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World Cup 2022: How to Catch Every Match of FIFA's Biggest Tournament

Team USA needs a win over Iran in today's match to advance to the round of 16. Here's how to watch it and every game of the World Cup.

Team USA needs to find some goals. Coach Gregg Berhalter's team has only managed to score once in two World Cup matches. They played to a 1-1 tie against Wales, followed by a hard-fought 0-0 draw against England in the team's second game of group play. Team USA currently sits in third place in Group B with 2 points. England leads the table with 4 points, followed by Iran with 3. Wales sits in last place with a single point. Team USA can punch their ticket to the round of 16 with a win today over Iran, a team fresh off a victory over Wales.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar -- a controversial choice of host, to say the least -- and pits 32 of the world's best national teams against each other to find out which country can claim soccer superiority for the next four years. This is the first time that the World Cup will be played in November. The competition is usually held every four years during June and July. The decision to alter the schedule was made in order to avoid the brutal midsummer heat of the Middle East. The tournament was also condensed by four days to minimize the midseason disruption, as many domestic leagues around the world are pausing their schedules in order to allow their top players to suit up for their respective national teams.

This marks Team USA's first World Cup appearance since 2014, having failed to qualify for the 2018 competition in Russia. The young group is led by the 24-year-old forward Christian Pulisic, who has scored only once in 12 starts in the Premier League this season for Chelsea. Despite his difficulties at club level, Pulisic notched a hat trick in a World Cup qualifying match against Panama in March. He also assisted on Team USA's lone World Cup goal in their first game against Wales. Pulisic and the rest of the Men's National Team need to step up their offensive output in order to secure a victory against Iran and advance to the round of 16. 

Team USA's win-and-you're-in game against Iran will take place today, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Fox and in Spanish on Telemundo and Peacock. 

Christian Pulisic, in a blue USA jersey, raises his finger in the air.

Christian Pulisic and Team USA played to a 0-0 draw against England on Friday. The team needs a win to advance to the round of 16.

Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

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 and Team USA?

The teams have been split into eight groups of four. They will each play three matches against the other teams in their group. Group winners and runners-up will move on to the elimination round of 16. Those eight matches will be played from Dec. 3 to 6, with the winners moving on to the quarterfinals. There will be four quarterfinal matches played between Dec. 9 and 10, with the semifinals taking place on Dec. 13 and 14. The losers of the semifinal games will play in a single game for third place on Dec. 17. The World Cup Final will conclude the tournament on Dec. 18. 

USA is in Group B along with England, Wales and Iran. Team USA's group stage schedule is as follows: 

  • Game 1: USA vs. Wales, Monday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Fox and Telemundo/Peacock 
  • Game 2: England vs. USA, Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Fox and Telemundo/Peacock
  • Game 3: Iran vs. USA, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. ET (11 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?

Not anymore. 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.

 

Sling's $40-a-month Blue package offers FS1, but carries Fox in only a handful of areas. It also doesn't offer Telemundo. Read our Sling TV 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.

 

Many of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.