The worldwide soccer tournament known as the “World Cup” takes place every four years. Football teams from around the globe compete for the coveted trophy. Not surprisingly, it is estimated that 10 times as many people watch the World Cup as watch the NFL Super Bowl football championship in the United States.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), is the worldwide governing body for the international game of football, known as soccer in the United States. The FIFA Museum in Zurich, Switzerland holds a vast collection of FIFA memorabilia. Their exhibits showcase the history of football and the championship FIFA World Cup games. If you can’t make it to the museum, take a virtual tour of FIFA Museum (english)
2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
This year’s tournament is being held in Qatar, a small country in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf (next to Saudi Arabia). The World Cup usually takes place in summer. However, due to the extreme heat in Qatar in summer, the 2022 games are taking place in winter.
The 2022 World Cup takes place from November 20 to December 18, 2022. Here are the key dates:
- Opening Ceremony: Sunday, November 20
- Group stage (32 teams): November 20-Dec. 2 (Update: November 29, US won v Iran 1-0)
- Round 16: Dec. 3-6 (Update: December 3, US v Netherlands at 7AM PST)
- Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
- Semi-finals: Dec. 13-14
- Third-place match: Dec. 17
- WC Final: Sunday, Dec. 18
On game days, World Cup Qatar 2022 game times are at 7:00 AM PST (10:00AM EST) and 11:00 AM PST (2:00 PM EST). In the group stage, the number of teams is reduced from 32 to 16. The United States soccer team group stage matches are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, November 21 — USA vs. Wales at 11 a.m. PST
- Friday, November 25 – USA vs. England at 11 a.m. PST
- Tuesday, November 29 – USA vs. Iran at 11 a.m. PST
Depending on the results, the U.S. team may advance to Round 16 and then on to the finals matches.
FIFA World Cup – Seattle viewing information
FOX is broadcasting World Cup soccer games in the Puget Sound region. FOX 13 Seattle is airing many of the biggest matchups, including the U.S. men’s team. FOX Sports network will air all 64 World Cup matches live across FOX, FS1, and livestreaming on the FOX Sports App. More info: World Cup (q13fox.com) and World Cup 2022: A viewer’s guide to soccer’s biggest tournament (q13fox.com)
Listed below are World Cup Qatar 2022 watch parties and other select locations in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.
Sounders FC World Cup 2022 watch parties at Seattle Center
Sounders FC FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 watch parties at Seattle Center Armory. All ages. Free Event; first-come, first-seated (arrive early, capacity is limited). Join Sounders at this public watch party for the final game of World Cup Qatar 2022. Food & drink will be available for purchase on-site along with the opportunity for giveaways and a chance to win prizes. The first 1,500 guests to enter each watch party can receive a Sounders-themed World Cup rally towel, while the first 300 Sounders FC Season Ticket Members in attendance will receive an exclusive Sounders-themed World Cup long-sleeve t-shirt. Games dates and times are listed below. More info: World Cup Watch Parties | SoundersFC.com
- 11/21. USA vs. Wales. Game: 11 a.m. PT. Doors: 9 a.m.
- 11/25. USA vs. England. Game: 11 a.m. PT. Doors: 9 a.m.
- 11/29. USA vs. Iran. Game: 11 a.m. PT. Doors: 9 a.m.
- 12/3. USA vs. The Netherlands. Game: 7 a.m. Doors: 6:30 a.m.
- 12/18. World Cup Final (TBD). Game: 7 a.m. Doors: 6:30 a.m.
Sounders FC World Cup Final watch party at Seattle Center
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. Seattle Center Armory. All ages. Free Event; first-come, first-seated (arrive early, capacity is limited). Join Sounders at this public watch party for the final game of World Cup Qatar 2022. Food & drink will be available for purchase on-site along with the opportunity for giveaways and a chance to win prizes. The first 1,500 guests to enter each watch party can receive a Sounders-themed World Cup rally towel, while the first 300 Sounders FC Season Ticket Members in attendance will receive an exclusive Sounders-themed World Cup long-sleeve t-shirt. More info: FIFA 2022 World Cup Final : Watch Party (seattlecenter.com)
Select soccer bars and pubs in Seattle
(Listed alphabetically by city or location, Seattle listed roughly north to south by neighborhood)
Issaquah: Malarky’s Sports Grill, 1025 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste E-7 Issaquah, WA 98027
Kent: JPs Taproom & Grill, 13038 SE Kent Kangley Rd, Kent, WA 98030
Kent: Gators Sports Bar and Grill, 21609 84th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032
Seattle/Roosevelt: The Atlantic Crossing Pub, 6508 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Seattle/Greenlake: St. Andrews Bar & Grill, 7406 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA
Seattle/Ballard: Ballard Loft, 5105 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Seattle/Ballard: The Taproom at Reubens Brews, 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Seattle/Fremont: Fremont Dock Sport Bar & Grill, 1102 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle/ Fremont: LTD Bar & Grill, 309 N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
Seattle/Fremont: George And Dragon Pub, 206 N 36th St. Seattle WA 98103
Seattle/Phinney: Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle/Queen Annee: Queen Anne Beerhall, 203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119
Seattle/Pike Market: Kells Seattle | Irish Restaurant & Bar, 1916 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle/Capitol Hill: Rhein Haus, 912 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle/Atlantic: Wonder Coffee & Sports Bar, 1800 S Jackson, Seattle WA 98144
Seattle/Columbia City: Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3820 S Ferdinand St (between S Rainier Ave & S 39th Ave), Seattle, WA 98118
Seattle/Georgetown: Marco Polo Bar & Grill, 5613 4th Ave S (between Findlay St & Orcas St), Seattle, WA 98108.
West Seattle/Morgan Junction: The Bridge, 6301 California Ave SW Seattle, Washington 98136
West Seattle/Gatewood: The Westy, 7908 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Tacoma: Doyle’s Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave South, Tacoma, WA. 98402
Vashon: Sporty’s, 17611 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070
Additional watch parties are listed in our calendar below.
Calendar of World Cup 2022 watch parties
Listed below are watch parties for the World Cup soccer championship in locations around the Puget Sound region.
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