Prepare how you will live stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final between reigning champions France and Messi's Argentina ahead of the action
The 2022 World Cup has seen some serious shocks but now only two massive footballing nations remain – and you won’t want to miss a beat of the live action.
After squeezing past England in the quarter-finals, and then Morocco in the semi-finals, reigning champions France will face off against Lionel Messi and Argentina in the World Cup Final on Sunday 18 December at 3pm GMT or 10am ET/7am PT.
The third-place playoff will take place the day before on Saturday 17 December, also at 3pm GMT/10am ET/7am PT, between surprise packages Morocco and Croatia.
In the UK, you can watch the big game live on both BBC and ITV. For football, or rather soccer fans based in the US, you’ll need Fox Sports channels which can be easily found on a streaming service like Hulu + Live TV or SlingTV. Should you be abroad on an early Christmas vacation, you can also access any of the above streaming services using a good VPN, such as ExpressVPN.
There’s nothing quite like the football World Cup: 32 nations and cultures coming together to compete for glory in the most popular sport in the world. Four years ago, the 2018 FIFA competition drew in 3.57 billion viewers – that’s more than half the global population aged four and over. The live final itself gathered 1.12 billion people to watch France beat Croatia and become World champions for the second time. For 2022, FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects even more eyes glued to the action, estimating five billion viewers overall, for what is to be the first ever World Cup held in the Arab world.
Should you wish to join the masses and watch wall-to-wall football over the one-month duration of the World Cup, we’ve got the complete guide for you. Read on for all the dates and times of fixtures, including an exhaustive schedule including every game; details about which country is drawn with who, and most importantly, how you can watch the games wherever you are.
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When is the FIFA World Cup?
Qatar’s intense summer temperatures of between 35C (95F) and 45C (113F) have forced the international men’s tournament to be moved from its regular slot in the June and July months. Instead, all fixtures will be played over a 29-day period from late November to mid-December.
The World Cup 2022 will begin on 20 November with the opening ceremony followed by the opening fixture as hosts Qatar play Ecuador at 7pm local time, or 4pm in the UK. The World Cup final is scheduled for 18 December with all the other key dates listed below.
20 November: World Cup starts
3/6 December: Round of 16
9/10 December: Quarter-finals
13/14 December: Semi-finals
18 December: World Cup final
What happens to the Premier League during the World Cup?
Since the World Cup 2022 is interrupting the usual schedule of the Premier League, Championship and other European football league seasons, this begs the question what will happen to those competitions.
All major leagues will stop for the duration of the World Cup. For the Premier League, the last round of fixtures will be on the weekend of the 12/13 November before resuming again on 26 December for the Boxing Day fixture traditions.
World Cup schedule 2022
In total, there will be 64 matches played over the 28-day World Cup period. That’s 48 matches in the group stage and 16 matches in the knockout rounds. Click here for a full schedule of World Cup 2022 fixtures.
When will the World Cup matches kick off in the UK?
The first two rounds of group fixtures will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm in Qatari local time, which is 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the UK.
Kick-off times for the final round of group games, as well as the subsequent knockout matches, will be at 6pm and 10pm local time (3pm and 7pm UK time).
The final is scheduled to kick off at 6pm local time (3pm UK time).
Below you can find a table of kick off times for a few of the major locations around the world depending on which round of the tournament is currently in progress.
|USA & Canada|
|Group stage only||1pm||5am||10am||9pm||3:30pm|
|Group stage only||4pm||8am||1pm||12am||6:30pm|
|Knockouts only (including the final)||6pm||10am||3pm||2am||8:30pm|
|Group stage only||7pm||11am||4pm||3am||9:30pm|
|Group & Knockouts||10pm||2pm||7pm||6am||12:30am|
Where is the World Cup 2022 taking place?
The World Cup 2022 will be taking place across the country Qatar, a peninsula country on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula that is around half the size of Wales in the UK.
There are eight stadiums in five host cities, but due to the small size of Qatar the furthest distance between cities is just 34 miles (55km). The below graphic highlights the location and size of all the stadiums for the World Cup 2022.
Who qualified for the World Cup 2022?
Out of the 210 FIFA member nations that attempted to get to Qatar, 32 teams were left standing. By region, there are six nations from Asia (AFC), five from Africa (CAF), four from North & Central America (Concacaf), four from South America (CONMEBOL), none from Oceania (OFC) and 13 from Europe (UEFA).
