Now we’ve established that Qatar are probably not going to win World Cup 2022, it’s time to turn our attentions to the serious contenders. We’ve already seen a boatload more goals than yesterday, and Monday’s action isn’t over yet. Read on for the lowdown on the fixtures, kick-off times, players to watch and how to watch World Cup 2022 online with free soccer streams from anywhere today – USA vs Wales is the next game up.
England and Iran kicked off the day’s action at Khalifa International Stadium, before Senegal and the Netherlands took center-stage at Al Thumama Stadium. The USA are up against Wales at the Al Rayyan Stadium at 7pm GMT / 2pm ET.
There’s no getting away from the fact that this stands to be the most uncomfortable World Cup since the last one, but because of football’s convenient knack for sucking you in and drowning out everything else, a stage that was built by migrant workers now belongs to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, panenka merchants, wild-eyed coaches and finance bros in plush suits and thobes. Here we go again!
Follow our guide on how to watch World Cup 2022 on soccer streams in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India. We’ve included free-to-air World Cup coverage, free trials and straightforward instructions on how to use a VPN to live stream World Cup games in any language and location.
Watch World Cup 2022: today’s games
The big guns enter the fray at World Cup 2022 today, with the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Senegal completing the first round of Group A fixtures, sandwiched between a pair of Group B clashes. England beat Iran 6-2 in the first game of the day, and Wales face the USA in the late match.
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How to watch a World Cup 2022 live stream from any country
If you’re abroad and want to watch World Cup 2022 using your usual home coverage, you’ll most likely find yourself geo-blocked. You’ll need to use a VPN to unlock your access.
A VPN is a piece of software that allows you to change your virtual location, which will enable you to tap into a World Cup soccer stream from any country and any streaming service. They’re easy to use and super-secure. We rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN for streaming.
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Watch World Cup 2022 in 4K HDR
The quality at Qatar 2022 is about more than just the fancy footwork and diving contests. The great news is that the 2022 World Cup is set to be broadcast in 4K on several worldwide streaming services.
Those in the UK can watch World Cup 2022 in 4K HDR on BBC iPlayer, free of charge. All of the BBC’s games will be available in top resolution, although from past experience you can expect a bit of a delay on the transmission of about 30 seconds or more. In other words, there’s a chance you’ll hear your neighbours cheering a goal before you see it go in.
In the States, Fox is showing all of the World Cup 2022 games in 4K too but you’ll need to make sure that your streaming service package is 4K-enabled. With FuboTV, for example, that means paying a little more.
India is another place to watch World Cup 2022 in 4K. Plus, you can use the JioCinema (opens in new tab) app to watch for free. Get the full details on watching World Cup 2022 in 4K HDR.
World Cup 2022 TV schedule: times, dates and fixtures
All times are ET. Add 5 hours for GMT, subtract 3 hours for PT.
Tuesday, November 22
5am – Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Denmark vs Tunisia (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Mexico vs Poland (BBC / FOX)
2pm – France vs Australia (BBC / FOX)
Wednesday, November 23
5am – Morocco vs Croatia (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Germany vs Japan (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Spain vs Costa Rica (ITV / FOX)
2pm – Belgium vs Canada (BBC / FOX)
Thursday, November 24
5am – Switzerland vs Cameroon (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Uruguay vs South Korea (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Portugal vs Ghana (ITV / FOX)
2pm – Brazil vs Serbia (BBC / FOX)
Friday, November 25
5am – Wales vs Iran (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Qatar vs Senegal (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Netherlands vs Ecuador (ITV / FOX)
2pm – England vs United States (ITV / FOX)
Saturday, November 26
5am – Tunisia vs Australia (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Poland vs Saudi Arabia (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
11am – France vs Denmark (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
2pm – Argentina vs Mexico (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
Sunday, November 27
5am – Japan vs Costa Rica (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
8am – Belgium vs Morocco (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Croatia vs Canada (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
2pm – Spain vs Germany (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
Monday, November 28
5am – Cameroon vs Serbia (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
8am – South Korea vs Ghana (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
11am – Brazil vs Switzerland (ITV / FOX)
2pm – Portugal vs Uruguay (ITV / FOX)
Tuesday, November 29
10am – Ecuador vs Senegal (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
10am – Netherlands vs Qatar (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
2pm – Iran vs United States (BBC / FOX)
2pm – Wales vs England (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
Wednesday, November 30
10am – Tunisia vs France (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
10am – Australia vs Denmark (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
2pm – Poland vs Argentina (BBC / FOX)
2pm – Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
Thursday, December 1
10am – Canada vs Morocco (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
10am – Croatia vs Belgium (BBC / FOX)
2pm – Japan vs Spain (ITV / FOX)
2pm – Costa Rica vs Germany (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
Friday, December 2
3pm – Ghana vs Uruguay (BBC / FOX)
3pm – South Korea vs Portugal (BBC / FOX Sports 1)
7pm – Serbia vs Switzerland (ITV / FOX Sports 1)
7pm – Cameroon vs Brazil (ITV / FOX)
Saturday, December 3
3pm – A1 vs B2
7pm – C1 vs D2
Sunday, December 4
3pm – B1 vs A2
7pm – D1 vs C2
Monday, December 5
3pm – E1 vs F2
7pm – G1 vs H2
Tuesday, December 6
3pm – F1 vs E2
7pm – H1 vs G2
Friday, December 9
3pm – Quarter-Final 1
7pm – Quarter-Final 2
Saturday, December 10
3pm – Quarter-Final 3
7pm – Quarter-Final 4
Tuesday, December 13
7pm – Semi-Final 1
Wednesday, December 14
7pm – Semi-Final 2
Saturday, December 17
3pm – Third-Place Playoff
Sunday, December 18
3pm – 2022 World Cup Final
World Cup 2022 players to watch
It’s tough for any USMNT player to escape the shadow of Christian Pulisic, but Brenden Aaronson might just be the brightest of the US stars, having earned his stripes in the EPL with Leeds. He’s pacey, inventive and intelligent, and could punish opponents that choose to target the more prominent Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna instead.
