How and when to watch football World Cup matches on Italian TV

Whether you plan on watching the games from the comfort of your home or in the company of other football fans, here’s all you need to know about catching the World Cup matches on Italian TV.

Football fan in front of TV
RAI, Italy’s public broadcaster, will air all World Cup matches, from the group stages right to the tournament’s December 18th final. Photo by Miguel ROJO / AFP

After months of back-to-back controversies and scandals, The 2022 Qatar World Cup kicked off on Sunday, November 20th. 

Matches will be played until Sunday, December 18th – the day of the final – at 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm or 8pm Italian time.

So how can football fans catch the games in Italy?

There are a number of options available, starting with watching the games on Italian television.

RAI, Italy’s public broadcaster, will air all World Cup matches – from the group stages right to the tournament’s final – with games being broadcast on Rai1, Rai2, Rai3 or RaiSport (channel 57). 

The above channels are available on all Italian TVs and viewing is free of charge. 

England fans celebrating a goal

Those looking to watch the games in the company of fellow football fans may be able to do so at their local sports bar. Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP

For those who might not have access to a TV, games will also be available on RAI’s streaming platform, RaiPlay, which can be accessed online at the following link or through the RaiPlay mobile app. 

Viewing will be free of charge, though users will be required to create their own RaiPlay account first.

It’s worth noting that, for the first time since 2002, RAI owns exclusive rights to the World Cup, which means that no other broadcaster (Sky, DAZN, Prime, etc.) will be able to air the matches.

RAI’s full group stage schedule can be found at the end of this article.

With that being said, World Cup tournaments aren’t just about football games. They’re also about sharing good and bad moments with other fans and being part of a wider football community.

If you’d rather watch the games in the company of locals or, perhaps, some of your fellow countrymen, your best bet would be to head down to your local sports bar.

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It goes almost without saying that there’s no shortage of bars broadcasting football matches in Italy, with even the smallest villages having at least one such venue.

So, we hope you enjoy the World Cup and may the best team win!

Quarter-finals TV schedule:

Friday, December 9th

4pm – Croatia-Brazil – Rai1, RaiPlay

8pm – Netherlands-Argentina – Rai1, RaiPlay

Saturday, December 10th 

4pm – Morocco-Portugal – Rai1, RaiPlay

8pm – England-France – Rai1, RaiPlay

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Italian Serie A Genoa match against Torino postponed after virus sweeps squad

Genoa's match against Torino on Saturday has been postponed after 15 team and staff members at the Ligurian club tested positive for coronavirus, the Lega Serie A confirmed on Thursday.

Italian Serie A Genoa match against Torino postponed after virus sweeps squad
Saturday's Genoa-Torino match was set to be one of the first to allow fans back into the stadium. Photo: AFP
The third-round match is the first in Serie A to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic after the championship started on September 19th.
And the postponement comes just days after the Italian government allowed stadiums to open to a limited number of fans.
Genoa had demanded that the match be pushed back as the squad were unable to train because they are all self-isolating at home.
And a meeting of the Extraordinary Council of the Lega Serie A confirmed the application of UEFA rules whereby a match can only take place as long as a
side have 13 healthy players, including a goalkeeper.
Goalkeeper Mattia Perin and midfielder Lasse Schoene missed Genoa's 6-0 Serie A defeat at Napoli on Sunday after contracting Covid-19, and 13 others
returned positive tests since the game.
The north-western port side published on Wednesday a list of 11 players and four staff members who had contracted the virus.
Torino president Urbano Cairo hit out at Italian football chiefs' slowness in deciding on how to proceed.
“The important thing is that a rule had to be established, like UEFA did some time ago by establishing when to play and when not to play,” Cairo told
Sky Sports Italia.
“La Liga for example adopted that rule and did it long ago. We are very late and this is a shame.
“I think it should have been done earlier because it was easy to predict that situations of this type could occur in autumn.
'Limit the spread'
Italian football federation president (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina insisted they had “always acted to protect health and will continue to do so”.
“Despite what has happened in recent days, the attention and responsibility put in place by the FIGC, the Leagues, the clubs and the referees have confirmed the seriousness of the world of football as a whole,” Gravina said.
There are also concerns about Napoli players, with eight of Genoa's 11 positive players taking to the field in Naples.
Napoli are due to play champions Juventus in Turin on Sunday.
A first round of swabs for the Napoli team came back negative, with a second round of testing set for Thursday.
In Italy, the first European country hit by the coronavirus, Serie A was suspended from early March, returning in mid-June to conclude the
The new season got underway with a maximum of 1,000 spectators allowed into stadiums.
Other teams have had individual cases with AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in quarantine after testing positive last week, leading to a debate over
whether the championship should be suspended.
Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora insisted, however, “the conditions to stop the season have not been met”.