Every four years, the world gathers for the biggest sporting event on Earth. Football. Or football, if you’re in the United States. So you are right to ask how to watch the 2022 World Cup, especially considering the state of the planet, the state of streaming and exactly where the next World Cup will be played.
Here is the offer: 64 men’s matches are played in Qatar, with the winning nation claiming praise for the next four years. Newcomers will have a chance against experienced veterans. There will be upsets. There will be surprises. There will be plenty of goals.
This year’s World Cup is taking place in an interesting part of the world - Qatar. That means it will be relatively warm, with the average temperature in that nation in the mid-1980s in November. Yes, you read that right: the 2022 World Cup doesn’t take place in the northern hemisphere in the summer - it’s on the verge of winter. But it’s Qatar, so things will be warm.
The first match starts at 5:00 ET (Qatar is seven hours off the east coast of the US and 10 hours off the west coast) on Sunday, November 20th. The final match is scheduled for 10:00 ET on Sunday, December 18th.
Anyway, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. And we have answers.
How to play the 2022 World Cup for free
If you are in the United States, you will be able to watch all 64 matches on either Fox or FS1. Both channels are available on every major streaming service in the United States, which is good because it makes it very easy to stream the 2022 World Cup. And it’s a relatively even split, with 35 games on Fox and 29 on FS1.
This is how things go at the major service level. (Please note that the availability of the broadcast - that is, Fox itself - may vary slightly depending on where you live.)
- Hulu with live TV: Fox on air; FS1 available as part of the single plan.
- YouTube TV: Fox on air; FS1 available as part of the single plan.
- Sling TV: Fox on air; FS1 is available on the Sling Blue plane.
- Stream DirecTV: Fox on air; FS1 available for all plans.
- FuboTV: Fox on air; FS1 available for both plans.
Keep in mind that all of these streaming services have free trials, so you can watch the World Cup for free as long as those attempts are active.
Each match will also be available in the Fox Sports app. This method requires a subscription to another service - cable, satellite, or live streaming service. (What you don’t need is that subscription is actually yours.)
Also, every 2022 World Cup match will be available on demand on Tubi - Fox’s advertising-based streaming service - as soon as the game is over, Tubi founder and CEO Farhad Massoudi he said on Twitter. Although it is far from live games, it is definitely better than nothing, especially if you don’t mind seeing commercials.
When does the United States play?
The World Cup pitch is divided into eight groups of four. The United States is in Group B, along with England, Wales and Iran. It’s intriguing for all sorts of reasons. Wales and England are both members of the United Kingdom, of course. And Iran is not exactly on friendly terms with the United States (or the United Kingdom, by the way) - at least in terms of political goals.
Here is the complete program of group games for the USA. All times are Eastern and all three first-round matches will be on Fox, which means they will be available on streaming channels as well as streaming services.
- Monday, November 21: United States Vs. Wales, 2 p.m.
- Friday, November 25: England vs United States, 14.00
- Tuesday, November 29: Iran vs United States, 14.00
Please note that the match against England is Black Friday in the United States. Although it is not an official holiday, it is the biggest shopping day of the year and the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, when many people take an extra day off from work.
“It is fitting that this tournament will take place during the holidays, as the draw was a gift for football fans everywhere, highlighted by [United States men’s national soccer team’s] a comeback and an epic rematch with England, along with so many group stage matches, ”said David Neal, executive producer of the FIFA World Cup on Fox and vice president of production for Fox Sports. “Among the heavyweights who play each other early and have the opportunity to present what could be the last FIFA World Cup for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Fox Sports is honored and delighted to bring our world-class production not only to present the matches, but also offering almost 100 hours of studio shows only on the lines around them. ”
One thing Fox hasn’t mentioned yet is any availability of 4K resolution. Although it’s not a problem, I’ve seen enough football (ahem, football) in 4K to know that you want it if you can get it. Yes, it is extended, but it is only better. Point.
Fox was also one of the few broadcasters to do anything in 4K resolution, so hopefully we’ll be able to watch at least part of the World Cup in 4K. But it is worth remembering that this is not a single (or even weekly) event in Fox’s court. It’s the World Cup, literally on the other side of the world.
Of the five major streaming services, however, only two have any content available in 4K resolution. FuboTV includes the occasional 4K event in its plans, while you need to pay extra for 4K on YouTube TV.
So will we be able to watch the World Cup in 4K or not? Stay tuned.