One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, is set to take place in November and December 2022 and will take place in Qatar. The 2022 FIFA World Cup marks the first time the global football tournament has taken place outside of the usual European summer months, owing to the extreme heat the Middle East will experience during the same period.
The Australian national soccer team, known as the Socceroos, have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 too, and have been drawn in Group D where they will face reigning champions France, Denmark and Tunisia. Australia was drawn against France and Denmark in the 2018 World Cup, along with Peru, but failed to make it out of the group stage.
So, how can you support the Socceroos and watch the World Cup in Australia in 2022? Read on to find out.
How to watch World Cup 2022 in Australia?
- SBS for all live matches
- Optus Sport for replays and highlights
SBS World Cup Coverage
In 2022, all FIFA World Cup games will be broadcast live on SBS, meaning you can watch all the football action for free. Up to 8 matches will be broadcast live at once, so you can select and choose which group stage matches you want to watch.
Thanks to the SBS app for mobile devices including smartphones and tablets, along with Mac and PC, you can watch all World Cup games wherever you go, just as long as you have an internet connection.
Optus Sport World Cup Coverage
Optus Sport will also allow you to stream full replays of matches you may have missed out on, as well as highlight reels if you just want to watch all the goals and other best moments of each match.
Kayo Sports World Cup Coverage
Kayo Sports is another streaming service dedicated to sport that will also be streaming World Cup content. Kayo Sports doesn’t have rights to every single game, but you will be able to watch replays of selected matches. Kayo will also have other content, such as insights and analysis.
Kayo Sports can also be accessed via Telstra if you’re a customer with the mobile operator.
When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
- 21st November – Sunday 18th December 2022
The 2022 Fifa World Cup kicks off on Monday 21st November 2022 with host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador, England facing up against Iran, Senegal facing The Netherlands and the USA playing Wales.
Australia’s first match will be on Tuesday 22nd November at the Al Janoub stadium, where they will first play France.
Where is the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar, making it the first time the football tournament has been held in the Arab world. Qatar has 8 stadiums to host the 64 matches. The final of the World Cup will be held at the Lusail Stadium, the largest in Qatar with a capacity of 80,000.
World Cup 2022 Groups
The 64 teams were drawn into 8 groups on 1st April 2022 in Doha, Qatar. These are how the groups line up ahead of the tournament.
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic
Canada qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1986 and Italy is perhaps the most notable absentee, having failed to get through the qualifying stages.
How hot will Qatar be during the World Cup?
Qatar is undoubtedly one of the hottest countries in the world. In summer, temperatures in Qatar can reach around 50 degrees Celsius, but in winter, when the World Cup takes place, temperatures will fall to around 26-28 degrees Celsius.
Group games will be played at 13:00 and 16:00 local time, which is when the highest temperatures are likely to be experienced by players, but when games reach the knockout phases, they will only be played in the evening.
World Cup 2022 knockout games will take place in December, which is officially Qatar’s winter. Average daily temperatures during winter in Qatar fall between 19-26 degrees Celsius.