Watch 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Socceroos, Brazil, England & more

Qualifying matches are underway for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Here is how to live stream your team.

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Qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is well underway. Every team besides the host nation is required to qualify. There are a huge 211 nations eligible for the competition. The catch, though, is only 32 teams are allowed in the tournament. Once you subtract Qatar's place, only 31 spots remain. Now that's cutthroat.

Each country is split into their delegated FIFA continental confederation for qualifying purposes. This is as each confederation is allocated a specific amount of slots for the World Cup.

The qualification process is currently unfolding in Europe (UEFA), Asia (AFC), Africa (CAF) and every other nation across the globe. Australia's Socceroos have reached the third round of AFC World Cup qualification, as the Australians aim to qualify for their fifth consecutive World Cup.

Socceroos' FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Start times and TV guide

Broadcasting rights for Australian football and its related competitions have been won by Channel 10, its US owner ViacomCBS, and its new streaming service Paramount Plus, which launched in Australia in August.

The Socceroos meet Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman and Vietnam in the final round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification.

Australia's first match, against China, finished in a 3-0 win for the Socceroos in Doha. Australia's final match, again at a venue and kick-off time to be confirmed, is against Saudi Arabia on 29 March 2022.

Australia must finish either first or second in Group B, which includes 10 matches from September 2021 to March 2022, to qualify directly. A third-place finish would send the Socceroos to a playoff against the third-place team from Group A, followed by an intercontinental playoff.

Matches will be played across Channel 10 platforms, including Paramount Plus.

Stream football on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus officially launched in Australia on 11 August and costs $8.99 a month and comes with a 7-day free trial.

The new service will be the home of Australian football, encompassing the media rights for all national teams (Socceroos, Westfield Matildas, Young Socceroos, Young Matildas, Joeys and Junior Matildas) as well as AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, AFC Asian Cups and, other AFC tournaments until 31 December 2024.

As of 27 August the platform still did not have a football section, so it's unclear when you'll be able to start watching.


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Watch South American World Cup qualifiers

Qualifying is also rolling along for teams in South America. At the time of writing, Brazil is sitting well clear on the table with a perfect 6 wins from as many matches. The rights to these matches featuring Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and the best of South America are held by beIN SPORTS. That means beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Foxtel Now are all options for catching these high-stakes clashes.

We have a full guide for the South American World Cup qualifiers, which are all part of the federation known as the CONMEBOL.


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How to watch European World Cup qualifiers

Optus Sport had the rights to the delayed 2020 European Championships and shows the English Premier League. Added to that list are the UEFA World Cup qualifiers. While it no longer has a free trial, Optus Sport is available to everyone, regardless of whether they are existing Optus customers. That means you can easily catch games involving England, Spain, Portugal, reigning World Cup champions France and the rest on Optus Sport.


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How to watch CONCACAF and CAF qualifiers online

CONCACAF is the home of North and Central American teams along with the Caribbean. CAF is made up of the African nations. While FIFA announced plans to broadcast African qualifying matches on its main site and YouTube channel, we were unable to find streaming partners for these two federations in Australia at the time of writing.

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