How to watch World Cup 2022 — schedule and live stream for free

The FIFA World Cup trophy ahead of the final between France and Croatia in 2018
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The FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 ended with a bang as Portugal thrashed Switzerland and booked the final place in the quarterfinals. Cristiano Ronaldo was benched, but Portugal thrived without him, putting in a dominate performance against a Swiss side that looked shell shocked for most of the game. The tournament now takes a short break before returning on Friday, December 9 for the start of the quarterfinals. 

World Cup 2022 key fixtures

Next game (Friday, Dec. 9):
► Croatia vs Brazil
• Time — 3 p.m. GMT / 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT / 2 a.m. AEDT (Dec. 10)
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• U.K. — Watch on BBC and BBC iPlayer
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We're now down to the last eight teams at the World Cup 2022, and the full quarterfinal schedule has been set. There are exciting matchups across the entire round but England vs France is surely the pick of the bunch. The Three Lions and Les Bleus are both unbeaten at Qatar, and have looked arguably the two best teams at the tournament. The winner of this game will be strong favorite to go all the way. 

Whatever team you support, Tom's Guide is afield to provide you with a rundown of every game across the four-week World Cup period, with a guide on how to watch live streams of every single World Cup 2022 match. We'll be following the action from the group stages all the way to the grand final.

The good news is you can watch it all because every game is being live-streamed somewhere in the world. So read on to find out how and where to watch all of World Cup 2022, wherever you are and for free. 

Today's games at World Cup 2022

After more than two weeks of continuous football, today is the first day since November 20 where there isn't a World Cup match to watch. But fear not because the tournament will return very soon. Friday, December 9 will offer the first two quarterfinal matches, with the remaining two the following day. In the meantime, you could rewatch some World Cup highlights to pass the time until the soccer return in just 48 hours. 

How to watch every World Cup 2022 game

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams for FREE 

Every single game of World Cup 2022 will be available to watch on free-to-air television in multiple countries, and that’s good news regardless of where you happen to be for the duration of the tournament. 

In the U.K. football fans can enjoy every game of World Cup 2022 across BBC and ITV. As is traditional, the tournament will be split across both channels with the final airing on both. And you can opt to watch online as well via BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) or ITV Hub (opens in new tab). Just note that you will need a valid TV license in order to watch. 

The World Cup 2022 will also be free to watch in Australia via SBS (or online on SBS On-Demand (opens in new tab)). In India the tournament will be broadcast on Sports18, but you can also watch for free on the JioCinema app (opens in new tab). Other countries with free-to-air coverage of the World Cup 2022 include Germany (via ZDF (opens in new tab) and ARD (opens in new tab)), France (via TF1 (opens in new tab)), Spain on (via Mediaset (opens in new tab)) and Italy (via RAI (opens in new tab))  

If you’re normally in one of these countries but happen to be abroad right now, you won’t miss out if you watch using one of the best VPNs. These allow you to watch your go-to streaming wherever in the world you are.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could watch the World Cup without having to sign up long-term.

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams from anywhere with a VPN 

If you're not in your home country during the World Cup 2022 and are unable to live stream a game from wherever you are, you can still tune in via a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it appear that you're surfing the web from your home town — meaning that you can access the streaming services you already pay for. It's all totally legal and easy to do.

We've tested many different VPN services and our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab); it offers superb speeds, excellent customer service and a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out first to see if it's right for you. But you've got other VPN options too, so check out our full list of the best VPN services.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub and watch the game.

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World Cup 2022 live streams by country

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams in the US 

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the World Cup 2022 across the Fox network. The group stage coverage will be split between FOX and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), with the knockout rounds airing on FOX. These channels may be accessible as part of your cable package or with one of our best TV antenna picks.  

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including FOX (if you have a local Fox Network on Sling) and FS1. But best of all, right now Sling is offering half off the first month (opens in new tab), making it a great way to watch the soccer.

Fubo.TV is another option. This costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including FOX and FS1, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy. 

Spanish language coverage is available via Telemundo or Peacock (opens in new tab). The first 12 games will be available to watch on a free tier account, but streaming the remaining 52 games of the tournament you will require a Peacock Premium subscription ($9.99/month). 

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch World Cup live streams by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Sling TV (opens in new tab)

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $40 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including Fox and FS1. But right now, Sling is offering the first month for half price.

Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)

If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including Fox and FS1. 

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams in Canada 

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If you're in Canada, you can get all the World Cup 2022 games on TSN , as part of a cable TV package. If you've cut the cord, you can sign up for TSN Direct (opens in new tab) for $19.99 per month or you can take an annual pass which works out at $16.66 per month. Plus, the service is open to all: you don't need to have TSN as part of an existing TV package.

