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How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TV

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How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TV
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Want to watch the next big football showdown? Not all the matches in the 2022 World Cup are being broadcast for free on domestic French TV channels.


The men's World Cup in Qatar is hotting up, so how can football fans in France watch catch them their on TV?

Broadcast coverage of the football tournament in France is divided between free-to-air TF1 and pay-to-view beIN Sports.


As it has done every tournament since 2014, pay-TV broadcaster beIN is showing every match of the tournament.

The free TF1, meanwhile, is showing a selection of 28 matches, including five of the eight round-of-16 games, three of the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final.

If you want to follow France then you're all set - TF1 will broadcast all of the games that les Bleus play - their next fixture is on Saturday, December 10th at 8pm, when they will take on England. 

TF1 will be showing two of the other three quarter final games which take place on Friday and Saturday, with some placings still to be decided. 

The freeview channel will also be showing both semi finals on December 13th and 14th and the final on Sunday, December 18th.


If the match you want is not on terrestrial TV - or you just want a bit more atmosphere - your best choice is probably to head to a bar - many bars across France are screening all of the matches, and even quiet little cafés have suddenly added a TV screen to their walls.

Official fan zones - where local authorities set up big screens in public squares, usually with a few stalls selling beer and hot dogs as well - are not happening in many French cities after local authorities decided not to set them up in protest at the ethical issues of this World Cup, including the environmental impact and host nation Qatar's record on human rights.

However we wouldn't be surprised if they have a rethink if the French team makes it into the final . . .



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