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BBC and ITV Announce World Cup 2022 Coverage Schedule

BBC and ITV have revealed their coverage plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, following last week’s draw for the tournament.

The BBC will show England’s opening match against Iran as well as the possible Home Nations group match against the final European qualifier, which will be one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine.

We are very excited about our selection of matches. We have two England group games – their opening group game with Iran and then the enticing match up against either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine – as well as the heavyweight clash between Spain and Germany, big games involving Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, France and Belgium, and the first pick of the semi-finals. With extensive 24/7 coverage across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio, online and social media, the World Cup promises to be a huge event to wrap up a major sporting year on the BBC.

— Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport

ITV will show England’s group game against the USA and will have picks one and two of the Round of 16 and the first pick of the quarter-final stages. Should Wales or Scotland qualify, ITV will show their group match against the USA.

The BBC will have first pick of the semi-final stage of the tournament and will also show mouth-watering group matches between Spain and Germany, Brazil and Serbia and Argentina and Poland – as well as two matches with the world champions France and all of Belgium’s group games.

ITV will also show standout group stage matches featuring number one FIFA ranked country Brazil against Switzerland and Cameroon, World Cup holders France’s key match against Denmark, as well as games involving other heavyweights Argentina, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The tournament will kick off on ITV and STV in Scotland on 21 November with coverage of the first match between the Netherlands and Senegal.

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport says: “We are very excited about our selection of matches. We have two England group games – their opening group game with Iran and then the enticing matchup against either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine – as well as the heavyweight clash between Spain and Germany, big games involving Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, France and Belgium, and the first pick of the semi-finals.

With extensive 24/7 coverage across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio, online and social media, the World Cup promises to be a huge event to wrap up a major sporting year on the BBC.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, says: “The World Cup is now in focus and we’re delighted to be able to bring viewers coverage of what promises to be some of the standout games of the tournament across ITV channels and our new free streaming service ITVX, which launches this autumn.

We’re kicking off with the opening match and will show England’s group stage match against the USA as well as games involving tournament favourites such as Brazil, France, Argentina, Spain and the Netherlands.

Plus, we have picks one and two of the round of 16 and pick one of the quarter-finals. The ITV Sport team is now looking forward to bringing viewers the very best of the first winter World Cup.”

All ITV games will be shown on ITV, ITVX, STV and STV Player.

World Cup 2022 – Group stage game split 

DateMatchKick Off (GMT)Broadcaster
Monday 21 NovemberSenegal vs Netherlands10amITV
Monday 21 NovemberEngland vs Iran1pmBBC
Monday 21 NovemberQatar vs Ecuador4pmBBC
Monday 21 NovemberUSA vs Ukraine/Scotland/Wales7pmITV
Tuesday 22 NovemberArgentina vs Saudi Arabia10amITV
Tuesday 22 NovemberDenmark vs Tunisia1pmITV
Tuesday 22 NovemberMexico vs Poland4pmBBC
Tuesday 22 NovemberFrance vs UAE/Australia/Peru7pmBBC
Wednesday 23 NovemberMorocco vs Croatia10amITV
Wednesday 23 NovemberGermany vs Japan1pmITV
Wednesday 23 NovemberSpain vs Costa Rica/New Zealand4pmITV
Wednesday 23 NovemberBelgium vs Canada7pmBBC
Thursday 24 NovemberSwitzerland vs Cameroon10amITV
Thursday 24 NovemberUruguay vs South Korea1pmBBC
Thursday 24 NovemberPortugal vs Ghana4pmITV
Thursday 24 NovemberBrazil vs Serbia7pmBBC
Friday 25 NovemberUkraine/Scotland/Wales vs Iran10amBBC
Friday 25 NovemberQatar vs Senegal1pmBBC
Friday 25 NovemberNetherlands vs Ecuador4pmITV
Friday 25 NovemberEngland vs USA7pmITV
Saturday 26 NovemberTunisia vs UAE/Australia/Peru10amBBC
Saturday 26 NovemberPoland vs Saudi Arabia1pmITV
Saturday 26 NovemberFrance vs Denmark4pmITV
Saturday 26 NovemberArgentina vs Mexico7pmITV
Sunday 27 NovemberJapan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand10amITV
Sunday 27 NovemberBelgium vs Morocco1pmBBC
Sunday 27 NovemberCroatia vs Canada4pmBBC
Sunday 27 NovemberSpain vs Germany7pmBBC
Monday 28 NovemberCameroon vs Serbia10amITV
Monday 28 NovemberSouth Korea vs Ghana1pmBBC
Monday 28 NovemberBrazil vs Switzerland4pmITV
Monday 28 NovemberPortugal vs Uruguay7pmITV
Tuesday 29 NovemberEcuador vs Senegal3pmITV
Tuesday 29 NovemberNetherlands vs Qatar3pmITV
Tuesday 29 NovemberIran vs United States7pmBBC
Tuesday 29 NovemberUkraine/Scotland/Wales vs England7pmBBC
Wednesday 30 NovemberTunisia vs France3pmBBC
Wednesday 30 NovemberUAE/Australia/Peru vs Denmark3pmBBC
Wednesday 30 NovemberPoland vs Argentina7pmBBC
Wednesday 30 NovemberSaudi Arabia vs Mexico7pmBBC
Thursday 1 DecemberCanada vs Morocco4pmBBC
Thursday 1 DecemberCroatia vs Belgium4pmBBC
Thursday 1 DecemberJapan vs Spain7pmITV
Thursday 1 DecemberCosta Rica/New Zealand vs Germany7pmITV
Friday 2 DecemberGhana vs Uruguay4pmBBC
Friday 2 DecemberSouth Korea vs Portugal4pmBBC
Friday 2 DecemberSerbia vs Switzerland7pmITV
Friday 2 DecemberCameroon vs Brazil7pmITV

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