How to Watch the World Cup 2022

Soccer returns to the world’s stage as Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. All matches will air live on FOX and FS1, and we’ve researched and tested the best services for tuning in.

Editor’s choice

Hulu + Live TV

Price: $69.99–$75.99/mo.

World Cup channels: FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and Universo

DVR storage: Unlimited (for 9 mos.)

Free trial: N/A

Cheapest en Español

Peacock

Price: $4.99–$9.99/mo.

World Cup channels: Telemundo

Free trial: N/A

Best for full game replays

Tubi

Price: Free

World Cup content: Every 2022 World Cup game on-demand after it airs

Free trial: N/A

Best for World Cup archive

FIFA+

Price: Free

World Cup content: Full match replays of past World Cup tournaments

Free trial: N/A

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When it comes to soccer, there’s nothing more important than the FIFA World Cup. The 2022 edition will see 32 national teams face off for a chance to become world champions. It all begins on November 20 in Qatar, and you can watch every game live on FOX and Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

France is the defending champion, having gone all the way in 2018. But the 2022 tournament is noteworthy to stateside fans for the return of Canada and the US.

No matter who you’re cheering for, the World Cup is bound to contain surprises and heartbreak. To experience all the emotions, we outlined the best viewing options—including a couple of free services.

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What channels are World Cup games on?

All 64 FIFA World Cup matches will air on FOX and FS1 for English-language coverage. Telemundo and Universo will also broadcast every game with Spanish-language commentary.

Most of the tournament’s marquee matchups will air on FOX and Telemundo, including the World Cup Final on December 18, 2022. But we outlined each channel’s game count in the table below for a better look at the coverage you’ll score.

English-language channels Spanish-language channels
  • FOX (35 games)
  • FS1 (29 games)
  • Telemundo (56 games)
  • Universo (8 games)

Anyone with an existing TV plan that includes FOX and FS1 can stream games live through the Fox Sports app. You can also catch full match replays on Tubi, plus exclusive pre- and post-match coverage on Twitter.

If you want Spanish-language coverage on the go, you can stream Telemundo and Universo live through the Telemundo Deportes app. Peacock will also host live and on-demand Telemundo games in its TPlus hub that launches this fall.

World Cup schedule: Key dates and channels

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off on November 20, with host nation Qatar facing off against Ecuador. Following the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage with hopes of reaching the final on December 18.

Event Start date English channels Spanish channels
World Cup Draw April 1, 2022 FS1 Telemundo
Group Stage November 20, 2022 FOX, FS1 Telemundo, Universo
Knockout Stage December 3, 2022 FOX, FS1 Telemundo
World Cup Final December 18, 2022 FOX Telemundo

Best TV providers for World Cup games

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Editor’s choice: Hulu + Live TV

Price:
$69.99–$75.99/mo.
World Cup channels:
FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and Universo
Features:
Unlimited cloud DVR storage and 75+ channels

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Pros

  • Every 2022 World Cup game
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • ESPN+ and Disney+ bundle included

Cons

  • Small sports channel lineup
  • Only 2 simultaneous streams allowed

Hulu + Live TV is our favorite service for watching the World Cup. Its plans start at $69.99 a month and include FOX, FS1, and Telemundo. If you prefer complete Spanish-language coverage, you can get Universo in the Español Add-on for an additional $4.99 a month.

The great thing about the World Cup is that it’s just under a month long. That means you can sign up for Hulu + Live TV on the tournament’s first game day and cancel after the final without paying for another month of service.

While fuboTV and YouTube TV offer similar coverage, we gravitate toward Hulu + Live TV because it includes ESPN+ at no extra cost. ESPN+ is one of our favorite streaming services for sports because it carries many soccer leagues like the German Bundesliga, MLS, and La Liga. It also broadcasts ESPN FC, a daily studio show dedicated to the beautiful game.

Overall, Hulu + Live TV is home to a lot of sports coverage—especially when you add ESPN+ into the mix. This holiday season will have a lot of major sports in action, so Hulu + Live TV is a great way to watch not only the World Cup but also NBA, NFL, and NHL matchups.

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Cheapest en Español: Peacock

Price:
$4.99–$9.99/mo.
World Cup channels:
Telemundo
Features:
Exclusive sports coverage and next-day access to current NBC shows with Premium plan

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Due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads (Peacock channels, events, and a few shows and movies).

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Exclusive NBCUniversal content
  • Large on-demand library of shows and movies

Cons

  • Only Spanish-language World Cup broadcasts
  • Limited original content

Peacock is the Spanish-language streaming destination for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Starting this fall, premium subscribers can access live and on-demand Telemundo-produced content. That means every World Cup match airing live on Telemundo will also stream live on Peacock.

If you’re like us, you might already have one of Peacock’s premium plans for watching the Premier League. That makes Peacock a convenient service for soccer fans looking to watch the World Cup.

Even if you’re not an existing subscriber, Peacock Premium ($4.99 a month) is the most inexpensive way to watch a majority of the World Cup. Sure, you won’t get the eight games that air on Universo. But paying less than $6.00 to watch 56 live games is a steal—especially when you add in Peacock’s hundreds of on-demand shows and movies.

Of course, Peacock might not be the way to go if you haven’t brushed up on your Spanish-listening skills lately. But you can always mute Peacock and stream a separate commentary track on another device. talkSPORT is an excellent source for alternate live English-language commentary.

