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How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TV

Not all the matches in the 2022 football World Cup are being broadcast for free on domestic French TV channels.

How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TV
An image of Uruguay's Luis Suarez on a building in Doha on November 13, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

The men’s World Cup in Qatar is now underway, so how can football fans in France watch catch them their on TV?

Broadcast coverage of the football tournament 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 to show 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.

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If you want to follow France then you’re all set – TF1 will broadcast all of the games that play. Les Bleus take on Poland at 4pm on Sunday. 

If you’re supporting other nations then it’s more of a lottery whether they will be available on freeview TV

For this weekend;

USA v Netherlands – Saturday, December 3rd 4pm – beIN Sports 1

Australia v Argentina – Saturday, December 3rd at 8pm – TF1

England v Senegal – Sunday, December 4th at 8pm – TF1

If the match you want is not on terrestrial TV, 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 semi-final or final . . .

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