- FIFA is holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which makes it the first football World Cup hosted by the Arab world and the first to take place in the northern autumn owing to Qatar’s intense heat and humidity.
- FIFA estimates as many as 5 billion people around the globe may tune in to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
- Depending on which part of the globe you live in, we’ve curated a list of all the best sources to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup online, including free sources.
Football’s biggest tournament in the world—the FIFA World Cup—is played every four years and hosts the top 32 national teams in a monthlong tournament. This time it’s the 22nd edition of the World Cup, set to take place between November 20 to December 18, 2022, in Qatar.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first football World Cup hosted by the Arab world and the first to take place in the northern autumn owing to Qatar’s intense heat and humidity. It will see 32 teams participating for the title, with favorites like Brazil and Argentina all set to take on the current champions, France.
Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino, FIFA president, has estimated 5 billion people around the globe tuning in to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup, making it the most-watched FIFA event in history. Depending on where you live, you can tune in to the official TV broadcaster in your country to enjoy the World Cup 2022 at home.
However, there will be times when you won’t be able to do so. A streaming service comes in handy in such situations, as you can use them to watch the World Cup live from anywhere on practically any device. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the streaming apps and websites hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 so you don’t miss any of the action.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup Live Online
Considering how magnanimous the whole tournament is, there’s no simple solution that fits everyone. So let’s go slowly and tackle things one by one.
First, let’s start with the TV stations. For English-speaking TV in the U.S., Fox or Fox Sports 1 is the channel that broadcasts the tournament. Spanish-speaking viewers in the US can choose between Telemundo and NBC Universo.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, the FIFA World Cup matches will be broadcast on BBC and ITV. In Germany, ARD, ZDF, and Deutsche Telekom will be broadcasting the football world cup matches. Match TV has the official broadcasting rights in Russia, while SBS will telecast the FIFA world cup 2022 in Australia.
In India, Viacom 18’s brand new TV channel, Sports18, has exclusive rights to broadcast the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Now let’s get to the details of the FIFA World Cup online live streaming.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in USA Online
USA’s first encounter in the FIFA World Cup 2022 is scheduled against Wales for November 21, 2022.
Football fans in the US and those supporting the nation can watch the match (along with the rest of the 63 matches in the tournament) online in English on the Fox Sports app and website. Fox Sports is available on both Android and iOS.
To access Fox Sports, though, you’ll need to subscribe to any of the following cord-cutting services in the US: Hulu + Live TV ($70 per month), Sling Blue ($30 per month), and DirecTV Stream ($75 per month).
Spanish speakers can watch FIFA World Cup 2022 live streams online on Telemundo via Peacock. A Peacock Plus subscription, which costs $5 per month, is required to watch the live streams.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Online From Canada
Canada finally ends its 36-year drought in the FIFA World Cup by qualifying for the second time in history. It takes on Belgium in the FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 23, 2022, at the Al Rayyan Stadium, followed by a game against Croatia on November 27th and against Morocco on December 1st.
Canadian fans can catch the live action online on the TSN website and app—available on the Play Store and App Store for Android and iOS users, respectively. But since TSN is a cable channel owned by Bell Media and offers no free trial, you’ll need your cable connection credentials to watch the matches online. Or, if you don’t have one, you’ll need to get a subscription that costs 20 CAD for a month to watch the matches online.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in UK Online
England is all set to kick off its 2022 World Cup campaign with a match against Iran on Sunday, November 21, 2022. And likewise, there’s also Wales, which will be going up against the USA on November 22.
Fans in the UK can catch the live action in English commentary on BBC. The BBC iPlayer app is available on both Android and iOS, which means you can enjoy the games on the go. Similarly, ITVX (formerly ITV Hub) is another way to live stream World Cup matches online in the UK, and it’s also available for both Android and iPhone.
However, a thing to note here is that BBC and ITVX will be live streaming only a few select matches during the tournament, so you’ll need to check which service is live streaming a game ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss the action.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 From Australia Online
Australia continues its World Cup qualifying streak by qualifying for a fifth straight time. The 2022 campaign for Australia begins with a tough one as the team readies to take on France on November 23.
