The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins Sunday, November 20 and ends December 18.
The 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup tournament is happening in Qatar. Soccer fans and cord-cutters in the U.S. have a number of options for watching the international men’s football championship.
What streaming services have the 2022 World Cup?
These TV services are supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices, Apple TV (iOS devices), Chromecast and some compatible Smart TVs.
Note: Sling TV carries FOX in select markets. (See below.)
Where to Watch the World Cup
The 2022 World Cup will rotate its 64 matches between FOX and FS1 (Fox Sports 1) until the conclusion of the tournament. All games will be simulcast on Telemundo with eight matches. The final will also be simulcast on NBC Universo.
Teams participating in the World Cup are divided into 8 groups of four. The United States is in Group B. And every United States game will be broadcast on FOX in the U.S.
But you will likely want more than just coverage of your local FOX station.
Watching some of the greatest, most experienced players go up against up-and-comers in the world of international football consistently delivers upsets and surprises.
And this year, two of the sport’s greatest players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, are expected to appear for their final World Cup.
Messi is returning for his fifth and final World Cup. He leads the Argentina national football team (Group C) in caps and goals. Ronaldo is back with the Portugal national football team (Group H) also leading in caps and goals.
The streaming services outlined below let you watch every TV channel you need for World Cup coverage.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) subscribers has local FOX stations, FS1 and a variety of sports channels.
The Entertainment plan has over 75 channels for $69.99 per month. Subscribers can watch TV on up to 20 screens at once.
You get unlimited Cloud DVR for recording sports and TV shows. So if you can’t watch a World Cup match live, you can record it and replay it later. There are more than 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.
Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can use your subscription on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets
Subscriptions run month to month. You can look at the different channel lineups and promotions that are currently being offered.
fuboTV lets you watch the FIFA World Cup on FOX, FS1 and Telemundo when you subscribe to its Pro bundle.
The Pro bundle has more than 140 channels and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
You can watch TV on three screens at once. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. You get a library of on-demand movies, and TV shows.
You can use your subscription on most major streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and a number of Smart TVs.
You can get a free 7-day trial, or look over the channel lineup for your area.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV has coverage of local FOX stations across the U.S.
Hulu Live comes with unlimited Cloud DVR so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu’s channel lineup has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S.
You can look over the channel lineup to see what locals and regional sports networks are available for your area.
Sling TV is an affordable way to live stream the FIFA World Cup on FS1 and FOX.
Sling TV Blue has more than 43 channels, including local FOX stations in 18 TV markets, or “Designated Market Areas.” A subscription is $40 per month.
If you live in or around one of these cities, then you should be able to get FOX and watch the FIFA World Cup using Sling Blue:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- New York
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
- Tampa/St. Petersburg
- Washington, DC
Sling Blue includes AMC, History, and NFL Network. An on-demand library is included in each bundle. The Sling Orange plan has ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, A&E, History and TNT for $40 per month. Sling Orange has about 31 channels total.
Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR. With Sling Orange, you can watch TV on one screen at a time.
You can use your subscription on Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One and AirTV Player. When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.
If you prepay for two months, you can get a free streaming device. There is no obligation to keep your subscription after that.
YouTube TV is another option for watching the FIFA World Cup without a cable or satellite TV service.
A subscription to the Base plan costs $64.99 per month, and carries local FOX stations, FS1 and Telemundo. ESPN, ESPN2, Golf Channel, NBA TV, NFL Network, TBS and TNT are included in the base channel plan.
The YouTube Base plan lets you watch TV on three screens at once. You can use your subscription on Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Smart TVs powered by Android TV and Google TV.
You can check out the latest offer YouTube TV is making to new and returning customers.
Vidgo supports watching the FIFA World Cup on FS1 and FOX. This TV service has more than 110 channels in its lineup.
Subscribers can stream on up to three screens at once. You can use your subscription on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. A subscription costs $59.95 per month. You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
Peacock (Spanish-language option)
Peacock subscribers can stream every World Cup match live in Spanish.
Parent company, NBCUniversal, will be taking its simulcast produced by Telemundo Deportes and making it available on Peacock. The first 12 matches of the World Cup will be available for free. But after Nov. 24, the remaining 52 matches will be available on the Peacock Premium plan.