If you live in Canada and already subscribe to TSN , but aren't at home right now, you can still watch a World Cup 2022 live stream by using a quality VPN like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams in the UK  

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Football fans in the UK are very lucky as every single game of World Cup 2022 will be broadcast for free — it is the nation’s sport after all. The games will be split between BBC and ITV, with online coverage available on the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and ITV Hub (opens in new tab)

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K. and have a valid U.K. TV license, you can still follow every single game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams in Australia 

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Aussie soccer fans can watch World Cup 2022 for free on SBS. The free-to-air network is available on traditional TV or online by using SBS On-Demand (opens in new tab).

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on SBS as if you were back home. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is out top pick of the options out there.   

How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access World Cup 2022 live streams via Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $60.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

World Cup 2022 full schedule and TV listings

World Cup 2022 fixture list and TV listings

(All times GMT)

Group stage: Nov. 20 - Dec. 2

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Sunday, November 20
4 p.m.Qatar 0-2 EcuadorBBC
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Monday, November 21
1 p.m.England 6-2 IranBBC
4 p.m.Senegal 0-2 Netherlands ITV
7 p.m.USA 1-1 Wales ITV
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Tuesday, November 22
10 a.m.Argentina 1-2 Saudi ArabiaITV
1 p.m.Denmark 0-0 TunisiaITV
4 p.m.Mexico 0-0 PolandBBC
7 p.m.France 4-1 AustraliaBBC
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Wednesday, November 23
10 a.m.Morocco 0-0 CroatiaITV
1 p.m.Germany 1-2 JapanITV
4 p.m.Spain 7-0 Costa RicaITV
7 p.m.Belgium 1-0 CanadaBBC
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Thursday, November 24
10 a.m.Switzerland 1-0 CameroonITV
1 p.m.Uruguay 0-0 South KoreaBBC
4 p.m.Portugal 3-2 GhanaITV
7 p.m.Brazil 2-0 SerbiaBBC
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Friday, November 25
10 a.m.Wales 0-2 IranBBC
1 p.m.Qatar 1-3 SenegalBBC
4 p.m.Netherlands 1-1 EcuadorITV
7 p.m.England 0-0 USAITV
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Saturday, November 26
10 a.m.Tunisia 0-1 Australia BBC
1 p.m.Poland 2-0 Saudi ArabiaITV
4 p.m.France 2-1 DenmarkITV
7 p.m.Argentina 2-0 MexicoITV
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Sunday, November 27
10 a.m.Japan 0-1 Costa RicaITV
1 p.m.Belgium 0-2 MoroccoBBC
4 p.m.Croatia 4-1 CanadaBBC
7 p.m.Spain 1-1 GermanyBBC
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Monday, November 28
10 a.m.Cameroon 3-3 SerbiaITV
1 p.m.South Korea 2-3 GhanaBBC
4 p.m.Brazil 1-0 SwitzerlandITV
7 p.m.Portugal 2-0 Uruguay ITV
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Tuesday, November 29
3 p.m.Ecuador 1-2 SenegalITV
3 p.m.Netherlands 2-0 QatarITV
7 p.m.Iran 0-1 USA BBC
7 p.m.Wales 0-3 EnglandBBC
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Wednesday, November 30
3 p.m.Tunisia 1-0 FranceBBC
3 p.m.Australia 1-0 DenmarkBBC
7 p.m.Poland 0-2 ArgentinaBBC
7 p.m.Saudi Arabia 1-2 MexicoBBC
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Thursday, December 1
4 p.m.Canada 1-2 MoroccoBBC
4 p.m.Croatia 0-0 BelgiumBBC
7 p.m.Japan 2-1 SpainITV
7 p.m.Costa Rica 2-4 GermanyITV
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Friday, December 2
4 p.m.Ghana 0-2 UruguayBBC
4 p.m.South Korea 2-1 Portugal BBC
7 p.m.Serbia 2-3 SwitzerlandITV
7 p.m.Cameroon 1-0 BrazilITV

Round of 16: Dec. 3 - Dec. 6

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Saturday, December 3
3 p.m.Netherlands 3-1 USABBC
7 p.m.Argentina 2-1 Australia BBC
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Sunday, December 4
3 p.m.France 3-1 PolandBBC
7 p.m.England 3-0 Senegal ITV
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Monday, December 5
3 p.m.Japan 1-1 Croatia (1-3 on pens)BBC
7 p.m.Brazil 4-1 South Korea ITV
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Tuesday, December 6
3 p.m.Morocco 0-0 Spain (3-0 on pens) ITV
7 p.m.Portugal 6-1 SwitzerlandITV

Quarter-finals: Dec. 9 - Dec. 10

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Friday, December 9
3 p.m.Croatia vs BrazilN/A
7 p.m.Netherlands vs ArgentinaN/A
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Saturday, December 10
3 p.m.Morocco vs Portugal/SwitzerlandN/A
7 p.m.England vs FranceN/A

