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It's the biggest tournament in the world, and cord-cutting sports fans can't afford to miss it. That's why we're here to show you how to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without cable. Thanks to over-the-air and online options, you'll be able to watch or stream the World Cup — for free, in many cases — on a bunch of your favorite devices. Sound like something you want to do? Good, then let's get to it. Here's how to watch the 2022 World Cup without cable.

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What channels are World Cup games on?

First things first: what are we trying to watch without cable? Fox has the right to the English-language World Cup broadcasts in 2022, which means that the whole tournament will be aired under their Fox Sports brand. But Fox Sports isn't a channel — it's a brand that Fox uses across multiple networks, including Fox, FS1, and others. So what channels will you actually be tuning into?

The majority of the games, including most of the biggest ones, will be on Fox's parent channel. The rest of the good stuff will be on FS1. As of this writing, there are no games scheduled for FS2 or any of Fox's other properties, so Fox and FS1 are what we're after.

Unless, of course, you want Spanish-language broadcasts. If that's the case, you'll be looking for Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN instead.

Below, we'll tell you how to get all of these channels (Fox, FS1, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN) without cable so that you can watch the World Cup, no cable required.

How to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup online and over the air without cable

To watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup online, you'll need to be able to stream Fox and FS1 (or, if you're looking for Spanish-language content, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN).

Fox is easy for many cord cutters to get: it's a broadcast channel, which means that it's available for free over the air. Telemundo is an over-the-air (OTA) channel, too. We'll talk more about OTA further down our list, but before we get there, there are some other methods we'll be discussing. The services we'll list first will help you get not just Fox and Telemundo, but FS1, NBC Universo, and NBCSN as well. So what are they?

They're called skinny bundles, and they're a type of pay TV service that is making it easier than ever to be a cord cutter. Here's the short version of what's going on: skinny bundles are pay TV services that give their subscribers live streaming TV networks at prices that are lower than cables. You won't have to buy a big, bloated bundle, because skinny bundles, as their name suggests, offer thinned-down channel packages with nothing but the good stuff. And since they stream online, you can watch them on all kinds of different devices (we'll talk more about that after we wrap up our list).

Plus, the services we'll recommend below offer free trials, which means that you can actually stream the World Cup for free online using their services. You'll get to do that for a week, in most cases, before you have to decide what to do.

Stream the 2022 World Cup for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle service from Hulu, which you may already know for its on-demand content (that on-demand content is included in your subscription if you opt for Hulu with Live TV). This live TV streaming services offers streams of Fox, FS1, Telemundo, and NBCSN.

Stream the 2022 World Cup for free with fuboTV

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fuboTV was originally founded as a soccer streaming service, so it's no surprise to see them on this list. While fuboTV has long since relaunched as a more general-interest skinny bundle, it's still a great choice for sports fans and a particularly good choice for soccer fans. You'll find Fox (in select markets), FS1, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN in fuboTV's channel selection.

Stream the 2022 World Cup with Sling TV

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Sling TV is designed to allow you to create your own skinny bundle. Here's how it works: you start with a base bundle, then (if you so desire) add “Extras,” which are small add-on bundles of similar channels grouped together. By allowing you to add a few channels at a time instead of forcing you to climb price ladders to higher-tier bundles, Sling TV makes it more affordable to get exactly the channels you want.

Sling TV's selection of channels includes Fox only in select markets, so you'll probably want to pair this solution with an antenna if you're looking for World Cup coverage. But Sling TV does offer live streams of FS1, Universo, and NBCSN.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T's live TV streaming service was formerly known as DirecTV Now. Whatever you want to call it, it's a good way to catch the action at the 2022 World Cup. AT&T TV Now's channel selection includes live streams of Fox, FS1, Telemundo, and NBCSN.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle. YouTube TV makes a great way to watch the World Cup without cable, because it offers Fox, FS1, Telemundo, Universo, and NBCSN among its live streaming channels.

Free Over-the-Air TV

As longtime readers of Cordcutting.com can tell you, free over-the-air TV is the most powerful cord cutting tool that not enough cord cutters are using. It's possible to watch some of TV's most important and beloved networks for free using an antenna — and, as it happens, that means it's possible to watch the World Cup for free.

Both Fox and Telemundo are broadcast networks, which means that they are broadcast for free over the air in many areas. If you can pick up the signal from your local affiliate stations, you'll be able to watch most of the World Cup, including the biggest and most anticipated match-ups, for free.

Can I Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

One of the great things about skinny bundles is that you can watch them on almost any device. So let's talk about all of the different streaming devices that you can use to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without cable.

If you're a Roku user, you can check out the action on Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have apps for Amazon's Fire TV platform.

If you use Apple TV, you'll be able to fire up apps for each of Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work on Android TV, too.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV support Google's Chromecast platform.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also offer apps for iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as in-browser apps for computers.

Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV even work on Xbox One video game consoles. Hulu works on PlayStation 4, too.

There are also ways to watch your free over-the-air World Cup broadcasts on multiple devices. Check out our posts on OTA DVRs and Plex to learn more about those options.

All in all, it's incredibly easy to watch the World Cup online or over-the-air. You can even stream the World Cup for free while you decide which of the many options is right for you. So why not scroll up and snag some free trials before the action kicks off?

6 thoughts on “How to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Without Cable

  1. Avatar Aaron says:

    Great info here. Sports is the only reason I ever wish I had cable, but it’s never enough to make me want to buy a package. This is helpful information and well put together to help me watch the best sporting event in the world!

    1. Avatar Cordcutting.com says:

      Thanks so much, Aaron! Hope you’ll enjoy the tournament!

  2. Avatar Scott Ward says:

    I don’t care a about streaming live games. I’m fine with watching games later. Where can I do that?

    1. Avatar Cordcutting.com says:

      Each live TV service listed above offers a cloud DVR, so you could consider recording the games.

  3. Avatar Angelina Rivero says:

    Hey! Just an update: for those of you who enjoy watching the World Cup in Spanish, NBC Universo IS actually available on all the same platforms as Telemundo: Sling TV, Hulu TV & PlayStation Vue! The channel name has been updated to “UNIVERSO” so that may be why you’re not finding it.

    UNIVERSO is holding some of the live games on week 3 of the tournament, and they have the re-airs every night starting at 4:30pm, if anyone misses it LIVE in the morning.

    Thanks!
    Angie

    1. Avatar Cordcutting.com says:

      Great! Thanks for your correction, Angelina!

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