Australian football fans can live stream all 64 matches from the 2022 World Cup via SBS On Demand. It’s completely free and only requires an account to use which you can create for free as well.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in Germany Online
Despite an unfavorable outcome at the World Cup 2018 and an early exit in Euro 2022, Germany still remains among the favorites for the FIFA World Cup. The four-time champions begin their 2022 World Cup campaign on November 23 against Japan.
German supporters and fans can live stream the World Cup 2022 for free on ARD Mediathek and ZDFmediathek & Live TV. Both services will be live streaming 48 out of 64 games in this year’s tournament, including the opening game and all German games in German. ARD Mediathek is available on Android and iOS. Similarly, you can also download the ZDFmediathek & Live TV app on Android and iOS.
Since not all games will be live-streamed, make sure to check both services beforehand to find out which of them is streaming the next game.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Online in India
Football fans in India will be able to live stream all the FIFA World Cup 2022 matches through the Jio Cinema and Jio TV app in five different languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, and Tamil. No subscription/fee is required to access World Cup content on the platform, and you don’t have to be a Jio user either to watch the content on the Jio Cinema app.
Vodafone Idea customers can also use the My Vi app to watch the games live. Alternatively, you can also use the app VI Movies and TV to stream soccer matches for free. It should be noted that Vodafone Idea customers must log in to both apps with their phone numbers and enter the corresponding OTP.
Users of Tata Play (formerly Tata Sky) without access to a TV can use the Tata Play app on Android or iOS or the website on a laptop or desktop. To watch Sports18/Sports18 HD, you will need an active subscription, which starts at Rs 14 per month.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2022 for Free
If you don’t wish to pay for a subscription, you can use a reliable VPN service like Express VPN to tune in to other countries’ live streaming services, such as SBS in Australia and BBC and ITVX in the UK, and watch the 2022 World Cup for free.
Non-English speakers can tune in to the following services to catch the live action:
MYTF1 (Android |iOS)
Stream 28 matches, including all France’s matches
ARD Mediathek (Android |iOS) and ZDFmediathek & Live TV (Android |iOS)
Catch live streams of 48 out of 64 matches, including all Germany games
RTVE (Android | iOS)
Alternatively, another way to catch you can catch your favorite team and players battling it out for the title is a cable TV connection, like we mentioned earlier. Broadcasting rights for the 2022 World Cup differ from country to country, so here’s a quick rundown of the different cable TV networks that will be broadcasting the 22nd edition of the World Cup:
- USA: Fox Sports (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)
- Canada: TSN/TSN 2 and CTV
- UK: BBC and ITV
- Australia: SBS
- Germany: ARD, ZDF, and Deutsche Telekom
- India: Sports 18/Sports 18 HD
FAQs on Watching FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Online
In the US, you can opt for a seven-day free trial of Fubo TV, which includes Fox channels that will stream FIFA world cup matches. The other option is to watch FIFA world cup for free using the Jio Cinema website. Technically, this is only meant for Indian users, and you don't need to have a Jio subscription. But one can use a reliable VPN service like ExpressVPN to watch FIFA matches for free.
Here's what you can do if you are experiencing buffering issues while streaming FIFA World Cup 2022 on Jio Cinema
- Play the livestreaming of the football world cup match on Jio Cinema
- Go to Settings/Subtitles on the app/website and select the cam icon. You need to ensure you are using the latest version of Jio Cinema if this option is not visible
- Click on the extended stadium feed option
This fix has been reported to eliminate lags on Jio Cinema's live streaming of the FIFA World Cup 2022. If it doesn't work, try changing the language and logging into the app/website, if you haven't already.
In the US, you can use NBC's Peacock app to live stream FIFA 2022 matches on mobile for free. The first 12 matches will be available to watch for free on Peacock's free subscription tier. Alternatively, use ExpressVPN and watch all FIFA world cup matches for free on the JioCinema app or SBS app. You can also use the SuperSport app (iOS / Android) to watch all FIFA matches for free on mobile.
Yes, you can watch FIFA world cup 2022 online on YouTube TV if you have a YouTube Red subscription. Fox sports is the official broadcaster so you can watch FIFA matches on YouTube TV with a corresponding Fox subscription.