This Sunday, Nov. 20, the FIFA World Cup 2022 begins. The World Cup usually takes place in June and July, but this edition of the international soccer tournament, which happens every four years, will take place in Qatar, where summer temperatures are too hot for players and spectators alike.
Over the course of a month, in 64 exciting matches, teams from 32 countries will compete to determine who is the best in the world. The competition will culminate in a final match on Dec. 18.
To kick off World Cup 2022, hosts Qatar will play Ecuador on Nov. 20. The U.S. team will play its first game of the tournament, against Wales, on Nov. 21. Every U.S. game will air on Fox, but if you want to see other games, you’ll have to look beyond what’s available for free via your over-the-air antenna.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is airing on channels like Fox Sports 1, but if you don’t have cable, catching games on streaming services is your best bet. Here’s how you can watch the World Cup even if you don’t have cable:
Hulu Live TV
If you already have Hulu, you can upgrade to the Live TV option. If you don’t have Hulu, you will have to make an account and then choose one of the Live TV options. There are a few different choices, but the the lowest cost option that will let you watch World Cup 2022 games is a package that bundles Hulu Live TV with ads with Disney+ and ESPN+ with ads for $69.99 a month. You can cancel anytime. If you don’t want ads on your Hulu Live plan, you will have to pay a bit more: $75.99 a month.
To cancel your Hulu after the World Cup, just sign into your account on your desktop or phone, and click “Cancel” under your subscription.
You can watch the FIFA World Cup on YouTube TV, if you sign up for the website’s base plan. It costs $64.99 a month and will give you access to many sports options, including FS1, where the World Cup will air. You will also get Telemundo, ESPN, ESPN2, Golf Channel, NBA TV, NFL Network, TBS and TNT.
You can watch YouTube TV on your television via your Roku, Fire Stick, smart TV or other streaming device. Cancel your plan by going into your account, clicking on “settings,” then “membership.” There you can choose to pause or cancel your plan entirely.
If you have Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, you will be able to watch the first 12 matches of the World Cup for free. There is one catch: Peacock is taking its simulcast from Telemundo Deportes, meaning the announcements will be in Spanish. There are subtitle options on Peacock, but for live TV, it might be tricky.
You will have to upgrade to Peacock Premium to watch the remaining 52 games. Peacock Premium is $4.99 a month, but it’s almost double that amount if you want to watch without ads. To sign up, download the Peacock app via your streaming device. Cancel anytime here.
With Sling TV, you might be able to watch the FIFA World Cup for just $40 a month. A Sling TV Blue subscription comes with many channels, including different Fox channels in 18 different markets. So you need to live in or around these cities to be able to access Fox’s World Cup coverage on Sling TV Blue. Find out if your city is in one of these designated market areas by clicking here.
For $69.99, you can watch the FIFA World Cup and countless other programs on fuboTV. You can even set your DVR and record the games so you never miss a moment of the action. The fuboTV Pro bundle gets you FOX, FS1 and Telemundo (for all the World Cup coverage you desire), as well as ESPN, Big Ten Network and ACC Network. You can also get local channels including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Sign up for fuboTV here and cancel here.
DIRECT TV Stream
DIRECT TV will get you access to the World Cup if you sign up for the Entertainment plan. It’s $79.99 a month, and you can cancel anytime.It comes with FS1 and ESPN, as well as Cloud DVR for easy recording so you can watch the World Cup games on your own schedule.