San Antonio soccer fans join the Men’s World Cup’s global audience

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WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES

From home

Because of the nine hour time difference between Qatar and Texas, some of the games will be broadcast in San Antonio in the early morning — as early as 4 a.m. or 7 a.m.

Given the cold weather, it makes sense if you prefer to watch any of the games in the warmth and comfort of home (especially if bars and restaurants won’t be open at those times).

If you’re at the office and can’t get away, you can watch them on a smartphone or computer. Just don’t let it disrupt your productivity.

NPR offers several options for where to watch the games on TV and where to stream them online.

From bars or restaurants

Based on the calendar of games, there are several spots in San Antonio that plan Men’s World Cup watch parties, though most bars and restaurants will likely have at least one TV tuned to the afternoon games, depending on their business hours. All times CST.

More options will be added as details come in. Let TPR know about your event at news@tpr.org.

Check out the watch parties in Austin and Houston too.

Thursday, Nov. 24Switzerland v. Cameroon 4 a.m. / Uruguay v. South Korea 7 a.m.Portugal v. Ghana 10 a.m. / Brazil v. Serbia 1 p.m.

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The New York Times: The New RecruitsThe Guardian: From Neymar to Jesus, Brazil’s brilliant forwards can turn any match in QatarAssociated Press: Brazil getting ready to dance at the World Cup

Friday, Nov. 25Wales v. Iran 4 a.m. / Qatar v. Senegal 7 a.m.Netherlands v. Ecuador 10 a.m. / England v. USA 1 p.m.

Smoke BBQ + SkyBar: 501 East Crockett St. / Starts at 11 a.m. / More info hereBig Hops Shaenfield: 7915 W Loop 1604 N Ste 112 / Starts at noon / More info hereChicken N Pickle: 5215 UTSA Blvd / Starts at noon / More info hereK?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereDave & Busters: Store locator / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

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The Guardian: My generation of US players was jealous of cocky England. Beating them was a joyAssociated Press: ‘Angry’ Van Gaal looking for a joyous World Cup farewell

Saturday, Nov. 26Tunisia v. Australia 4 a.m. / Poland v Saudi Arabia 7 a.m.France v. Denmark 10 a.m. / Argentina v. Mexico 1 p.m.

Chicken N Pickle: 5215 UTSA Blvd / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereGrand Tequila: 8723 State Highway 151 / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereK?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereDave & Busters: Store locator / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

Sunday, Nov. 27Japan v. Costa Rica 4 a.m. / Belgium v. Morocco 7 a.m.Croatia v. Canada 10 a.m. / Spain v. Germany 1 p.m.

Dave & Busters: Store locator / Starts at 10 a.m. / More info hereK?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

Monday, Nov. 28Cameroon v. Serbia 4 a.m. / South Korea v. Ghana 7 a.m.Brazil v. Switzerland 10 a.m. / Portugal v. Uruguay 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29Netherlands v. Qatar 9 a.m. / Ecuador v. Senegal 9 a.m.Wales v. England 1 p.m. / Iran v. USA 1 p.m.

Smoke BBQ + SkyBar: 501 East Crockett St. / Starts at 11 a.m. / More info hereRoadmap Brewing Co: 723 N. Alamo / Starts at 12:30 p.m. / More info hereK?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereDave & Busters: Store locator / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

Wednesday, Nov. 30Tunisia v. France 9 a.m. / Australia v. Denmark 9 a.m.Poland v. Argentina 1 p.m. / Saudi Arabia v. Mexico 1 p.m.

Chicken N Pickle: 5215 UTSA Blvd / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereK?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info hereDave & Busters: Store locator / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

Related coverageThe Atlantic: The Sumptuous Minimalism of Lionel Messi

Thursday, Dec. 1Croatia v. Belgium 9 a.m. / Canada v. Morocco 9 a.m.Japan v. Spain 1 p.m. / Costa Rica v. Germany 1 p.m.

K?nstler Brewing: 302 East LaChapelle / Starts at 1 p.m. / More info here

Friday, Dec. 2South Korea v. Portugal 9 a.m. / Ghana v. Uruguay 9 a.m.Cameroon v. Brazil 1 p.m. / Serbia v. Switzerland 1 p.m.

Round of 16 gamesDec. 3 to Dec. 6

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The New York Times: How Teams Can Advance to the Round of 16

QuarterfinalsDec. 9 to Dec. 10

SemifinalsDec. 13 to Dec. 14

Third place playoffDec. 17, 9 a.m.

FinalDec. 18, 9 a.m.

Stout House TPC: 22810 US Highway 281 / Starts at 9 a.m. / More info here

PAST GAMES AND ANALYSIS

PEDRO NUNES

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United States fans wearing fancy dresses during the U.S.-Wales game on Nov. 21, 2022.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Qatar 0 — Ecuador 2

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Netherlands fan during the Senegal-Netherlands on Nov. 21, 2022.

Monday, Nov. 21: England 6 — Iran 2 / Senegal 0 — Netherlands 2 / USA 1 — Wales 1

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90Min: England – Iran breaks record for longest World Cup gameThe Guardian: USA’s European elite sparkle then fizzle on World Cup return against WalesAssociated Press: Women’s protests overshadow Iran’s World Cup lossAssociated Press: Saka, Rashford help England rout Iran 6-2 at World CupKUT: Texans to play key roles in U.S. men’s World Cup return

HANNAH MCKAY

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A U.S. fan in the stands before the U.S.-Wales game on Nov. 21, 2022.