These countries were then placed in pots based on their FIFA world ranking while hosts Qatar were automatically placed in Pot 1. On April 1st 2022, the groups for opening matches of the tournament were drawn, where one team from each pot was placed in a group, and it threw up some interesting match ups.
- Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
See full fixture list here
British-based football fans have a familiar duo of free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage of all matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup: BBC and ITV. Every single World Cup 2022 match can be watched live without you paying a jot. Those fixtures have been divvied up equally between the two networks and you can check which channel has which games, as well as all the important dates and times, by clicking here.
Should you not have a TV with access to the BBC or ITV, you can also stream fixtures online via BBC iPlayer or ITVX (the replacement of ITV Hub coming this Autumn) as well as catch up on highlights and any other World Cup adjacent coverage. These streaming services are available on any device, including mobile phones and smart TVs.
England World Cup 2022 fixtures: Where to watch
As England won Group B, it set up a last-16 match against the runners-up of Group A – Senegal – on Sunday 4 December at 7pm GMT. England came out victorious on the night, winning 3-0, meaning they were to face a quarter-final against France on Saturday 10 December.
Unfortunately for England fans, France were the victorious team on the night, subsequently beating Morocco and earning a place in the World Cup Final.
As with the 2018 World Cup, Fox Sports holds the exclusive English-language rights to show every match of the 2022 World Cup. Those games will be split between Fox and FS1 channels – with 35 matches on Fox and 29 on FS1.
The regular Fox channel is free-to-air across most of the US, meaning those games won’t require any spending on your part. However, for FS1, you’ll need a Fox Sports subscription.
You’ve got a few options to get both channels depending on the service you prefer:
- Hulu With Live TV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available as part of the sole plan.
- Sling TV: Fox on broadcast; FS1 is available on the Sling Blue plan.
- DirecTV Stream: Fox on broadcast; FS1 available on all plans.
Fox Sports will also stream every match via its apps for mobile, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV meaning you can watch all the games even if you are on the move.
The Spanish-language rights in the US are held by Telemundo and therefore, the channel will air all the games in Spanish across the United States. This channel is free and available on all the streaming services mentioned above.
United States World Cup 2022 fixtures: Where to watch
After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the USA Men’s National Team (USMNT) is back and made a strong impact in Qatar ahead of their own joint hosting duties with Mexico and Canada in 2026.
The USMNT qualified for the knockout stages by finishing in second place in Group B meaning they faced The Netherlands in the last-16 round of the competition. Unfortunately, that was the end of the line for the US, as they were beaten 3-1 on the night.
The Netherlands lost in the quarter-final to Argentina on 9 December.
In Canada, the official broadcaster for the World Cup 2022 is Bell Media and The Sports Network (TSN) channels it operates. It will cover the whole competition, including Canada’s games, live in English commentary across its channels TSN and TSN2 channels, which are also available to stream online via laptops and mobile devices.
You can get a TSN subscription for $20 CAD/mth (+ tax), which would cover the whole World Cup if you time it correctly. Equally, you can get a 12 month pass for $200 CAD which is the equivalent of two months free, should you know you want a sports subscription all year round.
Canada World Cup 2022 fixtures: Where to watch
For the first time in 36 years, Canada qualified for the FIFA World Cup after dominating qualification to finish first in the CONCACAF region.
Unfortunately, The Maple Leafs couldn’t make it out of Group F where Morocco and Croatia and their fixtures can be seen below. Still, there are plenty of other World Cup fixtures to follow and you can view the complete full World Cup fixture list by clicking here.
Unfortunately, when you travel abroad, football fans don’t always have the easiest route to watching matches live. For the World Cup 2022, those normally based in Britain will find that access to the BBC or ITV streams are geo-blocked when you try to access them outside the UK. Likewise, fans who usually live in America will find access to their streaming service of choice to be unavailable when in another territory for Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays.
The solution to these problems is to use a good Virtual Private Network software, commonly known as a VPN. Using one will mask your own location, encrypt your data and instead show your device’s IP address to be in whatever location you set it to – in this instance, you’ll want to connect to the place where you have a stream you want to watch like the UK or America. That way, you can bypass those geo-blockers and watch live streams of all the World Cup match-ups you’d otherwise have missed.
