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What time are the World Cup games in the US?

With a World Cup on the other side of the planet, it is a fair question to ask what time the World Cup games start in the US. From Doha to New York, it is a seven-hour difference.

As the upcoming 2022 World Cup is all set to be played in Qatar, matches will air here Stateside at a bit of an unusual time. Fortunately, these kickoff times are consistent throughout the tournament. You can rely on games starting at the same four times every day throughout the tournament.

During the group stage, when there are four games every day, the World Cup games are at consistent times for the most part. The following are all relative to the Eastern Time zone.

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What time are the World Cup games for US viewers?

The first games start at 5 a.m. ET, with other games following at 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET Of course, Americans in different time zones must make the ensuing adjustments to that schedule based on where they live.

Those living on the west coast may need to set their DVRs to record the earlier games. The beginning matches of each matchday will start at 2:00AM in the Pacific Time Zone.

To complicate matters, there are a few exceptions to these group stage matches.  The opening game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador will be played at 11 a.m. ET on Nov. 20. This matchup will be the only game of that particular day. Then, on the following day, there is no game scheduled for the 5 a.m. ET slot. Therefore, the first game on Nov. 21 is at 8 a.m. ET, then 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET

Complexity continues in the third and final round of the group stage. There are still four games over the last four days of the group stage. However, these are over two time slots. FIFA does this in an attempt to avoid match fixing between teams. Two games start at 10 a.m. ET, while another group has two games at 2 p.m. ET the same day.

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Luckily, scheduling gets a bit easier to follow once the…

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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2022-09-13 23:00:47

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