Wales with Gareth Bale are the closest thing to a one-man team at the World Cup. Despite being a part-time footballer these days, Bale is the team’s No.1 finisher, crosser, playmaker, set-piece taker and defender, and though he can’t churn up the turf like he used to, he always makes his mark on the big stage. Wales play USA, Iran and England… in that order.
Still only 19 but already well-established as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world, Jude Bellingham may be the answer to one of England’s longest-standing problems. A lack of tactical awareness and/or quality at the center of the park has been the theme of multiple tournament exits, but having honed his craft at one of Germany’s top clubs, Bellingham has more to his game than his predecessors.
A defender at club level and a free-roaming attacker for his country, Alphonso Davies genuinely can do it all, and the greater weight of responsibility afforded to him on international duty tends to bring the best out of him. It’s been 36 years since Canada last made a World Cup, but Davies, along with Cyle Larin and Jonathan David, have turned them into CONCACAF’s biggest force.
Kevin de Bruyne
The best playmaker in the world, Kevin de Bruyne has a knack for always making the right decision, and executing to perfection. His preference for assisting his teammates rather than pulling the trigger himself is his hallmark, but with Romelu Lukaku injured and Eden Hazard out of form, he now has a license to show a little bit of selfishness, which could be to Belgium’s advantage.
Frenkie de Jong
He may be unloved at Barcelona, but Louis van Gaal knows full well that Frenkie de Jong is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. And he can play too. Silky on the ball, tireless off it and tactically brilliant, he’s the beating heart of this Netherlands team, whichever way van Gaal chooses to play him, and could offer the watching world an emphatic reminder of his considerable talents.
The perennial wonderkid, Breel Embolo is no longer a fresh-faced teen but he’s still only 25 years old. He was just 18 when he was burdened with the weight of an entire nation, but now that the fervor has died down somewhat, he may go on to become the player that Swiss fans have always dreamed of. He looked unstoppable at the Euros last summer before his tournament was cut short by injury, and may well take teams by surprise at the World Cup.
Having burst onto the scene with 10 goals for Ajax already this season, Mohammed Kudus only has 16 caps to his name but is suddenly being spoken of as the jewel in the Ghanaian team. It’s not the quantity of his goals that has caught the eye but the sheer jaw-dropping quality of them. Given the choice of tapping the ball into the net or unleashing a belter in off the woodwork, Kudus will choose option two every single time.
Probably the best forward in the world right now, Kylian Mbappe in full flight is one of the most thrilling sights in football. He came of age in Russia four years ago and has been nigh-on unstoppable ever since, and rumor has it that he sees this World Cup as a chance to put himself in the shop window in order to force a PSG exit. His preference for playing alongside Olivier Giroud instead of fellow apex predator Karim Benzema would have given France a major selection headache, were it not for Benzema picking up an injury on the eve of the tournament.
One of the greatest footballers of all time, there’s a sense that the stars have aligned for the little magician at what’s likely to be his last World Cup. He’s fit, back in form and well-rested, and his namesake Lionel Scaloni has got Argentina firing on all cylinders. The team enters the tournament on a 36-game unbeaten run.
His on- and off-field antics make him difficult to stomach, but Neymar remains one of the world’s most entertaining players – when motivated. Despite being just 30-years-old, he’s claimed that this will likely be his final World Cup, and however unlikely that sounds, if that is the case he’ll want to sign off in style, as the key cog in the most formidable attacking unit in international football.
Mr World Cup himself, Guillermo Ochoa is the Mexico national team’s captain, No.1 and, every four years, their saviour between the sticks. Now aged 37, this is likely to be his last World Cup, and El Tri will strive to give their idol, whose performances have merited countless individual awards, the sendoff he deserves.
The goals have dried up for the No.1 international goalscorer of all time, but Cristiano Ronaldo remains one of the most feared attackers on the planet. That interview has done his image no favors and despite his ego, he’s going to have to swallow his pride and become a team player if Portugal are to get the most from this talent-stacked group at what’s sure to be Ronaldo’s final World Cup.
A few years ago Leroy Sane looked destined to become the game-breaking force of nature that Mbappe is now, but after a few seasons in the wilderness, he’s finally got his mojo back. Domestically, he’s on track to register the most productive season of his career, and having club teammates Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller beside him should help him shine.
He may be 35 and no longer playing at the top level, but being a menace has always been Luis Suarez’s biggest asset. This Uruguay squad is built in his image, and as we’ve seen on so many occasions, there are no depths to which Suarez wouldn’t descend to get a competitive advantage.
Robert Lewandowski is still Poland’s main man, but he’s no longer the only man thanks in part to Piotr Zielinski, who’s been one of the best midfielders in Europe over the past couple of seasons. At the age of 28, he’s something of a late bloomer, but it’ll be well worth the wait if he’s able to help the Eagles to the knockouts for the first time in 36 years.
World Cup 2022 group tables