World Cup 2022 Live Stream: How to Watch the Soccer Tournament Online for Free

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It’s down to the last two teams in Qatar as Argentina and France gear up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.

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It’s been a shocking journey so far with massive upsets and plenty of drama, including Brazil and Belgium’s eliminations and Morocco’s historic underdog performance to become the first African team in the semifinals. Luckily, the tournament’s finale between France and Argentina has also shaped up to be an incredible match: Lionel Messi has his last chance to win a World Cup, while France looks to secure back-to-back World Cup wins and a third-ever final victory.

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If you’re looking to join in and watch the World Cup finale from the U.S., you’ll need to dial in your streaming setup. Below, we’ve outlined the best ways to watch the World Cup final online in 2022, including how to get a World Cup live stream for free online using a VPN.

How to Watch the World Cup Online Free With a VPN

The best way to watch the World Cup final online for free is to access a free live stream in another country with a virtual private network (VPN) like ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

If you’re unfamiliar, VPNs are browser extensions or apps that “trick” your device into thinking it’s in another region, letting you access websites, streaming services, or different versions of U.S. streaming services (like Netflix) only available in other areas. VPNs are safe, reliable, and easy to use, and the best VPNs aren’t expensive.

To live stream the World Cup for free with a VPN, first sign up for ExpressVPN or NordVPN and add it to your web browser. The two VPNs are very similar (both work seamlessly for getting legal free live streams of the World Cup), though ExpressVPN is slightly faster and Nord VPN has more servers (i.e. more locations you can connect to). Read our full comparison of the two top-rated VPNs here.

Once your VPN is installed, set the location to a location in the U.K. and you’ll be able to watch an English-language broadcast of the World Cup final for free on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub. Alternatively, you can also set your location to somewhere in Australia and watch the big game for free on the country’s SBS streaming platform. Bonus: a VPN will also come in handy for watching Premier League games for free.

ExpressVPN costs $12.95 a month if you pay month-to-month, or $6.67 a month if you pay for a year upfront. With either plan, you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could watch the whole World Cup and then get your $12.95 back after the event concludes.

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NordVPN costs slightly less at $11.99 per month, and it also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can bring that cost all the way down to $2.99 per month if you opt for a 2-year commitment and pay $80.73 upfront.


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How to Watch the World Cup Online: Live Stream Soccer in the U.S.

If you don’t want to go the VPN route, there are still plenty of options to watch the World Cup online in the U.S. Here are three of the best — some of which even get you free World Cup live streams of the final.

1. Stream the World Cup on Peacock

NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, is offering a live stream of the World Cup final to anyone with a Premium tier subscription, which costs just $4.99 per month. However, there is a catch with Peacock: their World Cup live streams are simulcasts of Telemundo Deportes, so the commentary is in Spanish.

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2. Stream the World Cup on fuboTV

A great way to watch the World Cup online in the U.S. (with English commentary) is by getting a live TV streaming service like fuboTV. Fox, which will have English coverage of the World Cup final in the U.S. — is included in fuboTV’s extensive channel lineup, so you can catch the game online with a subscription.

fuboTV costs $69.99 per month, but starts with a seven-day free trial before you pay, which you can use to watch the World Cup final online for free. Plus, you get 1000 hours of cloud DVR storage, which is very useful if you don’t want to wake up early for the final game.

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3. Stream the World Cup on Sling

Another great live TV streaming service that will get you a World Cup live stream online is Sling. At $40 a month, Sling is the cheapest live TV streaming service that still delivers a ton of popular channels. The service’s Blue package boasts 41 channels, including Fox to watch the World Cup live online.

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When Is the World Cup? 2022 World Cup Schedule

The FIFA World Cup started on Nov. 20 and culminates tomorrow, Dec. 18 with the final between Argentina and France. The game starts at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.

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