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How to watch the 2022 World Cup semi-final match between France and Morocco

How to watch the 2022 World Cup semi-final match between France and Morocco

How to watch the 2022 World Cup semi-final match between France and Morocco

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Morocco is in the semi-finals of the World Cup. These are words I never imagined typing at the start of the tournament, but here we are. They are the first African nation to make it this far in the tournament and have already won some incredible scalps along the way. Belgium, Spain and Portugal all fell by the wayside, but now Morocco face arguably the best team in the tournament, France.

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The talented France team are strong throughout, but their biggest threat is Kylian Mbappé. At 23, he is the current top scorer in the tournament and is surely the best player on the planet right now. Mbappé already has a World Cup and is looking to give France back-to-back wins – a huge deal, since no one has managed since Brazil in 1962.

At 23, Kylian Mbappé is already a World Cup winner.

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The France-Morocco match starts on Wednesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). The winner will face Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday, December 18. The loser will face Croatia in the third-place game on Saturday, December 17.

The remaining matches of the 2022 World Cup will be broadcast nationwide in the United States on Peacock and Fox, which is available on many live TV streaming services. Outside the United States, World Cup matches are broadcast by other streaming services, including the BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom, SBS in Australia, and TSN in Canada. But what if you’re traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the game, or just want an extra layer of privacy for streaming? There is an option that does not require searching the internet for a sketchy website: you can use a vpnor virtual private network.

Here’s how you can watch the France-Morocco match, and the rest of the 2022 World Cup, from anywhere in the world with a VPN.

When is the France-Morocco match?

France take on Morocco 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) Wednesday, December 14.

Elsewhere in the world, the game kicks off at 10 p.m. in Qatar, 7 p.m. in London, and on Thursday, December 15 at 4 a.m. in Tokyo and 6 a.m. in Sydney.

How to watch the France vs Morocco match online from anywhere using a VPN

If you are unable to view the match locally, this is where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to prevent your ISP from throttling your game day speeds by encrypting your traffic. Plus, it’s a great idea when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and connections.

With a VPN, you can virtually change your location on your phone, tablet, or laptop to access the game. So if your ISP or mobile carrier has blocked you with an IP address that says incorrectly your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can fix this problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, unobstructed zone. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPNmake it really easy to do.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in all countries where VPNs are legal, including the United States and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You need to make sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even when VPNs are legal, the streaming service can terminate the account of anyone it believes is circumventing properly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN offers is taking place at the moment.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN for people who want a reliable and secure VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 a month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% and get three months of free access – the equivalent of $6.67 a month – if you get an annual subscription.

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Stream the France vs Morocco match live in the United States

The France-Morocco match is on Fox in the US, so you’ll need a live tv streaming service who wears Fox. The cheapest service is Sling TV Blue.

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Of the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $40 per month. Note that Sling is currently running a promotion where the first month of service is half price ($20) for new subscribers.

An important caveat: Local Fox affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered by Sling’s agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off opting for one of the alternative services listed below.

Many others live tv streaming services also broadcast local Fox stations, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also offer more channels. Discover our guide to live tv streaming channels for more details.

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For Spanish-speaking US residents, Peacock broadcasts all World Cup matches live in Spanish. The remaining games will stream on its $5-a-month Peacock Premium subscription plan, not the free tier of the service.

Read our Peacock review.

Watch the France vs Morocco game for free in the UK

UK fans can watch all World Cup 2022 matches for free. The games are split between two channels, the BBC and ITV; the France-Morocco match is on the BBC. If you’re away from home in the UK, you can use a VPN like ExpressVPN to watch BBC iPlayer or ITVX (formerly ITV Hub) from anywhere.

Stream the France vs Morocco match of the 2022 World Cup in Australia

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Australian fans can stream all 64 World Cup games live for free using SBS On Demand, the streaming home of the country’s free-to-air television network. The service also offers full replays, mini-games and highlights.

In addition to the services and countries listed above, there are many other local matches hosting the 2022 World Cup. They include:

  • Argentina: TVP
  • Belgium: RTBF (French) and VRT (Dutch)
  • Brazil: TV Globo
  • Canada: TSN
  • France: TF1 and beIN Sports
  • Germany: ARD and ZDF
  • Hong Kong: PCCW
  • Japan: Dentsu
  • New Zealand: Sky
  • Spain: RTVE

Quick tips for streaming the 2022 World Cup using a VPN

  • With four variables in play – your ISP, browser, video streaming provider, and VPN – experience and success can vary.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as the default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for a city or country” option.
  • If you’re having trouble getting the game after turning on your VPN and setting it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure that the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file in your account. Second, some smart TVs – like Roku – don’t have VPN apps that you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll need to install the VPN on your router or whatever mobile hotspot you use (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with Smart TV services, after installing a cable network’s sports app, you will be asked to verify a numeric code or click on a link sent to your registered email address for your Smart TV . This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, as both devices will appear in the correct place.
  • And remember, browsers can often give away location despite using a VPN, so make sure you’re using a privacy-focused browser to connect to your services. We normally recommend Brave.

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