FIFA World Cup 2022: Where to Watch Philly Area Matches

Soccer fans in the Philadelphia area can look forward to being part of the global spectacle that comes with the 2026 FIFA World Cup, when Philly will host games alongside other US, Canadian and Mexican cities.

Until then, everyone can get in the mood for football at the 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off at 11am on Sunday 20 November with the hosts’ game against Ecuador.

The tournament may be far away this time, but there will still be plenty of opportunities to catch it in and around Philly.

When are the games?

Those trying to catch every minute of the tournament will have a love-hate relationship with their alarm clocks over the next few weeks, with group stage matches starting at 5am every morning from November 21-28. The other games during these days follow at 8am, 11am and 2pm

The group stage ends with all four teams in each of the eight groups playing simultaneously to decide which two advance to the knockout stages.

When does the US team play?

The USMNT is in Group B with England, Iran and Wales, with Hershey native Christian Pulisic – and current bearer of American football’s unofficial nickname “Captain America” ​​- leading the nation’s youngest men’s team in World Cup history.

In addition to Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson, a Delaware Valley product, is also in the roster. Promising fixtures so far at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria and Leeds United in the English Premier League will encourage fans that this could be a breakthrough tournament for the Philadelphia at Union Academy star, nicknamed ‘Medford Messi’.

The US group stage run is as follows:

21st November v Wales at 2pm
November 25 vs England at 2pm
November 29 against Iran at 2 p.m

Who else can you follow?

Philadelphia Union fans looking to cheer on one of their current players can follow Olivier Mbaizo, who represents Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in Group G against five-time champions Brazil, plus Serbia and Switzerland.

Mexico national team fans will need to keep an eye on Group C, where El Tri meets two-time winners Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Poland.

Christian Pulisic of the United States controls the ball during the international friendly match between Saudi Arabia and the United States in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, September 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Where can you see the games?

All matches will be available on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and in Spanish coverage on Telemundo and NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

But the World Cup is a global, social event and FIFA audience data shows that more than half of the world’s population watched the 2018 edition of the tournament. So it is highly recommended to go out and enjoy the games with other fans.


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