World Cup Qatar 2022: how to watch, live streams, fixtures, and everything else

Streaming information for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, including how to watch from anywhere and for free

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In just a few days, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick-off, bringing the beautiful game of football – or soccer, if you usually prefer games with oval balls – to screens around the world. Here’s how to watch the World Cup on a live stream from anywhere. This could be very useful if you’re away from home, as live streaming – usually for free – means you can watch the World Cup from anywhere, on any device. 

Why am I telling you this? Well, firstly, with a history of writing about all things football, I've indirectly become's resident expert on the topic. Secondly, it's certain to become one of the most watched events in history, and that's only possible if you know where to find it, wherever you are.

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Heading into the tournament, Senegal and Bayern Munich star, Sadio Mane, picked up an injury earlier this month. He was still named in the squad for the African Cup of Nations winning side, but may miss out on a reunion with former teammate, Virgil Van Dijk, when Senegal face the Netherlands.

Elsewhere, Barcelona striker Memphis Depay was able to return to training this week, suggesting that he may be fit and well to link up with the rest of the Netherlands side. And good news for England fans, James Maddison's suspected injury from the West Ham v Leicester game doesn't look to serious, and should allow the midfielder to join up with the squad as planned.

World Cup 2022: Who's playing first?

The first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will see host nation Qatar take on Ecuador. The game will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, with a capacity crowd of 60,000 expected for the opening of the tournament.

How to Watch the World Cup 2022 for free in the UK

Fans based in the UK can watch every moment of World Cup 2022 action for free. The broadcast rights are shared between BBC and ITV, with the final being shown on both. Oh, and you'll need a TV license.

If you're looking to watch online, you can use BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and ITV Hub (opens in new tab) to stream the games live.

Out of the country right now?

Use ExpressVPN to watch the World Cup 2022 from abroad (opens in new tab)

Fans in England and Wales will be looking to watch their sides progress into the knockout rounds. England fans will be keep to keep up the momentum from their second place finish at Euro 2020. Wales fans will be looking to build on their recent success, too, and take advantage of what is likely to be Gareth Bale's last international tournament.

The two sides go head-to-head on Tuesday November 29th, at 7pm.

How to Watch the World Cup 2022 in the USA

With arguably the best squad in their history, fans in the USA will be eager to keep up with their sides' performance at the World Cup 2022.

Coverage in the USA is split between FOX and Fox Sports 1, with FOX showing all of the knockout games. If you don't have cable TV, there are still options.

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers more than 30 channels including both FOX and FS1. Another option is Fubo TV (opens in new tab), which is more costly, but comes with more than 100 channels, including both FOX and FS1, so you can watch every moment.

If you're out of the country and want to keep up with the action, use ExpressVPN to tune in to the World Cup 2022 from abroad (opens in new tab).

How to Watch the World Cup 2022 for free in Australia

Australia face a tough group, and will need the support of the entire nation to make it into the knockout round. Fortunately, they may get just that, as the entire tournament will be free to view on SBS, and SBS On-Demand (opens in new tab).

Out of the country for the World Cup? Use ExpressVPN to watch SBS (opens in new tab) as if you were at home.

How to watch the World Cup 2022 if you are out of the country

If you find yourself out of the country for the World Cup 2022, you may struggle to watch the tournament via your normal channels. That's because websites can restrict access based on your location. To get around it, you'll need a VPN. We've tested the best VPNs, to help you make the best decision.

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ExpressVPN is our top choice when it comes to pretending you are in a different country, and all the other useful stuff you can do with VPNs. It's got a robust set of security features and there's 3 months free right now, meaning it will cost just £5.83 per month.

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World Cup 2022 Groups

Group A

Group B

Group C
Saudi Arabia

Group D

Group E
Costa Rica

Group F

Group G

Group H
South Korea

World Cup 2022: Ones to Watch

The World Cup is always a hotbed for players from lower ranked nations to shine on a world stage. I've put together a collection of the teams and players to keep an eye out for this winter.

