How to Watch FIFA World Cup in Turkey (2022)


International football returns as the best teams from all across the globe compete for the title of football’s best national team in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. As France looks eager to become repeat champions, nations like Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, and others are determined to claim the winning title for themselves.

While Turkey again failed to advance past the UEFA play-offs, the hype for the 2022 World Cup among Turkish football fans hasn’t died down. In fact, you’re here to know all about watching the FIFA World Cup in Turkey, so let’s jump right into it.

How to Watch FIFA World Cup in Turkey?

FIFA World Cup in Turkey

Turkey’s national public broadcaster, TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation), has the coverage rights to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Since the European Broadcasting Union holds the license, Turkish viewers can watch all 64 World Cup fixtures on TRT’s free-to-air stations, such as TRT 1 and TRT Spor.

Whether you have a Digitturk, D-Smart, KabloTV, or Teledünya connection, these channels are likely available through your existing TV plan. If you can’t find the public TRT stations in your TV guide, we suggest consulting with your provider.

Assuming you have a 4K TV and a compatible Türksat set-top box, you can also tune into TRT 4K to experience the FIFA World Cup like never before. The availability of the channel depends on your satellite provider and hardware.

Where to Stream FIFA World Cup in Turkey?

S-Sport, Turkey’s premium sports streaming service, previously offered live and on-demand coverage of the European qualifiers. However, it doesn’t have streaming rights to the 2022 Qatar World Cup games.

Fortunately, you can use TRT’s OTT streaming app, TRT iZLE, to access the live broadcasts of the TRT stations broadcasting the World Cup. The best part is that it’s free to use and doesn’t need you to pay a premium on a monthly or annual subscription. Furthermore, creating an account is optional.

You can install TRT iZLE on your Android smartphone or tablet (Android 4.4 and up) from the Google Play Store. It’s also available on the App Store for iPhones and iPads (iOS / iPadOS 12.0 or later). If you’re using a Windows PC or Mac, visit from your favorite web browser (e.g., Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox) to watch the fixtures live.

The latest app update also brings Chromecast and AirPlay support so you can celebrate every goal with your family on the big screen. The only downside is that the stream quality only goes up to HD (720p) for the live stations.

Watch FIFA World Cup in Turkey with English Commentary

Whether you’re an ex-pat living in Turkey or grew up watching international football with the play-by-plays and match analysis of English and American talents, you might be disappointed that TRT is only broadcasting the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Turkish commentary.

Sadly, neither Turkic TV channels nor streaming platforms will be offering English-language coverage of the event. In this situation, VPNs come very handy as they allow users to bypass geo-blocking on sites that enforce such restrictions, streaming services, for example.

For those who don’t know, BBC and ITV share telecast and streaming rights to this year’s World Cup in the United Kingdom. UK residents can stream the matches live on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub (soon to be rebranded to ITVX) without a subscription. However, both streaming services remain inaccessible to other countries due to licensing disputes.

Using a VPN or Virtual Private Network, you can circumvent these geo-restrictions and stream the English-language World Cup broadcasts on your device. Simply sign up for any respectable VPN provider of your choice, set up the VPN client, connect to a UK server, and enjoy the best moments in football in your preferred language.

And if you don’t mind watching the on-demand replays of the World Cup games, we highly recommend giving Tubi a try. Not only is this American streaming service ad-supported, but you can also stream all 64 matches in up to 4K resolution. With VPN, you can connect to a private US server and have unrestricted access to the site from Turkey.

Although Turkey authorities recently began blocking access to VPN services, using them isn’t considered illegal. Hence, you don’t have to worry about getting in serious legal trouble for using a VPN, especially if it’s for watching one of the biggest football tournaments in four years. Still, we’d advise you to stick with the local options if you’re not comfortable with the idea.

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Bottom Line

Above, we’ve provided all the ways you can watch FIFA World Cup in Turkey. In summary, you can catch the live Turkish broadcasts of the games on the TRT channels or use their over-the-top streaming service, TRT iZLE, to stream the World Cup on your smartphone, tablet, TV, or computer.

We’ve also discussed alternative options that offer free English coverage of the matches but require the use of a VPN. If you have any doubts, we’ll be in the comments section to clear them.

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