GOALLL: Where to Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Australia

For some Aussies, the FIFA World Cup is more important than the birth of their firstborns. They will transform into bats, staying up through the night to catch every game. They eat football for breakfast and inject soccer straight into their veins. 

If you’re one of these people, or just have a passing interest in this sport, then you may want to know where and when every FIFA World Cup game is airing. Well, don’t panic, because we’re about to answer this question right now.

When Does the FIFA World Cup Start?

The FIFA World Cup starts on November 20. Because the tournament is being hosted by Qatar in the city of Al Khor, the start time of the first game is at 3:00am AEDT. This match is between Qatar and Ecuador. 

The final match is on December 18 at 2:00am AEDT. Because I don’t own a magic mirror that can reveal the future, I’m unsure who will make it to this round of the competition. 

Where Can I Watch the FIFA World Cup in Australia?

SBS has scored the rights to broadcast the 2022 FIFA World Cup. All 64 games will be live and free on TV. These games will also be live-streamed on SBS On Demand. 

Moreover, you can watch these games after they’ve been played online. To make this situation even better, some of the most top-notch matches will be repeated on SBS Viceland at 2:30pm AEDT each afternoon. 

When Do the Socceroos Play Their Matches?

The Aussie Socceroos’ first match is against France on November 23. The SBS coverage begins at 5:00am AEDT, with kick-off starting at 6:00am AEDT . 

On November 26, the Socceroos will be battling it out with Tunisia. The SBS coverage starts at 7:30pm AEDT, and the game starts at 9:00pm AEDT.

On November 30, the Socceroos are waging a war with Denmark. The SBS coverage starts at 1:00am AEDT,  and the game starts at 2:00am AEDT.

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Aren’t There Some Controversies Regarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

On a very serious note, the Socceroos have called for Qatar to take better care of its migrant workers. This is because too many of these workers have passed away while building infrastructure and stadiums for the World Cup. The Socceroos have also stated that Qatar should decriminalise same-sex relationships.

As the Socceroos said in a statement, “We stand with FIFPro, the Building and Wood Workers International, and the International Trade Union Confederation, seeking to embed reforms and establish a lasting legacy in Qatar.

“This must include establishing a migrant resource centre, effective remedy for those who have been denied their rights, and the decriminalisation of all same-sex relationships. These are the basic rights that should be afforded to all.”

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