Tuesday, Nov. 22Argentina 1– Saudi Arabia 2 / Denmark 0 — Tunisia 0 Mexico 0 — Poland 0 / France 4 — Australia 1

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The Guardian: Giroud equals Henry’s goal record as France survive scare to thrash AustraliaAssociated Press: Mexico and Poland play out 0-0 draw at World CupAssociated Press: Frappart becomes 1st woman ref for men’s World Cup matchThe Athletic: Lionel Messi on Argentina’s shock defeat by Saudi Arabia — ‘There are no excuses’The Guardian: Where does Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina rank in World Cup shocks?The Washington Post: Saudi Arabia shocks Argentina with a World Cup upset for the history booksThe Guardian: Saudi Arabia stun Argentina as Salem al-Dawsari winner crowns comebackAssociated Press: Messi enters World Cup as Argentina plays Saudi Arabia

DYLAN MARTINEZ

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A Senegal fan in the stands before the Senegal-Netherlands game on Nov. 21, 2022.

Wednesday, Nov. 23Morocco v. Croatia 4 a.m. / Germany v. Japan 7 a.m.Spain v. Costa Rica 10 a.m. / Belgium v. Canada 1 p.m.

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BACKGROUND

What is the Men’s World Cup?

The FIFA Men’s World Cup is the global soccer championship that brings together teams representing dozens of nations — 32 nations this year, including the United States — to compete for the FIFA World Cup trophy. Teams spend about two years trying to qualify to play in the World Cup.

FIFA stands for “F?d?ration Internationale de Football Association,” which is the international association that manages the games. The tournament has been played every four years since the 1930s (the 1942 and 1946 championships were canceled because of World War II).

Usually, one country hosts the games. Competition between nations to be selected is often fierce, and the final decision is usually controversial. The U.S. hosted the games in 1994. Russia hosted the last World Cup in 2018. This year, Qatar, a nation on the Persian Gulf, is the host.

In 2002, for the first time, multiple countries — Japan and South Korea — shared the hosting honors. In 2026, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will share the games among 17 cities — including Houston and Arlington.

Sergei Karpukhin

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino, right, welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — as soccer’s governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia.

The World Cup usually takes place in the summer, but because of Qatar’s heat, the 2022 games were moved into the winter, from mid November to mid December.

FIFA’s selection of Qatar was one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory. Qatar is a conservative nation governed by Islamic law, and its record on human rights, rights for women, rules on gender equality, and rights for workers (who spent more than a decade building the World Cup facilities) have been the focus of scrutiny and condemnation.

What is the Women’s World Cup?

FIFA’s Women’s World Cup is also held every four years. The U.S. team won the 2019 faceoff with the Netherlands — the U.S. team has won the trophy four times. The next one is in 2023, from July 20 to Aug. 20. Australia and New Zealand will host that competition — the first time two nations host the women’s games.

The Women’s World Cup was established in 1991 as a 12-team tournament. In 2023, it will feature teams from 32 nations — a reflection of the massive growth and popularity of women’s soccer around the world.

Some fans consider the Women’s World Cup — in terms of skill, intelligence of strategy and tactics, and overall quality of teams — far superior to the men’s championship.

The Women’s World Cup has endured and fought against systemic FIFA problems, most notably huge differences in award money.

MORE RESOURCES

NPR and The Texas Newsroom

Other news coverage

The New York Times: Peek Inside a $200-a-Night ‘Room’ at the World Cup in QatarThe Washington Post: The beautiful game is fine. Suitcases full of cash are better.The New York Times: England Had a Game, but First Its Fans Had a Quest. For Beer.The Atlantic: A Kid’s-Eye View of the U.S. vs. ‘Whales’The Guardian: LGBTQ+ fans are sad about Harry Kane’s armband – but we’re tired of being political footballsAssociated Press: FIFA orders World Cup referees to add time at end of gamesAssociated Press: American fans give up Thanksgiving to travel to World CupScientific American: How Will Men’s World Cup Soccer Players Cope with Qatar Heat?The Washington Post: Rainbow-wearing soccer fans refused entry, confronted at Qatar World CupScientific American: Men’s World Cup Soccer Ball, the Al Rihla, Has the Aerodynamics of a ChampionDezeen: Week envisions Qatar World Cup migrant worker memorial to “reflect the scale of the humanitarian disaster”Business Insider: I’ve refereed World Cup soccer games. You have to avoid social media or it will ruin your life.The New York Times: What Is Offside in Soccer?The Guardian: Keyboard shortcuts and a poker face — How to watch the World Cup at workThe New York Times: The 2022 World Cup is being hosted in Qatar, which, as everyone knows, is pronounced …Associated Press: World Cup teams nix armbands that were seen as snub to QatarThe Guardian: Maradona revisited — on his drugs ban, Berlusconi and ‘the suffocating love of Naples’

CARL RECINE

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A flag displaying former Argentina player Diego Maradona in the stadium before the Argentina-Saudi Arabia game on Nov. 22, 2022.

Qatar: The human cost of a championship

The New Yorker: The Dark Side of the World CupThe Guardian: Stadiums of shame — the numbers World Cup hosts Qatar don’t want to be seenThe Guardian: This World Cup is about much more than football. I’ve seen the human costThe New York Times: The World Cup’s Forgotten TeamBBC News: Families seek answers over migrant worker deathsThe Guardian: A game of two halves — How ‘sportswashing’ benefits Qatar and the West 

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