If you happen to be in Costa Rica during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, you are in for a treat. Football – or soccer, if you will- is a passion in Costa Rica, and the country is represented at the Cup by “La Sele,” as the national team is affectionately known, for a third consecutive time, which marks the sixth overall appearance. Each time the Cup is played, Costa Rica treats it as national party, especially when La Sele is involved.
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There are several events planned to support La Sele during Qatar 2022, and most of them involve watching not only La Sele matches but also all others because that is the level of football fervor in the country. Let’s review the options you have to watch not just La Sele and stars such as goalkeeper Keylor Navas and explosive forward Joel Campbell, but also all 64 matches of the Cup.
Over-the-Air (Free TV) Channels to Watch the 2022 Qatar World Cup
You can watch all 64 Qatar 2022 matches for free in Costa Rica thanks to the broadcasting rights granted by FIFA to Teletica, the most prominent broadcast television television network in the country. To most Ticos, as the nice people of Costa Rica are called, Teletica is synonymous with channel 7, which broadcasts for free on an over-the-air (OTA) basis with nationwide coverage, but it is actually a free TV network that operates multiple channels. For the purpose of Qatar 2022, Teletica will broadcast on the following OTA channels:
* Teletica Channel 7
* Teletica Deportes (TD+)
The two channels above can be viewed for free with a digital antenna and a TV set that is compatible with a digital tuner, satellite receiver, or cable box. Both channels feature HD signals, but TD+ is not carried by all cable companies. Teletica also operates a streaming sports platform, which we will mention below, and a radio station that will also carry all 64 Cup matches.
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Streaming Qatar 2022 in Costa Rica
The two main Qatar 2022 streaming options in Costa Rica, at least at the national level, are:
* Liberty Go Móvil
TDMAX is essentially a digital version of TD+, which is operated by Teletica, and which is available through a mobile app plus a monthly subscription fee of $5. All 64 matches plus commentary and plenty of extras are included.
Liberty Go Móvil is part of a wireless data provider that used to do business as Movistar in Costa Rica. This streaming video service can be described as “cable TV on the go” because it carries not only all Qatar 2022 matches but also staples such as CNN, MTV, the History Channel, and many other channels.
You have to be a Liberty wireless subscriber or prepaid customer in order to install the Go Móvil app. Depending on the subscription plan you have, Liberty Go Móvil can run as low as $4 per month. If you are a prepaid Liberty customer, the monthly fee is $9, and you don’t have to use your existing data plan at all, which makes this option the best for lucky tourists who will be in Costa Rica during the Cup.
Streaming Devices for Qatar 2022 in Costa Rica
The two apps mentioned above can be installed on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, which may include special versions for Chromecast, Roku, Firestick, AppleTV, and others. TDMAX also offers web access through modern browsers, but Liberty does not.
It is important to keep in mind that TDMAX requires a broadband internet connection. In the case of Liberty Go Móvil, wireless internet service is included for the app within Costa Rica. If you travel outside of the country, Liberty will still work, but you will have to connect to another provider, which you may need to pay for.
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Qatar 2022 Match Schedule in Costa Rica
La Sele will be guaranteed to play at least three Group Stage matches against Spain, Germany, and Japan. If they advance past their group, they will only need to win three more matches to become world champions. Such is the positive atmosphere when Costa Rica is in the tournament: All it takes is seven matches to bring the Cup home.
The tournament starts with the opening ceremony in Doha on November 20th at , Costa Rica time, which is six time zones away from GMT. Qatar is nine hours ahead of Costa Rica. The inaugural match will be between the national teams of Qatar and Ecuador.
La Sele will debut on Wednesday, November 23rd at . The group stage features three matches, and the top two teams by points and goal average will advance to the knockout rounds, the first of which will be played on December 3rd at .
|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||France vs Australia||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||Croatia vs Canada||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||Croatia vs Belgium||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||Netherlands vs Argentina||Quarter-Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|10 Dec||England vs France||Quarter-Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
Enjoying Qatar 2022 in Costa Rica
Even if making it to the finals seems far-fetched for La Sele, the love of football in Costa Rica during the Cup is unrivaled. Be sure to soak up the festive football vibe by visiting a FIFA Fan Zone, a restaurant or bar, a street watch party, or with friends or loved ones.
The action will begin with the opening ceremony in Doha on November 20, and it will last until the days just before the Christmas holidays. Finally, let’s not forget that Costa Rica also qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s Cup, which will begin July of next year in Australia and New Zealand.