The FIFA World Cup is, without a doubt, one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Every year, millions of people all over the planet tune into the event no matter where they are and viewing technology has advanced enough to allow this to happen. With the advent of the internet and subsequent technologies, it has never been easier to be able to watch your favourite sporting event anywhere in the world.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup which was held in Russia garnered a staggering 3.5 billion viewers across the globe and it has been projected that the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Doha, Qatar will bring in 5 billion viewers. The question is what options are there for potential viewers to watch the game if they are not physically attending the matches in Qatar? Luckily, there are many different ways to watch the event.

Television and streaming services

The most popular way is to watch it on your TV as there are many sporting channels that will televise the event live. FOX Sports (FOX and FS1) will be broadcasting the event live in English, while Telemundo will syndicate the event to over 100 countries in Spanish.

Streaming services such as Vidgo, Peacock, SlingTV, and Fubo will also be broadcasting the event over a wide variety of platforms, including SmartTV, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Windows, Linux, and macOS. This means that the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be available to anyone that has a working laptop, TV, or mobile device.

If your main device is a laptop, there can be issues with gaining access to watching the game depending on which country you are in as some websites and streaming services may be unavailable in your region. However, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an easy way to get around this issue as it lets you circumnavigate the restrictions of your country by allowing you to connect to a server in another country. VPN services are also available for your iPhone and Android devices.

One important thing to remember is what time the matches are held pertaining to your time zone. This can be easily investigated by a quick check on the internet to let you know when kick-off is in your time region.

Watch the games in public

There will also be many bars and pubs, especially sports-themed ones, that will publicly televise the tournament live and it is a great way to watch the games while enjoying a meal or a beverage. The other option is to create an event at your house and watch the games with your family and friends in the comfort of your own home. Also, keep the weather in mind if this is an option you want to take. The FIFA World Cup usually takes place in June and July but due to the extreme heat in Qatar during those months, the tournament was moved to November, when it is (slightly) cooler.

There will be 64 matches played during the tournament so it is important to keep an eye on the schedule so you know when and what time your team is playing and can adjust your timetable, so you don’t miss out. The last note is that if you are viewing the games on your mobile device, make sure that it is fully charged or have a power bank if you are going to be remote.