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The Women’s World Cup 2023 will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year. And the China Women’s National Team will be competing. It is currently ranked #14 and might surprise many this year. There will be enormous interest in the games. Read on to learn how to watch it in China.
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TV Channels to Watch World Cup 2022 in China
CCTV is the primary source for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup 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. The tournament 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 the 2023 World Cup in China
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.
Shinai Sports is also streaming the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
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 Women’s World Cup 2023 Schedule
China will start the 2023 tournament with a match with Denmark on Saturday, July 22nd at . They are in Group D and that stage will continues through August 3rd. Here are their scheduled matches:
- Sat Jul 22 : Denmark vs China
- Fri Jul 28 : China vs Haiti (FS1)
- Tue Aug 1 : China vs England (Fox)
The rest of the tournament schedule is as follows:
- Round of 16 (August 5-8)
- Quarter-Finals (August 10-12)
- Semi-Finals (August 15-16)
- Third-Place Play-Off (August 19)
- World Cup Final (August 20)
What to Know Before You Go
Fans won’t want to miss the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Be sure to tune in with the options we’ve discussed above.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 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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