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World Cup 2022: How to watch every game, wherever you are

It’s that time again – the nations of the world will meet at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to decide football’s world champions. If you’re anything like us, you’re already planning your viewing schedule.

World Cup 2022: How to watch every game, wherever you are
Clash in Qatar: Five billion people are estimated to watch the World Cup final. Photo: Getty Images

From Sunday, 20 November until Sunday, 18 December, 32 qualifying teams will meet in Qatar and play games across five cities. The final will take place at Lusail Stadium on 18 December, in front of an estimated worldwide audience of five billion – two billion more than the 2018 final!

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the World Cup to get people to come together. Gathering around the TV with friends, drinks and snacks in hand, wearing your country’s colours with pride. Each game is 90-plus minutes of drama, tension and hopefully elation as goals are sunk into the back of the net.

It gets even better if you can access match broadcasts from your home country. Your favourite commentators can provide the colour and detail that broadcasters in other countries simply can’t match. Many of these broadcasts such as BBC iPlayer and ITV (UK) are even free!

Thankfully, in 2022 we have a simple solution to access your preferred World Cup broadcaster – the VPN. 

What is a VPN? 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a piece of software that is able to change your IP address – essentially, your location on the internet. 

This is important, because due to legal agreements, many broadcasters restrict access to those within a certain geographical region.  

In changing your IP address to one within a specified region, you can bypass these ‘region locks’, as they’re known, and stream video or other media as if you were there. 

Sounds illegal – is it? 

Not at all. There are no laws that forbid the use of a VPN to access streaming media in a different country. 

Indeed, VPNs are big business, with a projected worth of 77 billion USD by 2026. This is because in addition to changing your IP address, VPNs also encrypt your data, providing an additional layer of security, necessary for many environments. 

VPNs are definitely here to stay, and have become a very useful tool for both business and recreational viewing. 

How do I use a VPN?

To use a VPN, set up an account with a provider, like ExpressVPN, and download their app to your mobile device or desktop.

Then, with a click of a button, simply choose the region you want to access content from.

For example, if you want to watch English coverage of the World Cup, select a server located in the UK, click, and voila – you can access BBC iPlayer or ITV’s online broadcasts.

Now you can start streaming the games!

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VPNs work across all of your devices to access content in different parts of the world. Photo: ExpressVPN

How much should I expect to pay for a VPN?

The vast majority of VPN providers offer very reasonable rates to use their services and certainly less than many streaming services. 

ExpressVPN, for example, has a sliding scale – €12.46 for one month, €9.61 per month for a six month plan, and €6.39 for a 12 month plan. The longer your plan, the more you save, and readers of The Local can get the exclusive offer of 3 extra months free on a 12 months subscription.

Many providers, including ExpressVPN, offer money-back guarantees, so if you aren’t completely satisfied with your service within a specified period – usually a month – you can get your money back. 

So where can I watch the games? 

Each country has different broadcasters who have the right to televise games. Many are broadcasting matches free-to-air via a streaming portal, but some do require a paid subscription. 

UKFREE to air through BBC iPlayer and ITV.
AustraliaFREE to air through SBS On Demand.
IrelandFREE to air through RTE.
USA – Subscription via FOX, Telemundo & Peacock.
Canada – Subscription through Bell Media.
GermanyFREE to air through ZDF and ARD, and subscription via MagentaTV.
FranceFREE to air through TFI, and subscription via BeIN Sports.
ItalyFREE to air through RAI.
NetherlandsFREE to air through NOS.
PortugalFREE to air through RTP.
SwedenFREE to air through SVT and 4.
BelgiumFREE to air through RTBF (for French-speakers) and VRT (For Dutch speakers).
DenmarkFREE to air through DR, and subscription via DRTV2.

Will I need any other specialist equipment to watch the games? 

Not at all! You can either connect your laptop to your TV via a HDMI cable, or cast media to your television from your mobile device. Then it’s time to get your friends together, sit back, and enjoy the world’s best teams battling it out in the beautiful game!

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How can I watch the 2022 World Cup on Swedish TV?

The 2022 World Cup is to be held in Qatar, a controversial host which has been criticised for a range of human rights abuses and mistreatment of migrant workers. Sweden has not qualified this year, but here are the details of where you can watch the matches on Swedish TV.

How can I watch the 2022 World Cup on Swedish TV?

When and where is the World Cup taking place?

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will take place from Sunday November 20th until Sunday December 18th.

Thirty-two countries will take part in the tournament – Sweden has not qualified – and there will be a total of 64 matches played.

Matches will be played at either 11am, 2pm, 5pm or 8pm Swedish time.

So, if you’re going to be in Sweden during the World Cup, where can you watch the games?

Where can I watch it on TV?

Coverage of the World Cup in Sweden is split between two broadcasters, who will broadcast 32 games each: free-to-watch public broadcaster SVT and commercial broadcaster TV4 and their paid streaming service C More, with the premiere and the final both shown on TV4/C More.

That means that if you want to stream C More’s matches live or watch on catch-up, you’ll have to fork out for a subscription – starting at 109 kronor per month. If you’re happy watching them live on TV however, you can tune into SVT 1, SVT 2 and TV4 and watch them live for free.

You can see the full list of matches here.

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Will any bars be showing the matches?

Obviously, we can’t list every single bar in Sweden which will be showing the matches, but sports bars, English pubs and Irish bars are likely to be showing the World Cup matches, as well as the O’Leary’s chain of sports bars found in many Swedish cities.

Is there anything else I should know?

Finally, if you are interested in learning about the criticism from human rights groups over the choice to hold the World Cup in Qatar, one recommendation is the (Swedish-language) documentary “Qatar – landet som köpte Fotbolls-VM” (“Qatar – the country which bought the Football World Cup”).

Another recommendation is the Cards of Qatar project by investigative news service Blankspot, telling the story of some of the migrant workers who died in Qatar while getting the country ready for the World Cup.

The stories are told in a football card format, but instead of information about players we get the personal stories of those who left India, Bangladesh and Nepal to work in Qatar but never returned. You can find the project at cardsofqatar.com

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