Semi-finals: Dec. 13 - Dec. 14

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Tuesday, December 13
7 p.m.Semi-final 1N/A
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Wednesday, December 14
7 p.m.Semi-final 2N/A

World Cup 2022 finals: Dec. 18

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Saturday, December 17
3 p.m.Third-place playoffN/A
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Sunday, December 18
3 p.m.World Cup 2022 finalBBC/ITV

World Cup 2022 groups

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GROUP A
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Netherlands347
Senegal316
Ecuador314
Qatar3-60
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GROUP B
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England377
USA315
Iran3-33
Wales3-51
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GROUP C
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Argentina336
Poland304
Mexico 3-14
Saudi Arabia3-23
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GROUP D
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France336
Australia3-16
Tunisia304
Denmark3-21
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GROUP E
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Japan316
Spain364
Germany314
Costa Rica 3-83
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GROUP F
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Morocco 337
Croatia 335
Belgium 3-14
Canada3-50
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GROUP G
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Brazil 336
Switzerland316
Cameroon 304
Serbia3-31
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GROUP H
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Portugal326
South Korea304
Uruguay304
Ghana3-23

Where does World Cup 2022 take place?  

World Cup 2022 is being hosted in Qatar, and the decision to award the most prestigious soccer tournament on earth to the country has been a controversial one, to say the least. The topic of World Cup 2022 controversies (opens in new tab) now has a dedicated wiki page such is the level of unease surrounding this iteration of the tournament.   

The reasons for such a high degree of controversy are numerous and complex. Reports claim (opens in new tab) that migrant construction workers building the infrastructure and stadiums for the World Cup have been subject to unsafe conditions for little, or even no, pay. It’s believed that thousands may have died (opens in new tab) as a result of Qatar’s efforts to rapidly scale up in preparation to host the tournament. 

Furthermore, many of Qatar's laws have also come under scrutiny by western countries and groups such as Amnesty International (opens in new tab). These include same-sex relationships being punishable by a prison sentence , as well as the lack of equality for women. The country's strict laws surrounding alcohol consumption is also expected to be cause tension with international fans. 

Several national teams including the Australian squad have made statements expressing their disappointment at FIFA’s decision to award the World Cup to Qatar. Adding fuel to the fire are the allegations that Qatar’s bid for the World Cup was steeped in bribery and was part of a larger corruption scandal at FIFA (opens in new tab) that broke in 2015.     

What stadiums are hosting World Cup 2022 games?

As mentioned, Qatar lacked much of the infrastructure to accommodate a large-scale tournament like the World Cup when it was earmarked as the 2022 host. As a result the has country spent the last 12 years rapidly building enough stadiums to host 64 games over a period of just 29 days.

In fact, just one of the eight stadiums that will host games was already built when the tournament was awarded to Qatar in 2010. The Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976 but was extensively renovated in 2017. 

The centrepiece arena is the Lusail Stadium with a capacity for 80,000 spectators and a state-of-the-art cooling system. It is estimated to have cost $767 million to build. Meanwhile, the opening game of the tournament will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium (and this is also where the hotly-anticipated England vs USA game will be held). 

At least fans making the journey to Qatar for the World Cup won't have to travel far once they've arrived as all the stadiums are located within 21 miles of central Doha, Qatar's capital. The full list of World Cup 2022 stadiums is as follows: 

  • Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 
  • Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
  • Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
  • Stadium 974, Doha
  • Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
  • Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 
  • Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
  • Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Who are the favorite to win World Cup 2022? 

There's no exact method to picking the team most likely to win the World Cup. Football is an extremely unpredictable sport and anything can happen during a 90 minute match. Knock-out tournaments like the World Cup are notorious for upsets so the picking the trophies ultimate destination is a thankless task. 

However, right now the favorite appears to be Brazil. The squad has the perfect blend of talent all over the pitch, an experienced manager and big tournament experience. Argentina look like a sure bet to go far, and there's something very romantic about Lionel Messi lifting the ultimate trophy to cap a marvellous career.  France and Spain would be the other two sides that appear, on paper, to have a real shot at World Cup glory. 

The likes of England, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium considered to have an outside chance of winning the whole thing. Although, the Three Lions appear just as likely to fall to an early exit based on the side's recent performances in the UEFA Nation's League. 

Of course, football isn't played on the paper, and the favorites are far from guaranteed to perform. You should expect surprises as there's always a couple of teams that surprise and a few that don't quite measure up to expectations.  

Why is World Cup 2022 being held in the winter?  

The World Cup is traditional held in the Northern Hemisphere summer months, usually in June and July. However because temperatures in Qatar soar to around 106°F during these months, FIFA deemed a summer tournament not viable.  

Instead the World Cup 2022 was moved to November and December. But this has meant that domestic leagues such as the Premier League have been forced to build a lengthy World Cup break into their fixture schedule which could dramatically impact the final league standing next May. 

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