How to watch World Cup 2022 live streams from anywhere in the world

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Ensuring you've got a reliable World Cup 2022 live stream is one of the most important things you can do this winter.

The long-awaited Qatar World Cup begins on November 20, and continues until December 18, with there being as many as four World Cup fixtures a day during the group stage.

With World Cup kick-off times ranging over a nine-hour period, it's unlikely you'll be sat in front of your home television for all of them.

No matter where you are in the world, you'll want to make sure you're sat in front of the best TV for watching football, and don't miss any action because you left it too late to sort out the right streaming subscription.

Remember, the World Cup 2022 is free on BBC iPlayer/ITV Hub in the UK. Brit abroad? Use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 free (opens in new tab) from anywhere.

Today's World Cup 2022 games

Here are today's World Cup fixtures (times in GMT):

3pm: How to watch Netherlands vs Qatar live stream

3pm: How to watch Ecuador vs Senegal live stream

7pm: How to watch Wales vs England live stream

7pm: How to watch Iran vs USA live stream

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Both the UK and Australia will be showing the World Cup on free-to-air channels, with BBC and ITV having the rights in Britain, and SBS showing it in Australia.

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UK: BBC – Half of all World Cup games

In the UK, you can get free access to BBC channels on television and on iPlayer just by confirming you have a TV license.

When you're out of the country, you can still watch the BBC, but you'll need a VPN to access it – FourFourTwo recommends ExpressVPN, which you can get for £5.92 a month, plus three months free (opens in new tab).

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UK: ITV – Half of all World Cup games

UK-dwellers can also access channels on television and online with confirmation of a TV license.

When you're out of the country, you can still watch ITV, but you'll need a VPN to access it – FourFourTwo recommends ExpressVPN, which you can get for £5.92 a month, plus three months free (opens in new tab).

ExpressVPN, which you can get for £5.92 a month, plus three months free (opens in new tab)

Australia: SBS – every World Cup game

SBS is showing every game live in Australia, and setting up an SBS On Demand account is free for those who live Down Under.

When you're out of the country, you can still watch SBS, but you'll need a VPN to access it – FourFourTwo recommends ExpressVPN, which you can get for £5.92 a month, plus three months free (opens in new tab).

International World Cup TV rights

What channel is the World Cup 2022 on?

UK
All of the games in the UK are either on the BBC or ITV.

USA
Fox are the World Cup rights holders in the States. Games are on Fox or FS1 cable channels.

If you don't have cable, you can use services such Sling and FuboTV to get the Fox channels. You can also watch the games on Peacock TV with Spanish commentary.

Canada
TSN is showing every game. You can subscribe for direct streaming or get it as part of your cable package.

  • TSN (opens in new tab) ($19.99/mon or $199.90/year)

Australia
As in the UK, coverage of the World Cup 2022 is entirely free to air. You can watch all 64 games on the SBS TV channel and stream it online too with SBS On Demand.

New Zealand
Paid provider Sky Sports are the World Cup 2022 rights holders in New Zealand. You can watch as part of your Sky subscription of pick up a Sky Now TV pass. There is also a 7-day free trial.

VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 from outside your country

If you’re out of the country for some or all of the World Cup, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there, including:

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Best TVs to watch the World Cup on

If you're currently watching the World Cup and want to make the most of the experience (it only comes around once every four years, after all), we've found that some of the best TVs for watching football are also currently on sale in the Black Friday sales:

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