World Cup 2022: How to watch every game, wherever you are

It’s that time again – the nations of the world will meet at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to decide football’s world champions. If you’re anything like us, you’re already planning your viewing schedule.

World Cup 2022: How to watch every game, wherever you are
Clash in Qatar: Five billion people are estimated to watch the World Cup final. Photo: Getty Images

From Sunday, 20 November until Sunday, 18 December, 32 qualifying teams will meet in Qatar and play games across five cities. The final will take place at Lusail Stadium on 18 December, in front of an estimated worldwide audience of five billion – two billion more than the 2018 final!

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the World Cup to get people to come together. Gathering around the TV with friends, drinks and snacks in hand, wearing your country’s colours with pride. Each game is 90-plus minutes of drama, tension and hopefully elation as goals are sunk into the back of the net.

It gets even better if you can access match broadcasts from your home country. Your favourite commentators can provide the colour and detail that broadcasters in other countries simply can’t match. Many of these broadcasts such as BBC iPlayer and ITV (UK) are even free!

Thankfully, in 2022 we have a simple solution to access your preferred World Cup broadcaster – the VPN. 

What is a VPN? 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a piece of software that is able to change your IP address – essentially, your location on the internet. 

This is important, because due to legal agreements, many broadcasters restrict access to those within a certain geographical region.  

In changing your IP address to one within a specified region, you can bypass these ‘region locks’, as they’re known, and stream video or other media as if you were there. 

Sounds illegal – is it? 

Not at all. There are no laws that forbid the use of a VPN to access streaming media in a different country. 

Indeed, VPNs are big business, with a projected worth of 77 billion USD by 2026. This is because in addition to changing your IP address, VPNs also encrypt your data, providing an additional layer of security, necessary for many environments. 

VPNs are definitely here to stay, and have become a very useful tool for both business and recreational viewing. 

How do I use a VPN?

To use a VPN, set up an account with a provider, like ExpressVPN, and download their app to your mobile device or desktop.

Then, with a click of a button, simply choose the region you want to access content from.

For example, if you want to watch English coverage of the World Cup, select a server located in the UK, click, and voila – you can access BBC iPlayer or ITV’s online broadcasts.

Now you can start streaming the games!

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VPNs work across all of your devices to access content in different parts of the world. Photo: ExpressVPN

How much should I expect to pay for a VPN?

The vast majority of VPN providers offer very reasonable rates to use their services and certainly less than many streaming services. 

ExpressVPN, for example, has a sliding scale – €12.46 for one month, €9.61 per month for a six month plan, and €6.39 for a 12 month plan. The longer your plan, the more you save, and readers of The Local can get the exclusive offer of 3 extra months free on a 12 months subscription.

Many providers, including ExpressVPN, offer money-back guarantees, so if you aren’t completely satisfied with your service within a specified period – usually a month – you can get your money back. 

So where can I watch the games? 

Each country has different broadcasters who have the right to televise games. Many are broadcasting matches free-to-air via a streaming portal, but some do require a paid subscription. 

UKFREE to air through BBC iPlayer and ITV.
AustraliaFREE to air through SBS On Demand.
IrelandFREE to air through RTE.
USA – Subscription via FOX, Telemundo & Peacock.
Canada – Subscription through Bell Media.
GermanyFREE to air through ZDF and ARD, and subscription via MagentaTV.
FranceFREE to air through TFI, and subscription via BeIN Sports.
ItalyFREE to air through RAI.
NetherlandsFREE to air through NOS.
PortugalFREE to air through RTP.
SwedenFREE to air through SVT and 4.
BelgiumFREE to air through RTBF (for French-speakers) and VRT (For Dutch speakers).
DenmarkFREE to air through DR, and subscription via DRTV2.

Will I need any other specialist equipment to watch the games? 

Not at all! You can either connect your laptop to your TV via a HDMI cable, or cast media to your television from your mobile device. Then it’s time to get your friends together, sit back, and enjoy the world’s best teams battling it out in the beautiful game!

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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

The men’s World Cup in Qatar is now underway, so how can football fans in France watch some or all 64 games on TV?

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 in the Middle Eastern nation. 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.

Both broadcasters will screen the opening match of the tournament, between host nation Qatar and Ecuador, on Sunday evening at 5pm. 

Defending champions France will begin their World Cup on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 8pm against Australia. This match, and Les Bleus’ other pool matches against Denmark (Saturday, November 26th at 5pm), and Tunisia (Wednesday, November 30th at 4pm), will be broadcast on free-to-air on TF1.

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TF1 has confirmed it will broadcast the following pool matches:

  • November 20th: Qatar – Ecuador (5pm);
  • November 21st: USA – Wales (8pm);
  • November 22nd: France – Australia (8pm);
  • November 23rd: Belgium – Canada (8pm);
  • November 24th: Brazil – Serbia (8pm);
  • November 25th: England – USA (8pm);
  • November 26th: France – Denmark (5pm); Argentina – Mexico (8pm);
  • November 27th: Belgium – Morocco (2pm); Spain – Germany (8pm);
  • November 28th: Portugal – Uruguay (8pm);
  • November 29th: Iran – USA or Wales – England (8pm);
  • November 30th: Tunisia – France (4pm); Poland – Argentina or Saudi Arabia – Mexico (8pm);
  • December 1st: Japan – Spain or Costa Rica – Germany (8pm);
  • December 2nd: Cameroon – Brazil or Serbia – Switzerland (8pm).

For obvious reasons, the free-to-air broadcaster has not yet confirmed which knockout-phase matches it will screen. But it will follow France as far into the competition as Didier Deschamps’ side will go. Other match choices will be made closer to the time.

England matches will be broadcast on the following channels in France

  • November 21st: England – Iran (beIN Sports);
  • November 25th: England – USA (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 29th: Wales – England (beIN Sports / TF1 to confirm).

Wales matches will be broadcast on the following channels in France

  • November 21st: USA – Wales (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 25th: Wales – Iran (beIN Sports);
  • November 29th: Wales – England (beIN Sports / TF1 to confirm).

USA matches will be broadcast on the following channels in France

  • November 21st: USA – Wales (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 25th: England – USA (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 29th: USA – Iran (beIN Sports / TF1 to confirm).

Australia matches will be broadcast on the following channels in France

  • November 22nd: France – Australia (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 26th: Tunisia – Australia (beIN Sports);
  • November 30th: Australia – Denmark (beIN Sports).

Canada matches will be broadcast on the following channels in France

  • November 23rd: Belgium – Canada (beIN Sports / TF1);
  • November 27th: Croatia – Canada (beIN Sports);
  • December 1st: Canada – Morocco (beIN Sports).

If you want to watch all the matches then you might have to think about a subscription for beIN sports which starts from €15 a month and can be cancelled anytime.

Although many fans will also find streaming sites or use a VPN to be able to watch games on channels such as the BBC.