The World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the biggest sporting event of the year as the FIFA World Cup always is. Sadly, the China Men’s National Team has not been strong recently. (The women’s team is excellent.) As a result, it is not represented in the 32 teams that qualified for the event. But there will still be enormous interest in the games. Read on to learn how to watch Qatar 2022 in China.
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TV Channels to Watch World Cup 2022 in China
CCTV is the primary source for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar coverage in China. It is short for China Central Television and is the state-owned broadcaster for the country. But it isn’t a TV channel.
Instead, CCTV runs over 40 free and pay channels. Qatar 2022 will be featured on a number of channels:
- CCTV-2 — Finance
- CCTV-5 — Sports
- CCTV-5+ — Sports HD
- CCTV-7 — Defense Military
- CCTV-13 — News
You can stream all CCTV channels outside of China, except for the two free sports channels, which are limited to viewers inside China including Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwan is understandably excluded but the World Cup can be viewed there through Chinese Television System (CTS).
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How to Stream Qatar 2022 in China
CCTV is streaming the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in China, too. But it is quite limited in terms of streaming devices (see below). But if you are fine watching in a web browser, you’re set.
Migu TV is probably a better option for streaming the World Cup. It is the video streaming arm of China Mobile and it has been moving into sports coverage. It won’t be streaming anything that CCTV isn’t broadcasting, since it is licensing the World Cup from the government-owned broadcaster.
But it does offer streaming devices that CCTV does not offer. And it will also be offering on-demand replays of matches.
As with CCTV-5, it seems you must be in China to stream matches.
Those traveling outside of China can find many streaming services that will allow you to watch the World Cup — although not usually with Chinese commentary. In the US, we recommend FuboTV because of its exceptional soccer coverage. But Sling TV is an excellent low-cost option.
What Devices Support World Cup Streaming in China?
CCTV supports a very small number of devices: iOS and Android mobile devices and web browsers.
Migu TV offers apps for many different streaming devices including Android Fire TV (Firestick), Chromecast, and Roku. It also supports Android and iOS mobile devices. And, of course, it works in web browsers.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule
The World Cup starts with the Group Stage on November 20th at (EST) with a match between host country Qatar and Ecuador. The matches through December 2nd are listed below in EST. To convert to Beijing time, add 13 hours.
|20 Nov||Qatar vs Ecuador||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|21 Nov||England vs Iran||B||Khalifa International Stadium|
|21 Nov||Senegal vs Netherlands||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|21 Nov||USA vs Wales||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|22 Nov||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||C||Lusail Stadium|
|22 Nov||Denmark vs Tunisia||D||Education City Stadium|
|22 Nov||Mexico vs Poland||C||Stadium 974|
|22 Nov||Australia vs France||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|23 Nov||Morocco vs Croatia||F||Al Bayt Stadium|
|23 Nov||Germany vs Japan||E||Khalifa International Stadium|
|23 Nov||Spain vs Costa Rica||E||Al Thumama Stadium|
|23 Nov||Belgium vs Canada||F||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|24 Nov||Switzerland vs Cameroon||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|24 Nov||Uruguay vs South Korea||H||Education City Stadium|
|24 Nov||Portugal vs Ghana||H||Stadium 974|
|24 Nov||Brazil vs Serbia||G||Lusail Stadium|
|25 Nov||Wales vs Iran||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|25 Nov||Qatar vs Senegal||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|25 Nov||Netherlands vs Ecuador||A||Khalifa International Stadium|
|25 Nov||England vs USA||B||Al Bayt Stadium|
|26 Nov||Tunisia vs Australia||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|26 Nov||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||C||Education City Stadium|
|26 Nov||France vs Denmark||D||Stadium 974|
|26 Nov||Argentina vs Mexico||C||Lusail Stadium|
|27 Nov||Japan vs Costa Rica||E||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|27 Nov||Belgium vs Morocco||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|27 Nov||Canada vs Croatia||F||Khalifa International Stadium|
|27 Nov||Spain vs Germany||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|28 Nov||Cameroon vs Serbia||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|28 Nov||South Korea vs Ghana||H||Education City Stadium|
|28 Nov||Brazil vs Switzerland||G||Stadium 974|
|28 Nov||Portugal vs Uruguay||H||Lusail Stadium|
|29 Nov||Ecuador vs Senegal||A||Khalifa International Stadium|
|29 Nov||Netherlands vs Qatar||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|29 Nov||Iran vs USA||B||Al Thumama Stadium|
|29 Nov||Wales vs England||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|30 Nov||Tunisia vs France||D||Education City Stadium|
|30 Nov||Australia vs Denmark||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|30 Nov||Poland vs Argentina||C||Stadium 974|
|30 Nov||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||C||Lusail Stadium|
|1 Dec||Belgium vs Croatia||F||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|1 Dec||Canada vs Morocco||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|1 Dec||Japan vs Spain||E||Khalifa International Stadium|
|1 Dec||Costa Rica vs Germany||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|2 Dec||South Korea vs Portugal||H||Education City Stadium|
|2 Dec||Ghana vs Uruguay||H||Al Janoub Stadium|
|2 Dec||Serbia vs Switzerland||G||Stadium 974|
|2 Dec||Cameroon vs Brazil||G||Lusail Stadium|
|3 Dec||Netherlands vs USA||Round of 16||Khalifa International Stadium|
|3 Dec||Argentina vs Australia||Round of 16||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|4 Dec||France vs Poland||Round of 16||Al Thumama Stadium|
|4 Dec||England vs Senegal||Round of 16||Al Bayt Stadium|
|5 Dec||Japan vs Croatia||Round of 16||Al Janoub Stadium|
|5 Dec||Brazil vs South Korea||Round of 16||Stadium 974|
|6 Dec||Morocco vs Spain||Round of 16||Education City Stadium|
|6 Dec||Portugal vs Switzerland||Round of 16||Lusail Stadium|
|9 Dec||Brazil vs Croatia||Quarter-Finals||Education City Stadium|
|9 Dec||Netherlands vs Argentina||Quarter-Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|10 Dec||Morocco vs Portugal||Quarter-Finals||Al Thumama Stadium|
|10 Dec||England vs France||Quarter-Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
|13 Dec||Argentina vs Croatia||Semi-Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|14 Dec||France vs Morocco||Semi-Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
|17 Dec||Croatia vs Morocco||Third Place Play-off||Khalifa International Stadium|
|18 Dec||Argentina vs France||Final||Lusail Stadium|
The knockout phase runs immediately after the Group Stage:
- Round of 16 (December 3-6)
- Quarter-Finals (December 9-10)
- Semi-Finals (December 13-14)
- Third-Place Play-Off (December 17)
- World Cup Final (December 18th).
What to Know Before You Go
Fans will have to wait until the 2023 Women’s World Cup to see China compete. But football fans in China will still find a lot of exciting play at the Men’s World Cup in Qatar.
Be sure to tune in with the options we’ve discussed above.
World Cup Qatar 2022 Viewer’s Guides Outside the US
For more information on watching matches in different areas, see our World Cup VPN Guide.
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