Fox Announces Broadcast TV Plan for World Cup 2022 Matches
Fox will be telecasting the 35 FIFA World Cup Live Stream matches on its main Fox broadcast network. This includes the 3 U.S. first-round games in Qatar and the entire tournament from quarterfinals to the finals.
The total for the Fox network is lower than 38 during the 2018 championship in Russia. There will be 29 players on the FS1 cable network, which is an improvement of three Fox confirmed Monday.
This year's tournament was moved from the usual June-July timeframe to November. 21 through December. 18 due to the scorching summer temperatures in Qatar. With the NFL being in full swing the four group matches on November. 27, and two round-of-16 games in December. 4 will be broadcast on the FS1 channel. 27 of the FS1 games will be in group phase.
Every match are streamed live through Fox Sports. Fox Sports app. (Full schedule for matches is available here.)
Fox will broadcast the third out of the three World Cups for which it purchased U.S. rights to English-language TV. ESPN and ABC were the only two companies to have U.S. English-language TV rights since 1994 and 2014.
Fox's main channel will broadcast 21 group stage matches as well as six round-of-16 games. In the Fox matches the majority start in the morning at 10:00 a.m. at 11 am. or noon EST. There is one exception to this, the opening match against both the Netherlands and Senegal that starts around 5 a.m. at EST.
The Thanksgiving schedule will include the FS1 doubleheader featuring Switzerland as well as Cameroon starting at 5:30 a.m. ET and South Korea-Uruguay in the 8th minute at 8:30 a.m. at EST. This will be followed by the Fox doubleheader between Portugal and Ghana between Ghana and Portugal at 11:00 a.m. in the EST time zone as well as Brazil-Serbia starting at 2. p.m. at EST.
U.S. games include a Black Friday matchup against England on November. 25. The Americans end the tournament's first day with a match against Scotland, Ukraine or Wales They will also face Iran on November. 29. Every U.S. group games kick off at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The final in Lusail will begin with a start time of 10 a.m. ET, which is an hour later in U.S. time than the 2018 championship game in Moscow. Nine of the 10 World Cup finals from 1978 until 2014 kicked off between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT time zone. The only exception was 2002's final in Japan that began with the start time of 7 a.m. EDT.