The FIFA World Cup is less than a month away, and the excitement has reached fever pitch. For the first time in history, the tournament will be held in winter from November 20 to December 18. However, despite the World Cup schedule that affects leagues worldwide, the World Cup is expected to attract record visitors and viewership.
The last World Cup held in Russia had a viewership of 3.5 billion. However, FIFA expects that record to be smashed, with an expected five billion people tuning in to watch the spectacle. This means that every two out of five people will watch the World Cup. So, thus the battle for broadcasting rights has been challenging. Top broadcasters have shelled out enormous sums of money to get the rights.
So, where can you watch the FIFA World Cup? We explain.
France World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
France head into the World Cup looking to defend their title with a formidable squad. And Les Bleus fans can watch their team’s campaign on Qatari-owned beIN Sports and French television market TF1. Both these television networks have the license for television and online streaming. The radio rights of the tournament are with Radio France, RTL, and RMC.
Germany World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
The 2014 World Cup champions could become the joint-most successful team in the World Cup if they go all the way in Qatar. For fans supporting Die Mannschaft, there are two options: ARD and ZDF getting rights for television, radio, and online streaming. However, for fans looking to stream on television, ARD and ZDF have also given licenses to Telekom Deutschland GMBH.
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Italy World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Since winning the FIFA World Cup in 2006, Italy went out in the group stages in 2010 and 2014 and failed to qualify for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Therefore, it is a disappointment for the gli Azzurri fans will be able to enjoy the World Cup experience on RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, which have the rights to television, radio and online streaming.
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Netherlands World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
After missing out in 2018, the Oranje are back at the World Cup. The rights for World Cup broadcasting in the nation have been acquired by European Broadcasting Union public broadcaster NOS – Stichting Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.
Portugal World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
This is Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup, and he has a brilliant star cast around him that can help him win the World Cup. For fans in Portugal, the rights for television and online streaming have been brought by RTP – Radio e Televisao de Portugal and European Broadcasting Union. The radio rights are with FIFA Radio Noticias and Radio Renascenca.
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Spain World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
La Furia Roja ruled the footballing world, winning three consecutive tournaments between 2008-2012. And now they will be looking to win their second World Cup. Mediapro and RTVE have brought the rights for World Cup in the nation for television, radio and online streaming. However, FIFA has also given radio broadcasting rights to Cadena COPE, Cadena SER, Radio Marca, and Radio Nacional de Espana (RNE).
United Kingdom World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Will it finally come home? England has had one of their best squads in recent years, reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of the 2020 Euro. BBC and ITV have acquired the rights to the World Cup for television, radio, and online streaming. In addition, FIFA has also sold rights to talkSPORT for radio and online streaming.
Nigeria World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
African powerhouses Nigeria will not feature in the World Cup as they failed to qualify. However, they have some of the biggest fans of the game of football and will nonetheless watch the tournament. The tournament will be broadcasted on SuperSport International, which has television and online streaming rights. Meanwhile, New World T.V. (Free to Air) has the rights to television, radio and online streaming. BBC Radio Sub-Sahara and Radio France International have radio broadcasting rights.
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Senegal World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Like Nigeria, SuperSport International has television and online streaming rights for the World Cup in Senegal. In addition, New World T.V. (Free to Air) will also have television, radio and online streaming rights. RTS Senegal will also get the feed from New World T.V. to broadcast the match on television, radio, and online. BBC Radio Sub-Sahara and Radio France International have radio broadcasting rights.
India World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
There is only one sole broadcaster in India, as Viacom 18 has purchased the broadcasting rights for all the platforms. The broadcaster already has the exclusive rights to broadcast La Liga, and with the World Cup, its viewership is bound to increase. Viacom also has the rights to broadcast matches in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
Qatar World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
The sole broadcaster of the World Cup has been brought by beIN Sports, the nation’s very own broadcaster. BeIN Sports will broadcast the match in Iraq, Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, and Syria.
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USA World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
The United States will perhaps send their best team to the 2022 World Cup. And fans of the national team can watch their matches on FOX Network, which has brought television, radio and online streaming. In addition, Spanish broadcasting on television and online streaming is available on Telemundo, while radio rights have been given to Futbol de Primera.
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Canada World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Canada are going to their first World Cup after 36 years and has a team capable of surprising any team on their day. CTV Television Network has acquired all the rights to broadcast the World Cup in the country on television, radio and online streaming.
Brazil World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
The most successful nation in the World Cup, Brazil, are one of the favourites to win the title in Qatar. Globo has acquired the rights to broadcast the tournament for television, radio and online streaming. Globo has, in turn, sold radio rights to nine different broadcasters.
Argentina World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Just like Cristiano Ronaldo, it is also the World Cup for Lionel Messi, which means the broadcasting rights in Argentina were coveted very much. In the end, TyC Sports got the broadcasting rights for the World Cup. TyC Sports have, in turn, licensed these rights to Television Publica. (all rights). DirecTV Latin America (all rights), and Tele Red Imagen S.A. (all rights except radio).
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Uruguay World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
Just like Argentina, TyC Sports got the broadcasting rights for the World Cup in Uruguay. They have also licensed these rights to 12 broadcasters, such as Canal 4 T.V., DirecTV Latin America, SAETA, and Teledoce.
Australia World Cup 2022 TV schedule – dates and times
The Aussies have qualified for their consecutive World Cup in Qatar. And in the land down under, the SBS Network has brought all the rights to broadcast the World Cup. In addition, FIFA has also granted SEN Sports Radio radio broadcasting rights.