The World Cup TV Schedule Is Here
Replace the batteries in your TV remote, set your alarm for way-too-early a.m. and get ready to watch the best month of sports of the year as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch World Cup 2022 in the United States. To get more news about Bdlive, you can visit bdlive.vn official website.
This year’s World Cup has a few firsts making this viewing experience unique: It’s the first World Cup held in the Middle East, and it’s the first World Cup held in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. This means matches will kick off quite early in the morning for most Americans, with 5 a.m. ET matches for the first eight days of the tournament (that’s 2 a.m. PT). Fortunately for U.S. men’s national team fans, every group-stage match for Gregg Berhalter’s Americans will kick off at 2 p.m. ET. The earliest a USMNT game could be is 10 a.m. ET in the knockout rounds.
In brief, you can watch the World Cup in English on either Fox or FS1, with Telemundo and Universo airing the matches in Spanish. Fox Sports App will stream matches in English; Peacock will stream most matches in Spanish. Additionally, streaming services like fubo, Sling TV and YouTube TV offer the channels airing the matches.
On the English side of things, Fox will air 35 matches while FS1 will air 29. Big Fox will air every USMNT game with one possible exception: If the U.S. finishes second in Group B, FS1 will air its Round of 16 match because it would take place on a Sunday and Fox is prioritizing the NFL. The World Cup TV schedule is subject to change, but it’s unlikely Fox will replace NFL with soccer, as it hasn’t scheduled any Sunday matches on Fox except for the final. Fox is even refusing to air Mexico-Argentina, one of the biggest group-stage matches of the tournament for an American audience, on Fox, putting its college football product ahead of El Tri.
Fox has promised 98 hours of studio programming, including daily one-hour pregame shows plus buffer programming between matches and at least 30 minutes of postgame for USMNT games. Additionally, World Cup Tonight will air at midnight across the country (regardless of time zone) on Fox to recap the day’s events. In all, Fox networks plan to air 226 hours of World Cup coverage.
Fox will announce the lineup of broadcasters it will use in the summer. You can expect all the regular Fox soccer announcers — Alexi Lalas, Rob Stone, Stu Holden, John Strong, etc. — to be involved. Fox has not yet said if its studio productions will be broadcast from Qatar or back in Stateside or if its match announcers will be on location, a studio in the U.S. or a mix of both. Fox had a team in Russia four years ago when the U.S. didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but most of the match announcers called the games from a studio in Los Angeles.
In Spanish, Telemundo will air every match except for the simultaneous kickoffs to end the group stage. In those cases, Universo will air the other match. (All of the simultaneous kickoff TV channels are subject to change based on matchups.)The tournament is broken down into two phases: group stage and knockout stage. The 32 participating nations have been divided into eight groups of four, with each team playing every team in its group once (three matches). The top two teams from each group (16 in all) advance to single-elimination knockout matches until a champion is crowned. During the group stage, matches will be played at 5 a.m., 8 a.m. 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. ET. Knockout round matches are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET. The final on Dec. 18 will kick off at 10 a.m. ET.
For the first time since 2002 when the defending champion opened the tournament, the host nation is not playing the first game of the World Cup. FIFA has condensed the schedule into the shortest World Cup since the tournament was increased to 32 teams, meaning more matches have been squeezed into a smaller window. The 2018 World Cup was four days longer.