How to Live Stream World Cup Soccer

Don't miss the most-watched event in the world of sports

A rendering of the 2022 World Cup Finals in Qatar.

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The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest events in the sporting world, dwarfing most other competitions with its massive size and scope. The 2022 World Cup itself will pit the 32 best soccer, or association football, teams against each other in an exciting competition. The qualifying rounds, which narrow a field of over 200 teams down to that final 32, kick off in 2019.

FOX owns the English-language broadcast rights in the United States for the World Cup in 2022, and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Media owns the Spanish-language rights. That means cable and satellite subscribers can live stream the World Cup Finals through the official FOX Sports website, or through the NBC Sports website for the Spanish-language broadcast.

Everyone else can live stream the World Cup Finals through online streaming services like YouTubeTV and fuboTV. For the qualifying rounds, which run from 2019 through 2021, streaming services like fuboTV are a great option.

To live stream World Cup soccer through FOX Sports GO, or a streaming service, all you need is a high speed internet connection, a device like a smartphone or laptop, and the right television streaming app.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup
Qualifying rounds: Begin June 2019 in Asia
World Cup Finals: TBA, 2022
Location: Qatar
Stream: FOX Sports GO

How to Live Stream World Cup Soccer From FOX

Cable and satellite television subscribers have the option to watch the 2022 World Cup Finals on FOX and FS1. But the tournament phase of the World Cup is a massive event, involving 32 teams, packed into fewer than 30 calendar days. Do you really want to spend all that time stuck in front of your television?

FOX Sports GO is an online streaming service that's free if you have a qualifying cable or satellite subscription, and you can use it to live stream the World Cup Finals on your computer, phone, tablet, or game console. The only requirements are a high speed internet connection and a cable subscription that includes FOX and FS1.

The FOX Sports GO website works on Windows, MacOS, and Linux computers and laptops, as long as you use a web browser like Chrome or Firefox that supports streaming. You don't need to download an app, because you can watch the live stream right on the website.

Here's how to watch the World Cup live stream through FOX Sports GO:

  1. Navigate to the FOXSportsGO.com website when the World Cup is on the air. Locate the card labeled World Cup, and click it.

    A screenshot of FOX Sports GO showing the World Cup Finals.
  2. Click TV PROVIDER SIGN IN.

    A screenshot of the Fox Sports Go login page.

    You don't need to sign in with a FOX Sports GO account or social media account, all you have to do is sign in with your TV provider.

  3. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of the FOX Sports GO TV provider selection site.
  4. Log into your cable or satellite account and click Sign In, Log in, or Continue.

    A screenshot of a TV provider login for FOX Sports Go.

    The login page you see will vary depending on your provider, but you will always have to enter your cable or satellite account email and password to log in.

  5. If the World Cup live stream video doesn't automatically open, return to FOXSportsGO.com and click the World Cup card again.

What Streaming Services Include the World Cup Live Stream?

Cord cutters can't use FOX Sports GO, but that doesn't mean they're totally cut off from live streaming World Cup soccer. Instead of using a cable or satellite subscription, cord cutters can watch all of the same action through any television streaming service that includes both FOX and FS1.

Live television streaming services allow you to watch the same live television channels that are normally only available through a cable or satellite subscription. In many cases, these services are also able to provide live streams for local network channels like FOX.

Instead of watching through a cable connection or satellite dish, these services allow you to stream the live video over a high speed internet connection. These services tend to offer more options, and cost less, than traditional cable television. They also have other benefits, like free trials and no long-term contract commitments.

Since the entirety of the World Cup Soccer Finals are broadcast on FOX and FS1, it's important to locate a streaming service that carries both channels. A lot of streaming services include both FOX and FS1, but the availability of FOX is based on your geographic area, and some services provide wider coverage than others.

While FOX has the rights to the World Cup Finals, the World Cup Qualifiers will be broadcast on a variety of sources, including ESPN and beIN Sports. Some matches will even be broadcast on the ESPN+ subscription service, so it's impossible to get 100 percent coverage from a single streaming service for the entire three year schedule of the World Cup Qualifiers.