The Premium plan costs $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. Peacock streams live Notre Dame football games during the college football season. You can stream Peacock on up to three screens at once.
How to Watch The FIFA World Cup for Free
There are three ways to watch the World Cup for free in 2022.
1) Tubi, the free, ad-supported streaming service, will stream all 64 games on-demand during the tournament. Tubi has already launched a dedicated 2022 FIFA World Cup channel with highlights, original programming and former World Cup matches.
2) DIRECTV STREAM, fubo TV and YouTubeTV all offer free trials that last for about a week or less. Just make sure you cancel before the free trial ends if you don’t want to keep the service and get billed.
3) FOX and Telemundo are broadcast channels, so you can watch them for free using a TV antenna.
A TV antenna can deliver a better picture than a cable subscription. Broadcasts from local towers are transmitting signals that are far less compressed HD quality.
You will notice quite a difference in picture quality once you set up your TV antenna and scan for channels. Once the series is over, you can keep watching those channels for free.
Here are a few guides to get you started with using your own TV antenna:
- Review: The Best TV Antenna
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
How to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without cable FAQs
These are common questions from soccer fans who want to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without a TV provider.
What is the FIFA World Cup Schedule?
The group stage matches runs from November 21 to December 2. The Round of 16 is December 3rd to 6th.
Quarter-finals run December 9 and 10. Semi-finals are December 13 and 14. The final is on December 18. (This schedule will be updated after the group stage matches.)
|DATE||TIME (ET)||MATCH||TV CHANNEL||SIMULCAST|
|Sunday, November 20,||11:00 AM||Qatar vs. Ecuador||FS1||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 21,||8:00 AM||England vs. Iran||FS1||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 21,||11:00 AM||Senegal vs. Netherlands||FOX||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 21,||2:00 PM||USA vs. Wales||FOX||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 22,||5:00 AM||Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 22,||8:00 AM||Denmark vs. Tunisia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 22,||11:00 AM||Mexico vs. Poland||FOX||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 22,||2:00 PM||France vs. Australia||FOX||Telemundo|
|Wednesday, November 23,||5:00 AM||Morocco vs. Croatia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Wednesday, November 23,||8:00 AM||Germany vs. Japan||FS1||Telemundo|
|Wednesday, November 23,||11:00 AM||Spain vs. Costa Rica||FOX||Telemundo|
|Wednesday, November 23,||2:00 PM||Belgium vs. Canada||FOX||Telemundo|
|Thursday, November 24,||5:00 AM||Switzerland vs. Cameroon||FS1||Telemundo|
|Thursday, November 24,||8:00 AM||Uruguay vs. Korea Republic||FS1||Telemundo|
|Thursday, November 24,||11:00 AM||Portugal vs. Ghana||FOX||Telemundo|
|Thursday, November 24,||2:00 PM||Brazil vs. Serbia||FOX||Telemundo|
|Friday, November 25,||5:00 AM||Wales vs. Iran||FS1||Telemundo|
|Friday, November 25,||8:00 AM||Qatar vs. Senegal||FS1||Telemundo|
|Friday, November 25,||11:00 AM||Netherlands vs. Ecuador||FOX||Telemundo|
|Friday, November 25,||2:00 PM||England vs. USA||FOX||Telemundo|
|Saturday, November 26,||5:00 AM||Tunisia vs. Australia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Saturday, November 26,||8:00 AM||Poland vs. Saudi Arabia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Saturday, November 26,||11:00 AM||France vs. Denmark||FS1||Telemundo|
|Saturday, November 26,||2:00 PM||Argentina vs. Mexico||FS1||Telemundo|
|Sunday, November 27,||5:00 AM||Japan vs. Costa Rica||FS1||Telemundo|
|Sunday, November 27,||8:00 AM||Belgium vs. Morocco||FS1||Telemundo|
|Sunday, November 27,||11:00 AM||Croatia vs. Canada||FS1||Telemundo|
|Sunday, November 27,||2:00 PM||Spain vs. Germany||FS1||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 28,||5:00 AM||Cameroon vs. Serbia||FS1||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 28,||8:00 AM||Korea Republic vs. Ghana||FS1||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 28,||11:00 AM||Brazil vs. Switzerland||FOX||Telemundo|
