The elite men’s national sides of FIFA-affiliated countries compete in the FIFA World Cup. It gets a significant amount of interest every time and pulls more than 3.5 billion viewers globally as the most renowned football competition in the world. This year’s competition will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
Strong European teams, including the reigning champion France, Germany, Spain, Britain, and Netherlands, have also qualified. The Japanese national team, coached by Hajime Moriyasu, is currently on a five-game winning streak and is excitedly entering their sixth straight World Cup qualification.
If you are here to find out where to watch Qatar World Cup in Japan, read this guide to the last.
Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in Japan?
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is happening this month, and this is the first time it is in an Arab country. The broadcasting rights for Qatar World Cup are distributed among several streaming services, including Japanese services like Abema, Fuji TV, and NHK.
The best way to watch Qatar World Cup in Japan is on BBC. Since BBC is a geo-restricted streaming service, accessible only in the UK. You will need a VPN to access it from Japan. If you are looking for a local streaming option, Abema, NHK, and Fuji TV are your best alternatives.
How to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in Japan for free
Every match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be streamed on BBC iPlayer in the UK for free. Since BBC is not accessible in Japan, you will require a workable VPN on your side to access it. Follow these steps to watch Qatar World Cup in Japan for free:
- Sign up to ExpressVPN for BBC iPlayer (You’ll get three extra months free with a 12-month plan, plus a 30-day money-back guarantee)
- Download ExpressVPN on your devices of choice (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and more)
- Open the app and connect to a British server
- Now open BBC.com in your browser or in-app
- Search FIFA World Cup 2022 on BBC iPlayer from Japan
Watch Qatar World Cup 2022 in Japan| Detailed Explanation
Here are the detailed steps you need to follow the watch FIFA World Cup 2022 from Japan for free on BBC:
1- Get ExpressVPN for BBC iPlayer
You can get three extra months free of ExpressVPN with their annual plan. That’s 15 months for the price of 12. A single subscription supports five devices simultaneously and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
2- Download the ExpressVPN app on your device
ExpressVPN supports almost all devices, including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, and more. You can also use ExpressVPN on your smart TV or gaming consoles using their smart DNS.
3- Connect to a British Server
After downloading the ExpressVPN app, open up the ExpresVPN app and connect to a British server to get a British IP address. Since BBC is only accessible from the United Kingdom, you will need a British IP address to access it and watch FIFA World Cup 2022 from Japan for free.
After connecting to a British server, open BBC iPlayer in your browser or in-app and search for FIFA World Cup 2022 on BBC iPlayer from Japan. Now you can stream Qatar World Cup 2022 and enjoy.
Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 online in Japan
The FIFA World Cup will be televised live in Japan by Abema, Fuji TV, NHK, and TV Asahi. The qualifying and matches that will take place at various places simultaneously will all be televised live by these channels for free.
Abema is a Japanese live television streaming portal service that offers over-the-top television services to users in Japan. It is operated by the media firm Abema TV, Inc. The website mainly acts as a multi-channel internet television network. The fastest delivery of footage of crucial moments from each match and original content are just a few of the services that ABEMA will provide to help viewers enjoy the event. With the option to upgrade to a premium membership, viewers can access previous episodes on demand while still being able to watch most channels for free.
2- Fuji TV
Tokyo’s Odaiba neighborhood is home to the Japanese television station Fuji TV, owned and run by the Fuji Tv Group, Inc. It serves as the focal point of the Fuji Network System and the Fuji News Network (FNN).
Fuji Media Holdings Inc, a broadcasting corporation recognized by the Japanese Broadcasting Act, is the owner of Fuji Television. It was founded in October 2008. Formerly known as Fuji Television, Fuji Media Holdings was established in 1957.
NHK, commonly referred to as the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is a public broadcaster in Japan. The governmental corporation NHK is financed by the payments of consumers’ television license fees.
NHK runs two terrestrial television channels.
