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World Cup Final: How to Watch, Livestream France vs. Argentina

Morocco and Croatia will also play a day earlier for third place, and you can stream both matches live.

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Peacock Premium: $5
Carries every World Cup game live (Spanish only)
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Sling TV Blue: $40
Carries FS1, plus Fox in limited areas
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Vidgo: $60
Carries Fox and FS1
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YouTube TV: $65
Carries Fox, FS1 and Telemundo
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Hulu with Live TV: $70
Carries Fox, FS1 and Telemundo
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Carries Fox, FS1 and Telemundo in some markets
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France and Argentina are the final two teams standing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

The 35-year-old Lionel Messi converted on a penalty and Julián Álvarez scored twice to lead Argentina over a tough Croatian squad. Messi is one of the greatest players in his generation and is still looking for his elusive first World Cup win. 

Meanwhile, 23-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappé already has a World Cup title on his resume, as he scored in the 2018 Final against Croatia to help France secure the victory. Now he's hoping to lead France to its second consecutive World Cup title. France has already spoiled Morocco's Cinderella run and is looking to close the door on what might be Messi's last chance at World Cup glory.

Meanwhile, Morocco still has a chance to come home finishing third. The upstart Moroccan squad will take on stingy Croatia in the third-place match. That game will take place today, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Fox.

The World Cup Final between Argentina and France will air on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Fox.

Lionel Messi in his Argentina uniform raises two fits in the air.

The legendary Lionel Messi is looking to win his first World Cup against France, the defending champions. 

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What channels do I need to watch the World Cup live?

Fox holds the English-language rights to World Cup games in the US, while NBC-owned Telemundo offers all the games in Spanish. Games in English will air on Fox and FS1, while games in Spanish will be on Telemundo and NBC's Peacock Premium streaming platform.

What's the schedule for the World Cup?

The two semifinals took place on Dec. 13 and 14. The losers of the semifinal games will play in a single game for third place today. The World Cup Final will conclude the tournament on Sunday, Dec. 18. 

Third-place game: Croatia vs. Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Fox and Telemundo/Peacock

World Cup Final: Argentina vs. France, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Fox and Telemundo/Peacock

Click here for the full World Cup schedule.

Can I watch live World Cup matches for free?

Yes, but there's a catch. Many of the live TV streaming services, listed below, allow free trials that would allow you to watch games for free before having to pay for a subscription. 

Peacock aired the first 12 matches of the tournament on its free tier, but you'll now have to upgrade to Peacock Premium in order to catch the remaining games. The broadcasts on Peacock are in Spanish as part of NBC's Spanish-language coverage.

However, you will be able to watch full-length replays of the games in English minutes after they end on the free ad-supported streaming channel Tubi TV. You'll have to sign up for an account on the service in order to get the games, but you won't need a credit card or subscription. 

How can I stream live World Cup games without cable?

A few of the major live TV streaming services carry all of the channels you need to watch every game of the World Cup, but not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries Fox in your area. 

NBC's Telemundo holds the Spanish-language rights to the World Cup. The company is airing all of the World Cup games live in Spanish on its Peacock app. The first 12 games were available on the platform's free tier, but going forward games will stream on its $5-a-month Peacock Premium subscription package. This is the cheapest way to watch games live in the US without cable.

Read our Peacock review.

Vidgo's $60 Plus package has Fox and FS1, so you'll be able to watch the World Cup in English. Spanish speakers should look elsewhere, as it lacks Telemundo.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1 and Telemundo. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes Fox, FS1 and Telemundo. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

DirecTV Stream's basic, $70-a-month package includes Fox, FS1 and Telemundo in some markets. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our DirecTV Stream review.

FuboTV costs $70 per month on its lowest Pro tier, which offers Fox, FS1 and Telemundo.

Read our FuboTV review.

Unlike cable, live TV streaming services allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.