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|Sun 20 November|
|Group A||Qatar vs Ecuador||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||4pm||BBC|
|Mon 21 November|
|Group B||England vs Iran||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||BBC|
|Group A||Senegal vs Netherlands||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||4pm||ITV|
|Group B||USA vs Wales||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||7pm||ITV|
|Tues 22 November|
|Group C||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||10am||ITV|
|Group D||Denmark vs Tunisia||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||ITV|
|Group C||Mexico vs Poland||Stadium 974||Doha||4pm||BBC|
|Group D||France vs Australia||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||7pm||BBC|
|Weds 23 November|
|Group F||Morocco vs Croatia||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||10am||ITV|
|Group E||Germany vs Japan||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||ITV|
|Group E||Spain vs Costa Rica||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||4pm||ITV|
|Group F||Belgium vs Canada||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||7pm||BBC|
|Thurs 24 November|
|Group G||Switzerland vs Cameroon||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||10am||ITV|
|Group H||Uruguay vs South Korea||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||BBC|
|Group H||Portugal vs Ghana||Stadium 974||Doha||4pm||ITV|
|Group G||Brazil vs Serbia||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||BBC|
|Fri 25 November|
|Group B||Wales vs Iran||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||10am||BBC|
|Group A||Qatar vs Senegal||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||1pm||BBC|
|Group A||Netherlands vs Ecuador||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||4pm||ITV|
|Group B||England vs USA||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||ITV|
|Sat 26 November|
|Group D||Tunisia vs Australia||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||10am||BBC|
|Group C||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||ITV|
|Group D||France vs Denmark||Stadium 974||Doha||4pm||ITV|
|Group C||Argentina vs Mexico||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||ITV|
|Sun 27 November|
|Group E||Japan vs Costa Rica||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||10am||ITV|
|Group F||Belgium vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||1pm||BBC|
|Group F||Croatia vs Canada||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||4pm||BBC|
|Group E||Spain vs Germany||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||BBC|
|Mon 28 November|
|Group G||Cameroon vs Serbia||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||10am||ITV|
|Group H||South Korea vs Ghana||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||1pm||BBC|
|Group G||Brazil vs Switzerland||Stadium 974||Doha||4pm||ITV|
|Group H||Portugal vs Uruguay||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||ITV|
|Tues 29 November|
|Group A||Netherlands vs Qatar||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||3pm||ITV|
|Group A||Ecuador vs Senegal||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||ITV|
|Group B||Wales vs England||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||7pm||BBC|
|Group B||Iran vs USA||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||BBC|
|Weds 30 November|
|Group D||Australia vs Denmark||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||3pm||BBC|
|Group D||Tunisia vs France||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC|
|Group C||Poland vs Argentina||Stadium 974||Doha||7pm||BBC|
|Group C||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||BBC|
|Thurs 1 December|
|Group F||Croatia vs Belgium||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC|
|Group F||Canada vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||Al Khor||3pm||BBC|
|Group E||Costa Rica vs Germany||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||ITV|
|Group E||Japan vs Spain||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||7pm||ITV|
|Fri 2 December|
|Group H||South Korea vs Portugal||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC|
|Group H||Ghana vs Uruguay||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||3pm||BBC|
|Group G||Serbia vs Switzerland||Stadium 974||Doha||7pm||ITV|
|Group G||Cameroon vs Brazil||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||ITV|
|Round of 16|
|Sat 3 December|
|49||Netherlands vs USA||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC|
|50||Argentina vs Australia||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Al Rayyan||7pm||BBC|
|Sun 4 December|
|52||France vs Poland||Al Thumama Stadium||Doha||3pm||BBC|
|51||England vs Senegal||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||ITV|
|Mon 5 December|
|53||Japan vs Croatia||Al Janoub Stadium||Al Wakrah||3pm||BBC|
|54||Brazil vs South Korea||Stadium 974||Doha||7pm||ITV|
|Tues 6 December|
|55||Morocco vs Spain||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||ITV|
|56||Portugal vs Switzerland||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||ITV|
|Fri 9 December|
|58||Croatia vs Brazil||Education City Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC|
|57||Netherlands vs Argentina||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||3pm||BBC|
|Sat 10 December|
|60||Morocco vs Portugal||Al Thumama Stadium||Doha||3pm||ITV|
|59||England vs France||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||ITV|
|Tues 13 December|
|61||Argentina vs Croatia||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||7pm||ITV|
|Weds 14 December|
|62||France vs Morocco||Al Bayt Stadium||Al Khor||7pm||BBC|
|Sat 17 December|
|63||Morocco vs Croatia||Khalifa International Stadium||Al Rayyan||3pm||BBC & ITV|
|Sun 18 December|
|64||Argentina vs France||Lusail Iconic Stadium||Lusail||3pm||BBC & ITV|