FIFA World Cup 2022: When Is It Taking Place And How To Watch
For all the sports enthusiasts, a major event is on the horizon: the FIFA World Cup 2022 is knocking on the door and about to bring football fans (or soccer fans, if you’re in the US) around the world intense excitement during the festive season this year. The World Cup will take place in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar between November 20 and December 18, crowning the new world champion a week before Christmas. Find out everything you need to know and how to take part in the spectacle online.
‘Tis the Season: World Cup in December
It’s a first for FIFA, a first for all of us: The World Cup will take place in the fall for us football fans in the Northern Hemisphere. FIFA had to shift the event from its usual schedule in the summer to the end of the year to avoid the intense temperatures in Qatar, which would have made playing football during the summer months impossible.
This means, while it will still be sufficiently warm in Qatar, with temperatures ranging in the mid-20s Celsius; viewers in places like the US or UK will be watching the competition during the cold festive season. This will make for a new and unusual World Cup experience for all of us. The event will kick off on Sunday, November 20, at the Al Bayt Stadium when the hosts play against Ecuador. After all 64 matches have been completed, the winner of the tournament will be crowned on Sunday; December 18, with the finals taking place at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas.
Who will take home the trophy?
France are reigning champions, having won the FIFA World Cup back in 2018. They will be back this year, set on defending the title once again. Will they extend their bragging rights for another four years? It won’t be an easy feat, as many teams are going into the competition as strong contenders. Experts have been watching the teams closely, analyzing their performance; and calculating their prognoses on who will most likely take home the big prize.
Fans who will be watching live and can access a variety of platforms offering sports betting Qatar, which have been reviewed and rated by experts, to place their wagers on their favorite teams. You can also see odds for each team, which get updated constantly to reflect the current state of things. Currently, bookmakers give Brazil the best odds to make it all the way, followed by the defending champions from France. England is ranked as the third favorite for the trophy, with Argentina and Spain completing the top 5. A lot will still happen until the new world champion is crowned, and nothing is certain. As always, there is only one thing that’s certain about the World Cup: there will be plenty of surprises!
How to watch the action unfold online
Are you all hyped up and ready to give that festive season a big amount of football action this year? Then you’re in luck because there are a variety of ways to watch the football action unfold live online. Depending on your location, there will be a dedicated broadcaster showing many or all games on TV. In the US, the event will be televised live on the FOX network; FS1 and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo, while BBC and ITV share the broadcasting rights of the event in the UK.
As to be expected in this day and age, the World Cup will also be streamed online on a variety of streaming services around the globe. Matches will be streamed on the Fox Sports App in the US, the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub will show the matches live online in the UK. Other streaming services showing the event will be fuboTV, SlingTV, and Peacock; with the online services HULU with Live TV and YouTube TV also offering access to FOX. If you’re in none of these locations, but want to access the US or UK stream; you can use a VPN streaming service to spoof your location and access these services.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is around the corner and sports fans are already getting excited about the big event. Who will take home the trophy? Which underdog will surprise us all; and which top candidate will get kicked out much earlier than we would have thought? Follow the big event unfold live online this festive season.