- NHK Educational TV; NHK General TV
Additionally, two satellite television channels are run by it.
- NHK BS1.
- NHK BS
The two NHK high-definition television channels are listed below.
- BS4K NHK.
- BS8K NHK
NHK was the first broadcaster to transmit in 8K and high-definition multiple sub-Nyquist sampling, sometimes called Hi-Vision.
4- TV Asahi
The TV Asahi Corporation is a subsidiary of the authorized broadcasting holding firm TV AsahiHoldings Corporation. The Asahi Shimbun Company controls, owns, and operates JOEX-DTV channel 5, which carries the TV Asahi brand. Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo is home to the station’s studios, which act as the flagship of the All-Nippon News Network.
Qatar World Cup 2022| Iconic Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the twenty-second FIFA World Cup started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. It is the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup that a World Cup has been inaugurated with a Quranic verse.
Morgan Freeman, best know as Red from The Shawshank Redemption, hosted the opening ceremony with his iconic voice with Ghanim Al-Muftah. Ghanim is a professional Qatari Youtuber with caudal regression syndrome, he was appointed the brand ambassador of the Qatar World Cup.
Ghanim opened the Qatar World Cup with Morgan Freeman by reciting verse 13, “Surat Al-Hujurat of the Holy Quran, “يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ”
Translation: O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allāh is the most righteous of you.
The opening ceremony was further distributed in seven segments, with every segment showing the Qatari and Internation culture and changing the wrong image of the Arab world. From vibrant lights to beautiful Arab songs, everything felt perfect and portrayed a welcoming environment.
The best part of the opening ceremony was, bringing back old memories of the FIFA World Cups along with forever iconic World Cup songs like Waka Waka, We Are One, Waving Flag, etc. La’eeb also came in to attend the guest at the opening ceremony, La’eeb is the official mascot for FIFA World Cup 2022.
La’eeb is from a parallel universe of mascots, and it encourages people to believe in themselves. Old World Cup mascots joined him to welcome the guest at the opening ceremony. The main event of the opening ceremony was Jung Kook’s performance of “Dreamers” with Fahad Al-Kubaisi.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 20, 2022
In the end, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, gave a speech on humanity. The opening ceremony ended with the official logo of the Qatar World Cup at the height of 15 meters and phenomenal fireworks.
Shakira was initially scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony, but she withdrew herself along with Dua Lipa on account of the human rights violation in Qatar and the country’s stance on LGBT movements.
The opening ceremony is considered to be the best in FIFA World Cup history, the event was attended by several high-profile guests, including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Crown Princes, Kings, Ministers, the Director General of WHO, and the Seceratary-General of the United Nations.
What Has Happened in the Qatar World Cup Till Date?
The opening ceremony of the Qatar World Cup was accompanied by Qatar vs. Ecuador match. It was the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, and Ecuador won it with two goals. The match looked one-sided as the Ecuadorian football team was more experienced than the Qataris.
In the second match, England devasted Iran with six goals and won the match. The English team dominated the ground with 79% of ball possession and 800 passes (approximately). On the other hand, the Iranians performed poorly, with fourteen fouls and two Yellow cards. Bukayo Saka scored two goals for England.
The third match had two teams of almost the same football caliber, it was the Netherlands vs. Senegal. Players from both sides gave their best to score a goal but couldn’t until Cody Gakpo gave an opening to his team Netherlands at the 84th minute. Cody’s goal was topped with another goal from Davy Klassen in the 99th minute of the game, and Senegal lost their first match.
USA vs. Wales was a nail bitting match. Both teams tried their best to score a goal, but the defense was too strong. However, the Americans remained dominant in the first half of the match, and Timothy Weah scored a goal for the USA just before half-time. Wales come with an attack strategy in the second half and shot several shots at the goalpost. Matt Turner stood like a wall between the goalpost and attackers from Wales.
