ITV and BBC announce World Cup 2022 coverage schedule
ITV and the BBC have revealed their coverage plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,
following last week’s draw for the tournament.
ITV will show England’s group game against the USA and will have picks one and two of the
round of 16 and first pick of the quarter-final stages. 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.
The BBC will show England’s opening match versus Iran as well as the possible Home
Nations group match against the final European qualifier, which will be one of Wales,
Scotland or Ukraine.
Should Wales or Scotland qualify, ITV will show their group match v the USA. ITV will also
show standout group stage matches featuring number one FIFA ranked country Brazil’s
matches 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 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.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said:
“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 the round of 16 and pick one of the quarterfinals. 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.