|Monday, November 28,||2:00 PM||Portugal vs. Uruguay||FOX||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 29,||10:00 AM||Netherlands vs. Qatar||FOX||NBC Universo|
|Tuesday, November 29,||10:00 AM||Ecuador vs. Senegal||FS1||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 29,||2:00 PM||Iran vs. USA||FOX||Telemundo|
|Tuesday, November 29,||2:00 PM||Wales vs. England||FS1||NBC Universo|
|Wednesday, November 30,||10:00 AM||Tunisia vs. France||FS1||Telemundo|
|Wednesday, November 30,||10:00 AM||Australia vs. Denmark||FS1||NBC Universo|
|Wednesday, November 30,||2:00 PM||Poland vs. Argentina||FOX||NBC Universo|
|Wednesday, November 30,||2:00 PM||Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico||FS1||Telemundo|
|Thursday, December 1,||10:00 AM||Croatia vs. Belgium||FOX||Telemundo|
|Thursday, December 1,||10:00 AM||Canada vs. Morocco||FS1||NBC Universo|
|Thursday, December 1,||2:00 PM||Japan vs. Spain||FOX||Telemundo|
|Thursday, December 1,||2:00 PM||Costa Rica vs. Germany||FS1||NBC Universo|
|Friday, December 2,||10:00 AM||Korea Republic vs. Portugal||FOX||Telemundo|
|Friday, December 2,||10:00 AM||Ghana vs. Uruguay||FS1||NBC Universo|
|Friday, December 2,||2:00 PM||Cameroon vs. Brazil||FOX||Telemundo|
|Friday, December 2,||2:00 PM||Serbia vs. Switzerland||FS1||NBC Universo|
Can I watch the FIFA World Cup on ESPN+ or ESPN?
No. FOX Sports currently has the rights to broadcast the World Cup in 2022. You can watch FOX and FS1 without cable TV using a live TV streaming service. Local FOX and Telemundo broadcasts are available as free over-the-air channels. Tubi will stream all World Cup games on-demand.
How to watch the FIFA World Cup on a Roku or Roku TV
There are two ways you can watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a Roku or Roku TV:
If you own a Roku streaming device, then you can sign up for DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. Tubi will have games on-demand.
If you own a Roku TV, you can connect a TV antenna to the coaxial port in the back of the TV. After hooking up the antenna, scan for over-the-air channels under settings.
Can I watch the FIFA World Cup on an Amazon Fire Stick?
Yes. You can use DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling, YouTube TV to get FOX and FS1 to watch the 2022 World Cup.
How to watch the 2022 World Cup on a Smart TV
Smart TV owners can watch the FIFA World Cup for free on FOX by using a TV antenna. You can also stream World Cup matches on-demand for free through Tubi. TV viewers can also sign up for a TV streaming service that carries FOX and FS1.
How to Watch the 2022 World Cup in 4K
If you have a television that supports 4K, there will be a few options to watch the World Cup in Ultra HD and HDR. FOX says that every match of the World Cup will be shot in 4K with High Dynamic Range.
fubo will have every game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 4K HDR10 resolution. The Pro plan has more than 130 channel including FOX and FS1. YouTube TV has a 4K add-on. The 4K add-on costs $10 per month for the first 12 months. The price increases to $20 per month after that.
The FOX Sports app will stream World Cup games in 4K. But you need a subscription to cable TV, satellite service or a live TV streaming service to activate the FOX Sports app.
*Note: The final will also be broadcast on the Spanish-language channel NBC Universo.
Where is the World Cup opening ceremony?
The opening ceremony is at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor will host the opening ceremony. The opening match is at Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Where is the World Cup being held?
The 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup tournament is happening in Qatar. Some games are happening simultaneously across the 8 stadiums.
- Lusail Iconic Stadium
- Al Bayt Stadium
- Stadium 974
- Al Thumama Stadium
- Khalifa International Stadium
- Education City Stadium
- Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
- Al Janoub Stadium
Out of the 8 stadiums being used, the Lusail Iconic Stadium, located in the capital city of Doha, will be used the most. It will host 10 matches including the final.
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