Matt’s skills were put to the test when Walker Zimmerman tackled Bale from behind, which resulted in a penalty kick. Bale took the penalty kick and scored a goal to save his country from defeat.
The Qatar World Cup is full of surprises and setbacks. Modrich’s Croatia was unable to score a single goal against Morocco, which is unbelievable. The Croatian team played decently and won five corner kicks but was unable to score a goal. The match ended with 0-0 scores for both teams.
The second match of Qatar World Cup Day 4 was between mighty Germany and Japan. Football fans were expecting a spectacular performance from the German football side, and no one, including our team, had the idea of Japan winning the match. The Japanese team put 100% effort in the match and were able to beat Germany with one goal. This is the second upset in Qatar World Cup after Saudia Arabia defeated Messi’s Argentina.
The third match was between Spain and Costa Rica, and it went as per our expectations. It exceeded our expectations, to be honest. The Spanish team was quick and dominated Costa Rica from the very start of the match.
They were able to score seven goals against Costa Rica and didn’t conceive a single one. The Costa Rican team accepted defeat after the fourth goal and were unable to take a single shot at the Spanish goalpost. Spain played a world-class game and had 82% ball possession clubbed with 1045 passes.
The fourth match of Day 4 was between Belgium and Canada. The Canadian team performed extraordinarily but was unable to keep Belgium from scoring. Michy Batshuayi scored a goal just after halftime, and Belgium was in a leading position from them. The match ended 1-0, and Belgium won their first match in the Group stage.
some nail bitting match is expected when the Netherlands takes on Ecuador, and The Americans will go head to head against the British in USA vs. Eng.
The Qatar World Cup is on fire, and we are movie forward to the round of 16 with every single match. The Netherlands is looking to be the first team to enter the round of 16 in Qatar World Cup.
Argentina has defeated Mexico with 59% ball possession. We witnessed the magical Messi again when he scored the first goal in the match after halftime. Argentina’s victory was cemented with Fernandez’s goal in the 87th minute. Argentina will face Poland on December 1st, and the winner will be in the round of 16.
In the second match of Day 7, we had Japan vs. Costa Rica. The Costarican team easily defeated Japan with one goal. Both teams were given three yellow cards. In the third match, the Arab nation Morocco was against the Belgian team, who performed exceptionally in the qualifying matches.
Contrary to our expectations, Morocco defeated Belgium with two goals and will face Croatia in their next game. Belgium played a good game with 59% of ball possession, but luck was not on their side in this game.
Speaking of Croatia, the Croatian team easily defeated Canada with four goals. The Canadian team had a great start, with Davies scoring a goal for Canada in the second minute of the match. But the Canadian defense could not handle Croatian attackers, and Kramaric scored an equalizer in the 36th minute. Marko Livaja scored a goal for Croatia before halftime, giving the team a sense of relief. Andrej Kramaric scored another goal in the 70th minute, which was clubbed with Majer’s goal in extra time.
At the end of the day, we saw the clash of titans when Germany took on Spain, two of the best teams in football. Germany vs. Spain was the best match of the Qatar World Cup, both teams played their best football to score a victory, but the match resulted in a draw.
The Spanish team was dominant in the first half and kept the ball with them. They pressed the German defense several times but could put the ball in. There were a few attacks by the German team on Spains’s goalpost, but they were neutralized by the Spanish defenders.
After halftime, the Germans changed their strategy and put on an attacking stance in the game. The German team started attacking the Spanish goalpost and were knocking on the door hard. In the meantime, Morata was called in to break the German defense, and he did; Morata scored an opening goal for Spain in the 62nd minute.
After the Spanish goal, Germany was under pressure and tried its best to find an opportunity. In the 83rd minute, Niclas Fullkrug was able to score an equalizer bringing the score to 1-1 and keeping Germany in the Qatar World Cup. It was an outstanding match, and both teams played their best game to secure a position in the round of 16.