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Best for full game replays: Tubi

Price:
Free
World Cup content:
Every 2022 World Cup game on-demand after it airs
Features:
100+ live channels and 40,000+ on-demand episodes and movies

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Every 2022 World Cup game on demand
  • Free access w/ no sign up required
  • Large on-demand library of shows and movies

Cons

  • No live World Cup games
  • Max resolution of 720p
  • Lackluster interface

Like many other free streaming services, Tubi has an immense library of ad-supported content that mixes popular titles with low-budget fare. Tubi is especially advantageous because it also offers on-demand viewing of select Fox Sports programming.

Like with the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Tubi will host every match of the 2022 World Cup in its on-demand library. It’s a great way to access every FOX and FS1 game after the final whistle without signing up for any TV service.

Because of the Qatar time difference, every World Cup match this year airs during the day in the US. If you have work, school, or other daytime commitments, Tubi is a great way to catch up with your favorite teams later in the day. And you don’t have to pay a single cent.

Of course, free access does come with a couple of limitations. For starters, Tubi’s content is ad-supported. But the service at least positions its ad breaks before kickoff and at halftime—giving you complete, uninterrupted 45-minute halves of soccer.

The other—and more annoying—limitation is that Tubi only streams in a maximum resolution of 720p. That’s fine for phones and tablets, but watching soccer at 720p on a big screen TV is hard on the eyes.

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Best for World Cup archive: FIFA Plus

Price:
Free
World Cup content:
Full match replays of past World Cup tournaments
Features:
On-demand series and documentaries, select live domestic league games

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Extensive World Cup archive
  • Free access w/ no sign up required
  • Many language options

Cons

  • No live World Cup matches
  • Poor device availability
  • Some regionally restricted content

FIFA+ is a new streaming service that FIFA launched earlier this year to bring free soccer content to the world. It has original docuseries, live matches, and the most extensive World Cup archive available to the public.

You won’t be able to watch the Qatar World Cup live. But having access to an on-demand library of past tournaments is really cool. When we first downloaded FIFA+, we immediately started binge-watching clips and highlights of games featuring soccer legends like Pelé, Diego Maradona, Mia Hamm, and Marta.

FIFA+ is the perfect way to prep yourself for the next chapter in World Cup history. It’s also a great companion for soccer fans in general—offering daily news and match data from over 400 competitions worldwide.

Because of how new it is, FIFA+ is not available across a wide range of devices. But you can download the app for your phone or tablet from the Google Play and iOS storefronts.

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How to watch the World Cup for free

Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($56.23–one-time purchase)
World Cup channels:
FOX, Telemundo
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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As we outlined above, Tubi and FIFA+ offer free World Cup coverage. But the two streaming services won’t get you live matchups from the 2022 tournament. Still, it’s possible to watch live games for free. All you require is an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

With FOX broadcasting the World Cup, you can watch 35 matches live on TV with an antenna. You just need to reside within the range of a FOX network affiliate.

Telemundo is also accessible via antenna—giving you 56 live World Cup matches with Spanish-language commentary. But there aren’t as many Telemundo stations scattered across the US as with FOX.

If you don’t already have an antenna, we recommend checking out the Mohu Leaf 50 ($57.62 on Amazon*). The one-time purchase has a 60-mile range and an attached amplifier for better reception. But you can always scope out more antenna options on our Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters page.

While most quality antennas cost between $20 and $60, we first recommend punching your zip code on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Reception Map Tool to see which channels are available in your area. This information will help you determine what range you’ll need from an antenna.

Final take

You’ll need live access to FOX and FS1 to watch every 2022 FIFA World Cup match. Most TV providers offer the two channels, but Hulu + Live TV (starting at $69.99 a month) is our preferred service because it comes with unlimited cloud DVR space and ESPN+ for added soccer content.

Because of the time difference between the US and Qatar, it might be difficult for most people to catch live World Cup games during the week. Luckily, Tubi offers free full game replays of every World Cup game—allowing you to forgo signing up for any TV plan. If that’s the route you choose, you can still catch the most important games from the final rounds live by tuning in to FOX with an OTA antenna.

If you prefer watching Spanish-language coverage, Telemundo and Universo are the two World Cup channels you’ll need. Hulu + Live TV with the Español Add-on ($4.99 a month) will get you both channels. But you can also stream every Telemundo game live on Peacock (starting at $4.99 a month). It’s an inexpensive way to watch most World Cup matchups while also having access to many hit movies and TV shows.

Finally, there’s also FIFA+ for those wanting to watch World Cup games from past tournaments. The streaming service is completely free and has every World Cup match ever recorded on camera. It’s the perfect way to prep for what Qatar has in store for soccer this year.

How to watch the World Cup FAQ

Can I watch the World Cup on YouTube TV?

Yes, you can watch every match of the 2022 World Cup on YouTube TV. The live TV streaming service carries FOX, FS1, and Telemundo in its base plan ($64.99/mo.). Plus, you can get Universo with the Spanish Plus add-on ($14.99/mo.)

Can I watch the World Cup online?

Yes, you can watch World Cup matches online with any live TV streaming service that carries FOX and FS1. If you have an existing cable or satellite TV plan with those channels, you can also stream games online by signing into the Fox Sports app.

Does ESPN show the World Cup?

No, ESPN doesn’t show World Cup matches. The World Cup broadcasting rights in the US will remain with Fox Sports and Telemundo through at least the 2026 tournament.

Where can I watch the FIFA Club World Cup?

The FIFA Club World Cup is on hiatus following the COVID-19 pandemic. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino has plans to expand the club tournament once it eventually returns.

Methodology

Our soccer experts spent over 12 hours of hands-on testing and research to determine the best ways to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We first examined which services carry World Cup channels and content before deciding on our viewing recommendations. Ultimately, we chose our favorite services based on game counts, pricing, and additional sports coverage.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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