World Cup coverage schedules from World Soccer Talk

It’s been a busy few months for World Soccer Talk and we’re happy to share some important news on our World Cup coverage plans:

More than a year in the making

• First up this month is World Soccer Talk 17 years exist. Thank you for supporting us all these years and for relying on a trusted source for quality journalism (and TV programming, of course). A key difference in our coverage is that we don’t have a paywall. We believe quality journalism doesn’t have to be behind walled gardens.

• Second, we’ve made major changes up Hired more than a dozen writers to bring you more football coverage. If you remember, much of our coverage used to come from a news service (AFP). Since September, 100% of our articles are custom written by our team. This is a big change and a significant investment in resources. And we want to continue that throughout the World Cup and beyond.

• Third, we added new features. For example, you can now receive Messages when big stories from the world of football happen. We’re also adding a new feature to the site that I’ve always wanted since we launched WST in 2005 – live Statistics from Opta. This includes schedules, spreadsheets and more. We also have other new features in the works that are coming soon.

Kyle Fansler and I have been working together for over a year to prepare all the content we have for the Worlds (see our video below). That required countless interviews with TV company executives, as well as a lot of research. Combined with the artistic brilliance of our graphic/web designer Derek Reese, he has been instrumental in making our content even more professional.

Our goal is to make watching the games as easy as possible and to provide you with the details you need to make the best TV viewing choices.

We will not shy away from controversial topics either. As anyone who’s listened to the World Soccer Talk Podcast knows, we share our unfiltered take on the sport we love. This includes criticism of 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, as well as FOX’s focus on ignoring the important off-field incidents.

Speaking of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, we’ve already tuned in to our World Cup preview episode, which discusses all the TV and streaming options. And both Kartik Krishnaiyer and I plan to keep you updated with more new episodes of World Cup coverage throughout the tournament.

Finally, on behalf of World Soccer Talk, I would like to apologize for the fact that a specific feature is taking longer than expected to be fixed. Namely, this is the one where we want each day of TV programs to stay viewable until the end of the day. It’s an important feature that needs to be brought back, and it’s on the list for our engineering team to fix. For these changes and the previous ones, I want to thank you all for your patience with the changes we’ve been making behind the scenes to improve the site.

Image rights: IMAGO / Ulmer/Team photo

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