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Every four years one of the biggest sporting events in the world takes place: the FIFA World Cup. While soccer, or football as most fans outside of the US refer to it, may not, historically, be the most popular sport in the United States, Americans are slowly catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to loving the sport. Given the increasing popularity of the game, you may be wondering how and where to stream the World Cup 2022.

What is the World Cup?

The World Cup is the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world and is played by men’s national teams from across the globe. It is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, with billions of people tuning in, and it only occurs once every four years. When the World Cup is being played, fans travel from across the globe to watch their favorite teams play regardless of the location of the matches. The last World Cup played was in Russia in 2018, when France bested Croatia 4-2 to take home the title.

The 2022 World Cup will be hosted in Qatar starting in November and culminating with the final match on December 18. Not only is this a unique location, it’s an interesting time of year. For the first time the World Cup will not be taking place during the summer in the northern hemisphere. In fact, it’s going to be played on the verge of winter. Due to the incredibly hot summers in this desert climate, Qatar committed to hosting in November and December when temperatures are in the 70 to 80℉ (21-27℃) range as opposed to averaging around 100℉ in July.

Who is Playing?

The World Cup consists of teams from six international zones: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America. Hundreds of teams compete for the opportunity to play in the World Cup; in fact, 211 total teams began the qualification process for the 2022 World Cup. The actual process for qualifying for the World Cup is highly complicated and happens over the course of several years. After years of games and countless rounds, however, only a lucky 32 make it to the actual competition. Those 32 teams are then broken into eight groups of four teams. Below are the initial groups with their respective teams:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia
  • Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

This year 64 matches will be played from November 20th – December 18th. That means 48 matches in the initial group stage followed by 16 knockout rounds. Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which lasts 12 days. From there, winners and runners-up move forward to the knockout round of 16.

With so many matches to watch each day, you’ll want to be prepared to stream the biggest sporting event of the year and not miss any of the action.

How to Stream the World Cup

If you’re trying to stream the World Cup in the United States, you’ll have to watch via Fox Sports, which owns the exclusive English-language rights to the 2022 World Cup. That means every game in the tournament will be shown on either Fox or Fox Sport 1 (FS1). Fox will air 35 matches, and FS1 will offer the remaining 29. Fox Sports will be broadcasting the World Cup Live, and you can catch games on most live TV streaming services. Both Fox and FS1 are available on most streaming platforms available in the United States. Here’s how that shakes out:

  • DirecTV Stream: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available on all subscriptions.
  • FuboTV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available on all subscriptions.
  • Hulu With Live TV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available as part of separate subscription.
  • Sling TV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available on the Sling Blue subscription.
  • YouTube TV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available as part of separate subscription.
  • Fox TV Everywhere App: You can access every game on the go through your TV service subscription with providers such as Xfinity, Spectrum, Fios and Cox Contour TV.

While all of the above streaming platforms are paid services, they each offer free trials. So as long as your trial is active, you can stream the World Cup. Other streaming services, such as Peacock and Vidgo, also provide access to live streams for subscribers. For Spanish speakers, there is also Telemundo, the provider that holds exclusive Spanish-language rights in the United States. Telemundo is free and available on most major streaming services. 

The World Cup is set to be the most viewed sporting event of 2022. While it may be tempting to stream from lesser known sites, it’s not worth the risk to watch your favorite teams on unvetted or illegal sites. Before streaming, check out StreamSafely’s tips and tricks for keeping yourself, your family, and your devices safe when viewing all of the matches.  The best way to stream the most exciting sporting events of the year is to do it safely!

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