A Brief History of Japan in FIFA World Cups
Japan had participated in the FIFA World Cup six times, with their first appearance in 1998 (France), when they lost all three group games and placed 31st overall. They will participate in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 for the seventh time.
Japan defeated Colombia 2-1 in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup to become the first Asian nation to defeat a South American team. The team advanced to the Round of 16, where Belgium beat them by one goal (3-2).
Did Japan Qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022?
The Japanese team played their qualifying games in the AFC qualifying matches for Qatar World Cup and faced Saudia Arabia, Australia, China, etc. They performed exceptionally, won seven out of ten games, and only lost two matches against Oman and China.
There were no exceptional performances from the Japanese side, like multiple goals in a match, most goals by a player, etc. But with consistency and hard work, the Japanese team has made it to the Qatar World Cup and is placed in Group E.
Japan will face the four-time World Champions Germany on November 23 and will go head to head with Costa Rica on November 27th. On December 1, the Japanese team will play its last game in the group stage against three-time World Champions Spain.
Overall the Japanese team is considered weak against European football giants like Sweden, Finland, France, Denmark, and Poland. The odds are against the Japanese team, but let’s see what they have in store for us.
|Wed, Nov. 23||Germany vs. Japan||8 a.m.||Khalifa Int’l|
|Wed, Nov. 23||Spain vs. Costa Rica||11 a.m.||Al Thumama|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Japan vs. Costa Rica||5 a.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Spain vs. Germany||2 p.m.||Al Bayt|
|Thurs, Dec. 1||Japan vs. Spain||2 p.m.||Khalifa Int’l|
|Thurs, Dec. 1||Costa Rica vs. Germany||2 p.m.||Al Bayt|
Japanese Football Team Stats
- Current FIFA world ranking: No. 24
- Regional ranking: 2nd (AFC)
- World Cup titles: None
- World Cup appearances: 7
- How qualified: (AFC Third Round Group B winners: 7W-2L-1D)
- Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (Japan) since August 2018
- Key players: Takumi Minamino (Monaco / France), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal / England), Maya Yoshida (Schalke / Germany)
Japanese Football Team for Qatar World Cup 2022
- GK: Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg)
- GK: Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse)
- GK: Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truiden)
- DF: Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal)
- DF: Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale)
- DF: Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo)
- DF: Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale)
- DF: Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield Town)
- DF: Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04)
- DF: Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds)
- DF: Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart)
- DF: Ko Itakura (Borussia Monchengladbach)
- MF: Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes)
- MF: Takumi Minamino (Monaco)
- MF: Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad)
- MF: Hidemasa Morita (Sporting CP)
- MF: Wataru Endo (Stuttgart)
- MF: Junya Ito (Reims)
- MF: Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
- MF: Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)
- MF: Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt)
- MF: Ritsu Doan (Freiburg)
- MF: Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus)
- FW: Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge)
- FW: Takuma Asano (Bochum)
- FW: Daizen Maeda (Celtic)
Qatar World Cup 2022- Offical Song
The official theme song for FIFA World Cup 2022 was released on April 1st, 2022, on FIFA’s official Youtube channel and has gained more than 25 million views. The song is in Arabic language and is named Hayya Hayya, which means “Better Together.”
Qatar World Cup 2022- 2nd Offical Song “Light The Sky”
FIFA also released an all-ladies song, “Light The Sky” on October 7th, 2022, featuring Nora Fatehi from India, Balqees Ahmed Fathi from UAE, Rahma Riad from Iraq, and Manal Benchlikha from Morocco.
The song is written by “Nadir Khayat” better known as RedOne. Nadir is a Moroccan singer and song producer and is considered one of the most influential music producers in the business. He has worked with the best of the best in this industry, like Lady Gaga, Akon, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira.
Nadir has won three Grammy Awards and was nominated ten times. He was awarded Grammis Award for Producer of the Year.
