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The FIFA World Cup is the biggest tournament in the world, and cord-cutting sports fans can’t afford to miss it. Thanks to over-the-air and the proliferation of streaming service options, you’ll be able to watch or stream the World Cup — for free, in many cases — on a bunch of your favorite devices. The previous World Cup Champions, France, has a lot of major competition to overcome to pull a back-to-back victory. Will someone dethrone them as the top dog? Keep your finger right on the pulse of all the action by following our guide to watching the 2022 World Cup without cable below!

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the World Cup:

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When Are the World Cup Games?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is now in the elimination stage. Here are the upcoming matchups and when you can find each one:

Round Matchup Date/Time
Quarterfinals Coatia vs. Brazil December 9 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
Quarterfinals Netherlands vs. Argentina December 9 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Quarterfinals Morocco vs. Portugal December 10 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
Quarterfinals England vs. France December 10 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Semifinals TBD vs. TBD December 13 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Semifinals TBD vs. TBD December 14 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Third place playoff TBD vs. TBD December 17 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
Final TBD vs. TBD December 18 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT

How to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Online and Over the Air Without Cable

FOX has the rights to the English-language World Cup broadcasts in 2022, which means the whole tournament will be aired under the Fox Sports brand. But Fox Sports isn’t a channel — it’s a brand Fox uses across multiple networks, including FOX, FS1, and others. Most games, including most of the biggest ones, will be on FOX’s main channel, but the rest will be on FS1. If you want Spanish-language broadcasts, you’ll need Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN instead.

Stream the 2022 World Cup with DIRECTV STREAM

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DIRECTV STREAM has gone by too many names to list, but it's a good way to catch the 2022 World Cup — no matter what you call it. DIRECTV STREAM's cost is also reasonable compared to cable and satellite.

Stream the 2022 World Cup for Free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is the skinny-bundle service from Hulu, which is already well known for its on-demand content (which is included in your subscription if you opt for Hulu + Live TV.) This live TV streaming service offers streams of FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and NBCSN, making it an excellent choice for both English- and Spanish-speaking soccer fans.

Stream the 2022 World Cup for Free with fuboTV

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Streaming service fuboTV was founded on broadcasting soccer matches, so it’s no surprise to see it on this list. It has long since relaunched as a more general-interest streaming service, but it’s still a great choice for sports fans — especially 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’s channel selection includes FOX only in select markets, so you’ll probably want to pair it with an antenna if you're looking for World Cup coverage. Sling TV does offer livestreams of FS1, NBC Universo, and NBCSN, though.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV, Google’s streaming service, is a great way to watch the World Cup without cable because it offers FOX, FS1, Telemundo, NBC Universo, and NBCSN among its available channels.

Free Over-the-Air TV

Both FOX and Telemundo are broadcast networks, which means 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 matchups — 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. This chart covers all the streaming devices you can use to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup without cable.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
browser
DIRECTV STREAM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

There Are Many Ways to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Without Cable

Whether you’re subscribing to a streaming service or watching free over-the-air TV, there are several avenues available to see the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament without paying for cable. All that’s left to do is choose one!

If you’re still craving more soccer, we’ve got you covered. Our guide to streaming soccer as a cord-cutter can help you watch club soccer and international matchups from all over the world. We’ve also written a complete guide to watching the Premier League online.

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

  1. 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. Cordcutting.com says:

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

  2. 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. Cordcutting.com says:

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

      1. Allis says:

        Thank you for being the first website to answer what is likely most Americans’ real question, considering that the vast majority of these games are being played during most people’s work time.

    2. Brian says:

      I’ve read that replays will be on Tubi

    3. Anonymous says:

      Tubi

  3. 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. Cordcutting.com says:

      Great! Thanks for your correction, Angelina!

  4. Thai Nguyen says:

    So excited for the World Cup coming up. Hope regular Fox channel will show most games. Otherwise, have to rely on Spanish Channels. Go Argentina and USA!!

  5. Sheila says:

    Can I watch 2022 FIFA Worldcup on YouTube TV using the Chromecast device?

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