Women’s World Cup action continues tonight, as Japan meets Costa Rica in a Group C matchup. Japan is coming off of a 5-0 victory over Zambia, while Costa Rica is looking for its first win of the tournament after a 3-0 loss to Spain. The game will take place at 1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on FS1.
Meanwhile, Team USA gets another day off to reflect on their bruising 3-0 victory over Vietnam in their first game of the tournament. Led by Sophia Smith, Alex Morgan and the retiring Megan Rapinoe, Team USA is looking for its third consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup title. But 2023 might be their toughest test yet, as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain have dangerous squads that could threaten to topple the defending champs. Team USA will have to get out of group play in order to face most of their stiffest competition — with the exception of the 2019 World Cup runners-up, the Netherlands. The USA is set to play a rematch of that 2019 final in group play on Wednesday evening at 9 p.m ET (6 p.m. PT) on Fox.
Both Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting the tournament this year, which makes viewing games in the US a little tricky. Tonight’s game is actually the first of three games on Tuesday in Australia and New Zealand. Later in the day — or early tomorrow morning this side of the Pacific — is another Group C matchup between Spain and Zambia at 3:30 a.m. ET (12:20 a.m PT) on FS1, followed by Canada vs. Ireland at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. PT) on FS1.
What channels do I need to watch the World Cup live?
Fox holds the English-language rights to World Cup games in the US, while NBC-owned Telemundo offers all the games in Spanish. Games in English will air on Fox and FS1, while games in Spanish will be on Telemundo and NBC’s Peacock Premium streaming platform.
What’s the schedule for the World Cup?
This year, the tournament has expanded from 24 to 32 teams, which have been drawn into eight groups of four teams. Group winners and runners-up move on to the round of 16 knockout phase, which begins on Aug. 5. The quarterfinals begin on Aug. 10, with the semifinals starting on Aug. 15. The losers of the semifinal games will play in a single game for third place on Aug. 19. The World Cup final will conclude the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of group play (all times ET):
Wednesday, July 26
- Group C: Japan vs. Costa Rica (1 a.m. on FS1)
- Group C: Spain vs. Zambia (3:30 a.m. on FS1)
- Group B: Canada vs. Ireland (8 a.m. on FS1)
- Group E: USA vs. Netherlands (9 p.m. on Fox)
Thursday, July 27
- Group E: Portugal vs. Vietnam (3:30 a.m. on FS1)
- Group B: Australia vs. Nigeria (6 a.m. on FS1)
- Group G: Argentina vs. South Africa (8 p.m. on FS1)
Friday, July 28
- Group D: England vs. Denmark (4:30 a.m. on FS1)
- Group D: China vs. Haiti (7 a.m. on FS1)
Saturday, July 29
- Group G: Sweden vs. Italy (3:30 a.m. on FS1)
- Group F: France vs. Brazil (6 a.m. on FOX)
- Group F: Panama vs. Jamaica (8:30 a.m. on FOX)
Sunday, July 30
- Group H: South Korea vs. Morocco (12:30 a.m. on FOX)
- Group A: Switzerland vs. New Zealand (3 a.m. on FOX)
- Group A: Norway vs. Philippines (3 a.m. on FS1)
- Group H: Germany vs. Colombia (5:30 a.m. on FS1)
Monday, July 31
- Group C: Japan vs. Spain (3 a.m. on FOX)
- Group C: Costa Rica vs. Zambia (3 a.m. on FS1)
- Group B: Canada vs. Australia (6 a.m. on FOX)
- Group B: Ireland vs. Nigeria (6 a.m. on FS1)
Tuesday, August 1
- Group E: Portugal vs. United States (3 a.m. on FOX)
- Group E: Vietnam vs. Netherlands (3 a.m. on FS1)
- Group D: China vs. England (7 a.m. on FOX)
- Group D: Haiti vs. Denmark (7 a.m. on FS1)
Wednesday, August 2
- Group G: Argentina vs. Sweden (3 a.m. on FOX)
- Group G: South Africa vs. Italy (3 a.m. on FS1)
- Group F: Panama vs. France (6 a.m. on FOX)
- Group F: Jamaica vs. Brazil (6 a.m. on FS1)
Thursday, August 3
- Group H: South Korea vs. Germany (6 a.m. on FOX)
- Group H: Morocco vs. Colombia (6 a.m. on FS1)
When does Team USA play?
Team USA is in Group E, along with Vietnam, Portugal and the Netherlands. Each team plays one game against every member of the group. The team with the most points at the end of group play, along with the runner-up, moves on to the round of 16. Here’s Team USA’s schedule:
- Friday, July 21: USA vs. Vietnam, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Fox
- Wednesday, July 26: USA vs. Netherlands, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Fox
- Tuesday, Aug. 1: USA vs. Portugal, 3 a.m. ET (12 a.m. PT) on Fox
Can I watch live World Cup matches for free in the USA?
Not really. Many of the live TV streaming services, listed below, allow free trials that would allow you to watch games for free before having to pay for a subscription.
Peacock Premium is the cheapest way to stream all the games live, though the broadcasts are in Spanish as part of NBC’s Spanish-language coverage.
However, you will be able to watch full-length replays of the games in English minutes after they end on the free ad-supported streaming channel Tubi TV. You’ll have to sign up for an account on the service in order to get the games, but you won’t need a credit card or subscription.
How to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the tournament locally, you may need a different way to watch matches — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Australia, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 for free in the UK
Viewers in the US might not be able to watch the Women’s World Cup for free, but those in the UK can. Football fans in the UK are among the luckiest in the world, as all matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup are being shown live on free-to-air channels, with the BBC and ITV sharing broadcast duties. This therefore means all games will be available to stream for free on either BBC iPlayer or ITVX.