How to Watch FIFA World Cup in South Africa (2022)


The world’s best football players prepare to make a big spectacle as the FIFA World Cup kicks off this November. It’s the first time the tournament takes place at the end of the year and takes its first step in the Arab world.

This year, top talents from 32 nations show their sheer footballing excellence as they fight for the championship. Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal represent the African continent at the Qatar World Cup. Sadly, South Africa isn’t joining the others after their decisive defeat to Ghana in the qualifying stage.

Assuming you still look forward to watching the tournament, this guide is for you. Below we’ve discussed all the options you have to watch FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

How to Watch FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Watch FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Last year, FIFA reached a broadcast deal with SuperSport. If you didn’t know, SuperSport is one of the most popular sports networks in the Sub-Saharan African region, including South Africa. It’s broadcasting all 64 games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup live on TV.

HD coverage will be across multiple SuperSport pay-television channels with post-game analysis, supplementary content, and much more to keep with the tournament’s grand scale. If you can’t access the stations, odds are your existing GOtv, DStv, or Canal+ doesn’t include SuperSport. You’ll need to pay for the network separately.

SABC, the free-to-air public TV network in South Africa, has also acquired simulcast rights to select FIFA World Cup fixtures. You can catch them live across their SABC 1 and SABC Sports channels.

New World TV, the French-language network in Sub-Saharan Africa, will too broadcast all the matches of the Qatar World Cup 2022 with French commentary on New World Sport 1 and New World Sport 2 channels.

Where to Stream FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

All 64 games from the 2022 FIFA World Cup are streaming on Showmax Pro in South Africa. For those unaware, it’s an exclusive streaming service for Showmax subscribers, offering entertainment, news, music channels, and live sports. With language options and an array of on-demand programming, watching the World Cup online in South Africa has never been this easy.

On Showmax Pro, subscribers can stream not only the World Cup live with English commentary but also the half-time chats, studio presentations, wraps of the day, and more, courtesy of SuperSport. For the duration of the event, Showmax will also provide enhanced data and score coverage, including in-depth expert analysis, heat maps, team and player data, short-form highlights, and much more on the 24-hour live station.

Additionally, on-demand programming in the build-up to the FIFA tournament is available on Showmax Pro. It includes shows and docuseries like Countdown to Qatar, The FIFA World Cup 2022 Magazine Show, FIFA: Etched in Gold, 2022 FIFA World Cup: The Journey, Gold Stars: The Story of the FIFA World Cup, and more.

By subscribing to any package between Compact and Premium, you can catch all the World Cup matches on Showmax Pro. Note that the entry-level plans offer access to only select fixtures. Here are all the compatible devices you can stream the 2022 World Cup on via Showmax Pro:

  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • iPhone and iPad
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Samsung Smart TVs (2017 or later)
  • LG webOS TVs (2014 or newer)
  • Hisense Smart TVs (select models)
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

The Showmax app on Android and iOS supports Chromecast and AirPlay, meaning you can use your mobile device to cast the football streams on a supported TV. If you don’t have a smart TV, you can connect your PC or laptop to your big screen over an HDMI cable and watch the event on Showmax Pro through your preferred web browser.

For DStv Subscribers

DStv customers who already have SuperSport in their current plan can use the official DStv app for streaming the 2022 World Cup games live and on-demand. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, and Apple TV. Once you install it on your preferred device, you can sign in with your DStv credentials and enjoy the event.

Stream FIFA World Cup in South Africa for Free

Using a VPN, you can access geo-blocked OTT services in countries where the 2022 FIFA World Cup is streaming for free. It includes the likes of BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub (or ITVX) in the UK, SBS TV in Australia, and Tubi (on-demand only) in the US.

While the following services are usually inaccessible outside their territories of operation, a VPN can help you get past the restrictions. Simply purchase a VPN subscription, create an account, install the client app on your device(s), and log in with your account details.

After that, the last thing to do is connect to a VPN server in a country where the over-the-top platform you wish to access offers its services. Almost every premium VPN provider offers US, UK, and Australian servers. Still, we recommend checking out the provider’s list of servers before buying a subscription.

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Wrapping up

Here we’ve detailed all the options that’ll allow you to watch FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Watching the World Cup online in South Africa for free is possible with a VPN, as we’ve highlighted above. If you wish to learn more beyond what this handy guide covers, please ask away in the comments section.

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