The FIFA World Cup competition, which happens every four years, takes place in November and December of 2022. A total of 32 teams will compete across 64 matches in this 22nd edition of the tournament. The final game is played on December 18th.
Team USA is set to play in the World Cup for the first time since 2014!
As the tournament gets started, there are USA games scheduled for November 21st, 25th, and 29th — and then it’s up to them how far they go. These are some of the dates that will be very popular for watch parties.
UPDATE: USA plays Netherlands on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 — and there will be watch parties!
The games take place in Qatar in 2022 — and this is the first time a Middle Eastern country has hosted the World Cup.
This is also the first time the World Cup will be played in November. It’s usually held during June and July, but in 2022 the schedule shifted to avoid the brutal summer heat in Qatar.
FIFA has a complete World Cup match schedule that you can view online.
Soccer is popular in Atlanta, so there are a lot of watch parties planned, both large and small. We’ll try to list a good number of them here.
This page is organized like this:
• First, a section about how to stream or broadcast the games at home
• Then, a section highlighting some of the most notable World Cup watch parties in Atlanta (and suburbs).
• Next, a day-by-day calendar listing of all the watch parties we’ve found. You’ll have to click through the links there for details on each event.
How to watch the FIFA World Cup tournament
There are two things to know:
• Fox has all broadcast rights to World Cup games broadcast with English commentary in the U.S.
• Telemundo (owned by NBC) broadcasts the games in Spanish.
So basically you need access to a Fox channel. If you have cable, that’s covered.
If you’re a cord-cutter, you may still be covered — if you subscribe to one of these streaming platforms, you probably have FOX:
• Hulu + LiveTV
• YouTube TV
• Sling TV
If you’re not a subscriber, you may be interested to learn all of them have a free trial period that you might want to check out — but they are very short, just seven days.
A subscription to one of these also allows you to login to the FOX Sports app and watch there.
In many parts of Atlanta, you can pick up our local stations very well with an amplified antenna hooked up to your TV.
(If you need a suggestion, we use this antenna — but there are many other types and the flat wall-mounted antennas look promising.)
If you want to watch in Spanish, you’ll need access to Telemundo (via cable or streaming platform). Alternatively, you can watch all 64 games in Spanish via the Peacock app. On Peacock, the first four days of the tournament will be FREE. After that, you’ll need a paid subscription (starting at $4.99 a month). You can cancel at any time — it’s possible to just pay for two months to watch the World Cup, and then discontinue.
And there’s always TUBI — a completely FREE streaming service that is showing replays of most of the games.
Just create your free account — you don’t need a subscription or credit card.
You can watch TUBI on nearly any streaming device — just find the TUBI app.
You can also watch from a browser at tubitv.com.
See the list of local watch parties, below!
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World Cup Watch Parties in Atlanta
This is a round up of some of the organizations and venues that are hosting free events. It’s not a complete list — if you have a favorite sports bar, check with them to see if they’ll have soccer on their screens.
After these short blurbs, you’ll find a day-by-day calendar listing of watch parties.
USA v. Netherlands Watch parties on Dec. 3rd
The game starts at 10 a.m., and many venues are opening early (by 9:30 a.m.)
- Fado Irish Pub, midtown Atlanta
- Woodstock Arts Center Event Green (outdoor event, bring blankets or chairs)
- Central City Tavern, Alpharetta
- Brick Store Pub, Decatur
- BigSky, Buckhead (reserve via Eventbrite for free admission, or pay $10 at the door)
- Wild Heaven Beer (both locations opening at 9:30 a.m.)
Central City Tavern, Alpharetta
Get the full watch party schedule on the tavern’s Facebook events page.
Atlanta United-sponsored Watch Parties
• Atlanta United is sponsoring events at notable soccer bars and breweries — including Fado, Wild Heaven, Brewhouse Cafe, and more. There are watch parties nearly every day of the tournament — we have more info here. There will be a watch party virtually every day of the World Cup, and the locations will rotate.
• Additionally, you can reserve a spot for the final game watch party, to be held at the Coca-Cola Roxy, an entertainment venue in The Battery. That game is played on Dec. 18th.
Brick Store Pub watch parties
This pub is hosting watch parties nearly every day of the World Cup. Located on the Decatur Square.
Get the full schedule here
Sports & Social hosts “Party for the Cup” watch parties at The Battery
This two-level sports bar and gaming parlor is located in the entertainment district at The Battery Atlanta, next to Truist Park. There are over 40 televisions, as well as a 32-foot LED screen. It looks like they plan to have a watch party every day of the World Cup.
Atlanta Silverbacks host USA v. England watch party
Silverbacks Park, a soccer complex in Dekalb County, will host a watch party for the USA v. England game on Friday, November 25th. The party starts at noon; game kickoff is at 2 p.m. Free admission. Giveaways, games, on-site bar.
Silverbacks Park is located at 3200 Silverbacks Way, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Visit the park’s events page
Park Tavern hosts USA v. Wales watch party
Show up for Team USA! The first 100 fans in the door will get a t-shirt or scarf. This watch party is on Monday, November 21st. Doors open at noon; game kickoff is at 2 p.m. The event is co-hosted by World Soccer Shop, which will be selling officially licensed merchandise and giving out door prizes.
Watch parties at Big Sky Buckhead
Big Sky, located in the Buckhead West Village district, is hosting watch parties for the USA games, in collaboration with Atlanta Soccerfest.
If you reserve a spot now via Eventbrite, your ticket is FREE and includes a giveaway item. When the advance purchase deal expires (and we don’t know when that is), you’ll pay $10 plus tax and ticket fees.
There will be a themed menu, plus DJ and live band.
Events are from 1 t o 5 p.m. on November 21st, 25th, and 29th for USA games.
More info or RSVP now
Watch parties at Round Trip Brewing
The West Midtown brewery is showing most of the Group Stage matches live in its spacious taproom. All US matches are at 2pm, including the Black Friday match against England. The taproom will open at 11am on Black Friday.
In general, doors open 30 minutes before a match.
See the taproom viewing schedule here
Family-friendly watch party at TOCA in Johns Creek for USA vs. Wales
Come to TOCA’s Johns Creek location on Monday, November 21st to cheer on Team USA as they take on Wales. This is a family-friendly event from 1 to 4 p.m.
La Chingada hosts watch parties for World Cup
La Chingada sports bar, in Marietta, is hosting watch parties during the whole tournament.
General admission is FREE, but you are encouraged to reserve a table.
Day-by-day listing of World Cup Watch parties:
We’re still adding these events, so the list will grow!
Silverbacks Park (sports arena)
Round Trip Brewing (NW Atlanta)
Big Sky Buckhead
La Chingada (Marietta sports bar)