All eyes are on Brazil and Argentina this year, but it would be hasty to rule out their South American neighbours. Uruguay have a strong side that has a great mix of youthful energy and experience. They'll have a tough run to the final, but expect to see them put up a fight.

I have a soft spot for this Wales side. The core of this team has been together for years and that counts for a lot at these tournaments. So often, teams of fantastic footballers can fall apart when tasked with playing with new teammates. Do I expect them to make the final? No, but they could make Group B very interesting.

Group G is a tough one to break out of, but Serbia should have enough about them to reach the knockout round. Once there, the Eastern European side should have the mettle to prove their worth. I wouldn't bet my house on them, but they have an outside chance of doing something special.

Gio Reyna (USA)
At just 20-years old, Giovanni Reyna has already cemented himself in a Borussia Dortmund side that has featured the likes of Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland. He's creative and quick, and will be looking to give defences a problem from the first whistle.

Vitinha (Portugal)
My money is on Portugal being a massive flop this year, particularly with the chaos surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo right now. But Vitinha could get a chance to show off his worth. Since moving to PSG in the summer, Vitinha has had over 93% pass completion and boasts a 100% record in aerial duels. Expect him to rule the centre of the park.

Oliver Giroud (France)
At 36, I wouldn't bank on Giroud starting for France this time out. In fact, given the strength of the French attacking line, he may struggle for minutes at all. But he's a natural-born goalscorer, and the kind of player you want to have lurking on the bench. Drawing with 20 minutes to spare? Throw him up-front and watch the scoreboard change like a cartoon.

Every World Cup 2022 Fixture

Group Stage

Sunday 20th November
Qatar vs Ecuador

Monday 21st November
England vs Iran
Senegal vs Netherlands
United States vs Wales

Tuesday 22nd November
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
Denmark vs Tunisia
Mexico vs Poland
France vs Australia

Wednesday 23rd November
Morocco vs Croatia
Germany vs Japan
Spain vs Costa Rica
Belgium vs Canada

Thursday 24th November
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Uruguay vs South Korea
Portugal vs Ghana
Brazil vs Serbia

Friday 25th November
Wales vs Iran
Qatar vs Senegal
Netherlands vs Ecuador
England vs United States

Saturday 26th November
Tunisia vs Australia
Poland vs Saudi Arabia
France vs Denmark
Argentina vs Mexico

Sunday 27th November
Japan vs Costa Rica
Belgium vs Morocco
Croatia vs Canada
Spain vs Germany

Monday 28th November
Cameroon vs Serbia
South Korea vs Ghana
Brazil vs Switzerland
Portugal vs Uruguay

Tuesday 29th November
Ecuador vs Senegal
Netherlands vs Qatar
Iran vs United States
Wales vs England

Wednesday 30th November
Tunisia vs France
Australia vs Denmark
Poland vs Argentina
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico

Thursday 1st December
Canada vs Morocco
Croatia vs Belgium
Japan vs Spain
Costa Rica vs Germany

Friday 2nd December
Ghana vs Uruguay
South Korea vs Portugal
Serbia vs Switzerland
Cameroon vs Brazil

Knockout Round

Saturday 3rd December
A1 vs B2
C1 vs D2

Sunday 4th December
B1 vs A2
D1 vs C2

Monday 5th December
E1 vs F2
G1 vs H2

Tuesday 6th December
F1 vs E2
H1 vs G2

Quarter Finals

Friday 9th December
Quarter-Final 1
Quarter-Final 2

Saturday 10th December
Quarter-Final 3
Quarter-Final 4

Semi Finals

Tuesday 13th December
Semi-Final 1

Wednesday 14th December
Semi-Final 2

Saturday 17th December
Third-Place Playoff


Sunday 18th December
2022 World Cup Final

Sam Cross
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Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism. With a passion for all things digital, he specialises in mobile phones, wearable technology, smart homes and TVs. Sam is an expert on Apple products, including iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and MacBook's. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, golfer and watch lover.