 3000 servers in 94 countries, giving you the best chance of being able to access the World Cup broadcasts.

ExpressVPN is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it risk-free, and if it’s not right for you, you can ask for a refund, no questions asked!

How a VPN Helps You Watch the Fifa World Cup

Big networks like Fox Sports in the US and ITV and BBC in the UK will offer live streaming of many matches via their websites. Both ITV and BBC have ‘player’ apps that allow you to watch the matches on the personal device of your choice for no charge. The caveat is that you have to have a UK IP address to initiate the live feed on either one. If you don’t, you’ll get an error message and have no idea how your site is doing on the pitch.

If you don’t live in the UK, this is obviously quite a problem, but one with a manageable solution as well. The way to emulate the IP of another country is to use a virtual private network (VPN) service. A VPN is often used to protect your information when using the Internet but can also be used to access content that is blocked based on what country you are in.

When put into use, a VPN creates a secure ‘tunnel’ between your computer and a remote server, typically located in another country. The tunnel encrypts all your information and sends it to a remote server, home of the VPN. once there, the messages are decrypted and your requests are sent on to the Internet. The reverse happens as well: The data is sent to the VPN server and there encrypted before zooming through the secure tunnel back to your computer.

Ways to Stream the Fifa World Cup With a VPN

Live Streaming with KODI via VPN

KODI is the open-source software that can be installed on a TV running Amazon Fire TV. KODI has a direct deal with BBC, ITV, and Fox Sports to broadcast the World Cup. KODI can live stream the same networks but will be blocked from use without a VPN in place to match up to its IP address to one in an approved country. Some VPNs have a free trial that you could sign up for, thus never having to actually pay for a subscription while still watching the entirety of the World Cup on your TV.

Live Streaming through Xbox/PS4 with VPN

Gaming platforms Xbox and PS4 are a natural fit for streaming the World Cup considering how many football fans cut their teeth on the many incarnations of video games showcasing their favorite players and teams.  If you are located in the US you can use Fox Sports Go to access the American network’s football coverage. You can do likewise in the UK with the BBC player or ITV player to stream the action live. If you’re in another country, you’ll still need a VPN server in place to convince those networks that your IP address is consistent with the protocol they are expecting to encounter during the digital handshake.

Full U.S. group stage schedule:

  • U.S. vs. winner of European playoff: 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 21
  • U.S. vs. England: 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 25
  • U.S. vs. Iran: 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 29

Portugal and Brazil will play in the matches leading up to the NFL on Fox Thanksgiving game.

Fox will also air 98 hours of studio programming around the matches, including “FIFA World Cup Live,” a “table-setting show looking forward to the day ahead.” The show will air at 4 a.m. ET through the first eight days of competition, then shift to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET later on. Other offerings will include “FIFA World Cup Today” for pre-and post-match analysis, as well as a recap show “FIFA World Cup Tonight” daily at 12 a.m. across time zones.

The World Cup final will air on Fox on Sunday, Dec.18 at 10:00 a.m. ET with coverage beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.

The network’s roster of broadcast analysts, hosts, and other personalities will be announced over the summer, Fox Sports said.