The most widely viewed sporting event in the world returns when 32 teams compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Founded in 1930, World Cup is the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world. The tournament takes place every four years, excluding 1942 and 1946, due to World War II. The international event has been hosted in 17 countries since its inception with Qatar hosting for the first time this year.
The 2022 World Cup will begin on Sunday, November 20, and conclude on Sunday, December 18. Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar will host the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador and the final match of the tournament.
On the first day of the tournament, Qatar was easily defeated 2-0 by Ecuador. The shutouts continued on Day 2 after the Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0. Team USA tied wells 1-1 and England routed Iran 6-2. As Day 3 rolls on, Saudi Arabia may have the biggest upset of the tournament after defeating Argentina 2-1. France has continued their dominance after defeating Australia 4-1. Denmark-Tunisia and Mexico-Poland both ended in a draw.
Day 4 began with a draw between Morocco and Croatia at Al Bayt Stadium with 59,407 in attendance. Germany was defeated by Japan and Spain routed Costa Rica 7-0. And Belgium beat Canada 1-0.
Check out all of the 2022 World Cup venues in the chart below.
2022 World Cup Venues
Lusail Iconic Stadium
Al Bayt Stadium
Al Janoub Stadium
Al Thumama Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium
Education City Stadium
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
22 Fast Facts About the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar is the smallest country to host the World Cup
First World Cup in a Middle Eastern Country
First World Cup to not be held in May, June, or July
Last World Cup to involve 32 teams (Increases to 48 teams in 2026)
Second World Cup to be held entirely in Asia ( the 2002 World Cup was held in Japan and South Korea)
Qatar spent $200 billion in infrastructure to prepare for the games.
8 stadiums will host the games which are the fewest of any World Cup
7 of the 8 stadiums were newly constructed for the games
The sole existing stadium was renovated
First-ever Winter World Cup
For the first time, four World Cup matches will take place on Thanksgiving
Quadruple-header on Black Friday for the first time
Due to Qatar's extreme daytime heat, this is the first time a host country will have fully air-conditioned stadiums
A trio of women will make history as the first females to referee a men's World Cup
The trailblazing referees are Stephanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
Russia is banned from this year's tournament following its invasion of Ukraine
"Hayya Hayya" by Trinidad Cardona, Davido, & Aisha is the official song of the 2022 World Cup
"Hayya Hayya" means "Better Together"
Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 and Brazil is the only country to have qualified for every Wolrd Cup
Squad Up: Teams are composed of a 26-man roster instead of the usual 23
This year is the 22nd edition of the tournament
2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Groups
Qatar is playing in the World Cup for the first time and they're the AFC Asian Cup winners. Since they're the host country, they qualified for the tournament. While Qatar is in, Italy is the biggest name missing from this year's event. Italy, who has won the second most World Cup, failed to qualify in 2018 ad was upset by North Macedonia in March, which is why they won't be participating this year.
Some of the biggest stars of the sport could be competing at their last World Cup. Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), 35 and 37, respectively, could be entering their last tournament, or the last one in their primes.
Led by superstars Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema, France will be defending their crown after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With 16 appearances, France has two World Cup championships, winning their first one in 1998.
Below is the full list of the 32 countries competing at the World Cup.
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
Find out how to watch all of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the full schedule of matches, below.
How to Watch 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
FOX and FS1 will be home to all of the action in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Most streaming services offer both networks and you can find out how to stream the tournament, below.
Catch live action from Qatar at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Fox by watching with an antenna. AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to see what channels carry Fox in your area with an antenna.
Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Live on Hulu + Live TV
For $69.99 per month, Hulu + Live TV is the best way to watch all of the action in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The streaming service includes Fox, FS1, and over 75 channels. The service also includes the Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Live on DIRECTV STREAM
For $69.99 per month, DIRECTV STREAM's Entertainment package includes live FIFA World Cup games that air on Fox and FS1. The plan includes over 75 channels and unlimited DVR storage, and there are no hidden fees, or required annual contracts.
With DIRECTV STREAM users get a 5-day free trial, and for a limited time, new subscribers can save $40 across two months.
For $69.99 per month, subscribers can watch live World Cup matches on FOX, and FS1 on fuboTV with their Pro plan. The sports-first streaming offers over 100 channels with their Pro plan, which includes over 100 sporting events, the ability to watch on unlimited screens, and 1000 hours of DVR space, which means you can record and rewatch your favorite shows and all of this year's games.
For $40/month, subscribers to Sling Blue can watch live World Cup matches in Qatar on Fox, and FS1, and over 40 channels. The service includes 50 hours of DVR storage so you will be able to relive your favorite moments and shows.
Subscribers to YouTube TV are able to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup live on Fox and FS1 for $64.99 per month. The streaming service has over 85 channels, users can stream up to 3 devices simultaneously, and it includes unlimited DVR so you can record every game and more.