These are the most popular streaming services that give you access to the World Cup Finals live stream:

  • YouTube TV: This service includes both FOX and FS1. FOX is available in most markets.
  • Hulu with Live TV: This service gives access to FOX and FS1, and they provide FOX in most markets.
  • Sling TV: FOX and FS1 are both included with the Sling Blue plan. This is a decent option, but Sling TV only offers FOX in a limited number of markets.
  • PlayStation Vue: FOX and FS1 are both included with the least expensive package, but this is still a more expensive option than Sling TV, YouTube TV or Hulu with Live TV. There are also some major markets where Vue doesn't provide FOX.
  • fuboTV: This service includes both FOX and FS1 for about the same price as Vue. It's also focused on sports channels, and it includes a lot of international association football games. If you want decent coverage throughout the World Cup qualifying rounds, this is a good option.
  • DirecTV Now: FOX and FS1 are both included in every plan, but this is an even more expensive option than Vue.
  • ESPN+: This streaming service is distinct from ESPN and includes coverage that isn't available on any ESPN channel. Some World Cup qualifier live streams are only available on this service, so keep that in mind in case this service ends up having the rights to matches that involve your favorite team.

All of these services provide some type of free trial, so pick your favorite and you can start live streaming World Cup soccer for free.

Watching World Cup Soccer Live Streams on Mobile, Streaming Device and Consoles

The FOX Sports GO website is primarily designed to work on laptop and desktop computers. You can use it to live stream the World Cup on your Windows, macOS, or Linux computer, but it may not work on your mobile device.

If you want to watch the World Cup live stream on your phone, tablet, or a streaming device like Roku or Apple TV, you need to download the FOX Sports GO app on your device.

This option only works for cable and satellite television subscribers. The FOX Sports GO app only allows you to stream live events like the World Cup Finals if you are able to provide valid login information for a qualifying cable or satellite television subscription. In some cases, you can also use the login information from a streaming service. If that doesn't work, each streaming service listed in the previous section has its own mobile app.

Here are the apps you'll need to watch the World Cup live stream through Fox:

Using Ace Stream to Live Stream World Cup Soccer for Free

If you aren't able to stream the World Cup through any of the official means, or you're having trouble finding a legitimate source for a qualifying match, then Ace Stream is an alternative that's worth looking into. This software allows you to access unofficial streams for sports like the World Cup.

To stream World Cup soccer through Ace Stream, you need to download and install the Ace Stream player. Check our our guide to streaming sports online with Ace Stream if you aren't already familiar with this software.

After you install Ace Stream, you will still need to find a content ID for the game you want to watch. The easiest way to do that is to check online forums like Reddit. For example, the soccer streams subreddit typically includes content IDs and other streams that don't require any additional software.

If you can't find a content ID there, the next best option is to use your favorite search engine. For instance, to find a stream for a World Cup Finals match between France and Croatia, you would search for:

World Cup Finals France Croatia content ID

Ace Stream content IDs are free. Do not pay anyone for a content ID, and be careful when visiting sites that offer content IDs. Don't click on any suspicious links or ads, and consider installing a good ad blocker.

Free Online Sports Websites to Stream World Cup Soccer

If you've tried all the other options, but you're still coming up empty, you may want to check out some websites that aggregate links to unofficial World Cup streams. These are often full of intrusive ads, and the video quality can be quite low, but it's still an option worth considering if nothing else works.

Here are some sites that usually include World Cup qualifier and finals streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

For more information about these websites, check out our full guide to streaming free sports online.

Full 2022 World Cup Qualification and Finals Schedule

The qualification phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in June 2019 with fierce competition in Asia, and it culminates with the tournament phase in 2022.

There's almost too much action for one person to watch over the entire four year cycle, so check this schedule regularly as more information is revealed:

Date Event Location
June 2019 Qualifiers Asia
November - December 2022 World Cup Finals Qatar

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