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Here's how to watch the World Cup on your mobile device

Cord-cutters have a few options for tuning into the global tournament.

Published onNovember 18, 2022

The world’s best soccer teams are converging on Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18, 2022. The international championship will feature 64 games, and, as always, massive audiences will tune in to the televised event. But what about cord-cutters? How can you watch the World Cup on your mobile device?

It used to be hard to watch live sports through streaming services, but now there are plenty of options online whether you have a pay-TV subscription or not. We’ll walk you through the various ways to watch the World Cup on mobile below.

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The best and easiest way to stream the World Cup is by getting a subscription to any of the streaming services that are hosting it, or to download the Fox Sports app if you are already a cable subscriber. Then, just tune into any of the games you're interested in live.


The Fox Sports app

FIFA World Cup

Fox is hosting all 64 matches of the tournament, so you can catch those on cable split across the Fox and FS1 channels. That’s not so helpful if you’re trying to stream from a mobile device or another connected screen though.

No worries. If you have a cable subscription that includes Fox, you can download the Fox Sports app to your iPhone or Android device. It’s also available on Apple TV, Roku, Sling TV, XBOX, Google Chromecast, FireTV, and Android TV. To use the app, you’ll need to log in with your pay-TV credentials.

From there, you can stream all the games live using the app.

Live TV streamers

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For the true cord-cutters out there, you’ll likely want a solution that doesn’t require a pay-TV account. There are plenty of options there too.

All of the major live tv streaming services carry Fox, so you can easily log in and watch games there.

Those services include the following:

  • Fubo
  • Sling
  • YouTube TV
  • Hulu Plus Live TV
  • DirectTV

Related: The best live TV streaming services

One streamer offering coverage of all 64 World Cup games alongside Fox is Peacock. While other streamers need to offer the games via Fox, Peacock is in a unique position. Fox carries the rights to the games in English, but Telemundo has the Spanish rights, and since Telemundo and Peacock are both subsidiaries of NBCUniversal, Peacock subscribers can follow the World Cup there, albeit only in Spanish.

Free streaming highlights

Your last option for watching the World Cup on your mobile device may be a bit underwhelming for a lot of people, but it’s worth including here.

If you’re not looking for full coverage or don’t need to watch games live, you can also catch up with game highlights and commentary for free on Tubi and the Fox Sports YouTube channel. There, you can get daily updates and see some standout moments throughout the World Cup.

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Fox has the English-language rights to the World Cup while Telemundo has the Spanish-language rights.

Yes, the Fox sports app allows viewers to watch live games, but you need to be a pay-TV subscriber to log in.

Yes, Fox is available through live TV streaming apps.

No. The Fox channel remains separate from the Disney deal, so it has no affiliation with those apps.

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