How to Watch the Socceroos World Cup Qualifiers Live and Free in Australia

How to Watch the Socceroos World Cup Qualifiers Live and Free in Australia
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The journey towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is picking up steam, and even in these *uncertain times* there is a lot of excitement building around the biggest football event on earth.

If you’d like to keep up to date on what’s happening with the 2022 World Cup, here’s your explainer guide on what’s happening and where you can catch all the action here in Australia.

When is the FIFA World Cup, again?

The event, after being rescheduled due to – you guessed it – COVID-19, has been set for November 21 to December 18, 2022.

Which groups are competing in the Asia World Cup qualifiers?

As you likely already know, qualifying teams are determined during the first stage of the World Cup competition. Teams have been set in groups, according to location, and these groups play off until we land on our final lineup.

In order to progress to the next stage, teams will need to emerge as winners of their group or one of the four best runners up in the comp.

The Asia groups are as follows:

Group A
Syria
China PR
Philippines
Maldives
Guam

Group B
Australia
Kuwait
Jordan
Nepal
Chinese Taipei

Group C
Iraq
Bahrain
IR Iran
Hong Kong
Cambodia

Group D
Saudi Arabia
Uzbekistan
Singapore
Yemen
Palestine

Group E
Qatar
Oman
Afghanistan
India
Bangladesh

Group F
Japan
Tajikistan
Kyrgyz Republic
Myanmar
Mongolia

Group G
Vietnam
Malaysia
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Indonesia

Group H
Korea Republic
Lebanon
Turkmenistan
DPR Korea
Sri Lanka

You can read a full break down of the World Cup qualifying subsections here.

When are Australia’s qualifying World Cup games and how do we watch them?

The Socceroos website has shared a useful guide to the upcoming games which we’ll share for you below. The games are available to watch on a heap of different platforms, including for free on Kayo Sports Freebies  (which we wrote about here) and ABC TV. Telstra customers can catch the games free with the My Football Live App (if you aren’t a customer you can watch for $6.99 per month). Games are also airing on Fox Sports.

Australia v Kuwait (Australia 3 – Kuwait 0)
Thursday, 3 June 2021 (4 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 10.00 pm local, 4:30/5:00 am AEST (Friday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App.

Australia v Chinese Taipei (Australia 5 – Chinese Taipei 1)
Monday, 7 June 2021 (8 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 10.00 pm local, 5.00 am AEST (Tuesday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, SBS Television, and My Football Live App.

Nepal v Australia
Friday, 11 June 2021 (12 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 7.00 pm local, 2.00 am AEST (Saturday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and Football Live App.

Australia v Jordan
Tuesday, 15 June 2021 (16 June AEST)
Venue: Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium
Kick-off: 5:00 am AEST
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App.

How about the other qualifier games?

You can check out a selection of the remaining qualifier games on platforms like Fox Sports and Kayo Sports (paid). Now, get moving on setting those alarms because you have some early starts ahead of you.

How to watch the FIFA World Cup in Australia

When it comes to tuning into the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the easiest place to do that will be through SBS who will be airing games live and free.

Tell me about the FIFA Women’s World Cup, please

In major sporting news for Australia and New Zealand, it’s been confirmed that our nations will be the homes of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

The first match will kick off at Auckland’s Eden Park on 20 July 2023, and the comp will close at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. If you’re wondering where you can watch that event, Optus Sport will stream all 64 World Cup matches live.

This article has been updated since its original publish date.

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