The 2022 World Cup final is so close, we can almost taste it.
The pinnacle of 64 games at the 2022 World Cup, from the heady days of four games a day in the group stage (remember?) to just one set piece of a single game a day for the semi-finals and final. Um, and also the playoffs for third place.
Argentina have already qualified for the final, after beating Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final on Tuesday evening, and they will face the winners of France and Morocco in the semi-final on Wednesday.
The final will be held at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, 15 km north of Doha, and can accommodate 80,000 fans, making it the largest World Cup stadium.
When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup final?
The final will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2022, kicking off at 3:00 PM GMT (Qatar: 6:00 PM, CET: 4:00 PM, EST: 10:00 AM, PDT: 7:00 AM).
2022 World Cup Final: Winner Argentina vs Semi-Final 2, December 18, 3pm GMT
The best ways to watch the 2022 World Cup final
No matter where you are in the world, you want to make sure you’re in front of the best TV to watch football and that you don’t miss any of the action because you’re too late to get the right streaming subscription.
Don’t forget the 2022 World Cup final is free on BBC iPlayer and ITVX in the UK. Brit abroad? Use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 for free (opens in new tab) from anywhere.
How to watch the 2022 World Cup final for free
Both the UK and Australia will broadcast the 2022 World Cup final on free-to-air, with BBC and ITV holding the rights in Britain and SBS broadcasting in Australia.
International World Cup final TV rights
On which channel can the 2022 World Cup be seen?
All games in the UK are on the BBC or ITV.
Fox are the World Cup rights holders in the United States. Games are on Fox or FS1 cable channels.
If you don’t have cable, you can use services like Sling and FuboTV to get the Fox channels. You can also watch the games on Peacock TV with Spanish commentary.
TSN show every game. You can subscribe to direct streaming or get it as part of your cable package.
- TSN (opens in new tab) ($19.99/month or $199.90/year)
As in the UK, coverage of the 2022 World Cup is completely free to watch. You can watch all 64 matches on the SBS TV channel and also stream online with SBS On Demand.
Paid provider Sky Sports is the rightful claimant to the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. You can watch as part of your Sky subscription or pick up a Sky Now TV pass. There is also a 7-day free trial.
Use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 from abroad
If you’re abroad for part or all of the World Cup, your domestic on-demand services annoyingly don’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You’ll be blocked from watching it, which isn’t ideal if you’ve paid for a subscription and still want to see the action without resorting to illegal feeds found on Reddit.
But help is available. To get around that, all you need to do is purchase a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it meets your broadcaster’s terms and conditions. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, meaning the service can’t find out where you are and won’t automatically block the service you paid for. All information that passes between them is fully encrypted – and that’s a result.
There are plenty of cost-effective options available, including:
Best TVs to watch the World Cup on
If you’re currently watching the World Cup and want to get the most out of the experience (it only happens once every four years, after all), we’ve found that some of the best TVs to watch football are currently on sale in the Black Friday too -sale:
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