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Don’t Miss On The Action: How To Watch The World Cup 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022 by Simon Poljsak

Don’t Miss On The Action: How To Watch The World Cup 2022

On November 20th, the eyes of the world will be turned to Qatar for the start of the World Cup 2022. The World Cup is a global extravaganza, an international showcase of athletic skill, strategy and heroic feats that keeps people from around the globe spellbound. The pulse of the world both quickens and stops as matches take place, and the pride of nations roars up as entire countries cheer their teams on.

How to Watch the World Cup 2022

Every four years, the World Cup arrives on the grand international stage and captivates audiences everywhere. There will be plenty of action, as 64 games will be played including the World Cup championship match. 

Because these events feature star athletes and the hopes and dreams of each representative nation ride on the results, the entire event makes for compelling watching. Depending on where in the world you are located, there are different options to watch the World Cup 2022.

How to Watch the World Cup in Malta

Residents of Malta can watch world cup 2022 live on the new sports channel introduced by national broadcaster TVM. The TVMSport+ channel broadcasts a number of live sporting events and will feature the World Cup 2022 this year. All of the basic TV packages will include this channel, which will appear as Channel 110 on Melita.

How to Watch the World Cup If You Are Living Overseas

If you live overseas or will be traveling in foreign countries during November and December, you’ll have to choose from different networks for your World Cup coverage. Each of the major countries has its own media rights deals that give primary coverage to one or two networks, depending on language. Some media choices are well-known, and in other cases there are some lesser-known options that will grant you access to the World Cup viewing.

United Kingdom

You’ll be able to view the live World Cup events on the free-to-air BBC and ITV networks. The matches have been divided up between the two services equally. If you don’t have a TV available with access to those networks, you can watch world cup on phone or your laptop by streaming the event using the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub.

United States

Fox Sports holds the English-language media rights to the World Cup matches in the United States. In addition to cable subscription, coverage will also be offered on SlingTV, Fubo, Vidgo and Peacock as well as streaming platforms such as Roku. Spanish-language World Cup live broadcasts will be handled by Telemundo. 

European Union

Different countries will offer coverage on their own specific major networks. For instance, in France you can tune in via TF1. For Germany, choose ARD and ZDF. In Spain, coverage will be via Mediaset Espana.

Canada

The Canadian broadcaster for the upcoming World Cup matches is Bell Media and their associated The Sports Network (TSN) channels. A TSN subscription is around $20 CAD per month, plus tax.

Other Countries and Options

If you are in Australia during the upcoming World Cup, you can tune in via the free-to-air broadcasts on SBS. There are also lesser-known alternatives, such as using the video-on-demand service Voot.

When Is the World Cup Scheduled For?

If you are looking for when does the world cup start, the opening match will kick off in Qatar on Sunday, November 20th. In honor of the host country, it will feature Qatar versus Ecuador, both part of Group A. The initial stages of the competition focus on the eight groups of four. For the first 12 days, there will be four matches played each day.

The group winners and the runners-up then move onto the round of 16, which will be played on Saturday December 3rd to Tuesday December 6th. Quarter finals occur on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th. On December 13th and 14th, the semifinals take place, and a third-place consolation match is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th. The World Cup final will take place at Lusail Iconic Stadium on Sunday, December 17th.

What Time Are the World Cup Games?

The opening match on Sunday, November 20th will take place at 8PM Malta time. Monday the 21st will see matches at 2PM, 5PM and 8PM. From there until November 28th, the live Group round events will be at 11AM, 2PM, 5PM and 8PM daily. Beginning on November 29th, the schedule will change to feature four matches per day, with two at 4PM and the other two at 8PM.

The 4PM and 8PM schedule will extend through the Round of 16, but with only two matches per day due to the reduced field. The same timing will apply to the Quarterfinals on Friday and Saturday December 9th and 10th. Once we get to the Semi-finals, the matches will be at 8PM. The third place play off and the World Cup Finals will both air at 4PM.

Who Are the Favorites to Win the World Cup?

Brazil leads the field as the World Cup favorite, with recent odds at 4/1. Reigning World Cup title holder France comes in as the second favorite at 6/1. They are closely followed by Argentina at 6.5/1 and England with 7/1 odds. Spain rounds out the top 5 at 8/1.

**All times are in GMT+1 timezone**

Simon Poljsak

Simon Poljsak

Senior Manager - Fixed Services & TV Business development

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