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Who has the most games in Australian prime time at the FIFA World Cup?


Fans of one nation will be happy indeed.

The FIFA World Cup is about to kick off.

The 2022 tournament takes place in Qatar, where the time difference is 8 hours for AEDT.

That means across the country, you'll need to be a night owl or early bird to catch most of the action.

In the group stage of the tournament, here are which teams have the kick-off times most favourable to Australian time zones.

Which team has the most FIFA World Cup games in prime time for Australia?

For the group stages of the FIFA World Cup, games kick off at 9pm, 12am, 3am and 6am AEDT.

Staying up beyond midnight is usually a struggle for most people, so the 9pm AEDT games will be in the sweet spot for Australian viewers.

As it turns out, Cameroon has 2 games with a 9pm AEDT kick-off, which is the most for any team at the World Cup.

Thankfully for local fans, the Socceroos have 1 match at 9pm, their clash with Tunisia on 26 November.

Countries you can also catch at 9pm AEDT in the group stage are Argentina, Costa Rica, Croatia, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Switzerland and Wales.

Those in WA get a bonus – the 12am AEDT games are at a favourable time for you.

The list of countries that have games at a reasonable time for WA now expands to include Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Ghana, Poland, Qatar, Senegal, South Korea and Uruguay.

By also including the 12am AEDT games, it means Iran, Japan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Tunisia now have 2 games at a decent time for WA viewers.

Here's the full breakdown of the times each country plays their FIFA World Cup games.

Which countries have no FIFA World Cup games in Australian prime time?

No matter which part of the country you live in, chances are games that start at either 3am or 6am AEDT will be a hard slog to stay awake for or drag yourself out of bed to watch.

You won't get to view any games of Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the US at a reasonable hour.

Meanwhile, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Ghana, Poland, Qatar, Senegal, South Korea and Uruguay are probably off-limits for most viewers. These have a match that kicks off at 12am AEDT, so unless you find yourself in WA, their games will also be a struggle to watch.

How can I watch the FIFA World Cup?

Now that you know when the various countries are playing, you'd want to know how you can watch the FIFA World Cup.

The answer to that is easy. You can watch all matches live and free on SBS or SBS On Demand.

Image source: Getty Images

You can check out our full guide to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar here including a schedule of FIFA World Cup games.

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