Qatar World Cup 2022- 3rd Offical Song “Arhbo”
A third song by the name of “Arhbo” was released on FIFA’s official YouTube channel on August 20, 2022. The song was originally in Spanish and French, featuring Ozuna, GIMS. This song was created by Ozuna, GIMS, and RedOne.
An Arabic version of the song was later released on a private channel. The Arabic version of Arhbo is performed by Hasser Al Kubaisi, Ayed, and Haneen Hussein and directed by Hameed Al Bloushi and RedOne.
Qatar World Cup 2022- Start Date?
The Qatar World Cup 2022 was going to start on the 21st of November, but the starting date was changed to the 20th. Qatar will play its first football match against Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium after the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.
During the planning stage, the competition was arranged for winter in Qatar to shield participants and fans from the summer’s heat. Over a million fans are anticipated to see the 64 games of the event. Around the world, more than one billion people will watch the matches at home, while the grand finals are anticipated to draw more than 2 billion viewers.
World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums
The 64 matches of the tournament will take place across eight venues – Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.
Which teams have qualified for the Qatar World Cup 2022?
32 teams have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022, and Japan is among them. Here is a list of the teams you will see in the Qatar WC 2022:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United States
- Costa Rica
Frequently Asked Questions to watch FIFA World Cup in Japan
1- Where can I watch Qatar World Cup for free in Japan?
FIFA World Cup will be streaming on BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom for free of cost. Since BBC is a paid service, you need a workable VPN to change your IP address to a British IP and stream FIFA World Cup 2022 free from Japan.
2- Why do you need a VPN to watch Qatar World Cup for free from Japan?
Qatar World Cup will be streaming on BBC in the UK for free, and since BBC is a geo-restricted streaming service, you will need a British IP address to unblock BBC in Japan and watch FIFA World Cup from Japan.
3- Can I watch Qatar World Cup with a Free VPN?
Yes, you can try it! We have tested several free VPN services, and they didn’t work as per our standards. A free VPN does not give you the liberty of a dedicated server/IP, and you can face slow streaming or be unable to unblock BBC.
The best way out is to spend on a premium VPN service like ExpressVPN and watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in Japan without any hassle.
4- Where to get tickets for FIFA World Cup?
The tickets for every game are available on FIFA’s official website. The ticket price varies from category to category and game to game. All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) and are available at the ticket center in Doha or you can purchase them online. Here is the breakdown of the ticket prices for the Qatar World Cup:
Price in Dollar (2018 World Cup)
Price in QAR/Dollar (2022 World Cup)
|Opening match||$220-$550||QAR 250 ($69) – QAR 800 ($220)|
|Another group matches||$105-$210||QAR 250 ($69) – QAR 800 ($220)|
|Round of 16||$115-$245||QAR 350 ($96) – QAR 1000 ($250)|
|Quarterfinals||$175-$365||QAR 750 ($205) – QAR 1500 ($425)|
|Semi-Finals||$285-$750||QAR 1300 ($357) – QAR 3480 ($995)|
|Final||$175-$365||QAR 2200 ($605) – QAR 3650 ($1002)|
There are a total of four categories in the ticketing segment, with the fourth being the cheapest and reserved for Qatar residents. Here is a category breakdown of tickets in USD:
|Group Matches (2-48)||$220||$165||$69||$11|
|Round of 16 (49-56)||$275||$206||$96||$1+|
|Opening Match & Ceremony||$618||$440||$302||$55|
|Matches for 3rd/4th place||$426||$302||$206||$80|
Who is performing in the opening ceremony of the Qatar World Cup
Jung Kook, the BTS singer and Korean Pop-star, will perform at the Qatar World Cup opening ceremony just before the Ecuador-Qatar match. The opening ceremony will take place at 14:00 GMT on November 20.
Dua Lipa and “Waka Waka” singer Shakira has also been rumored to perform at the Qatar World Cup opening ceremony, but they are not confirmed. Dua Lipa denies her performance news at the World Cup in an Instagram post.
Bollywood actress Noora Fatehi, who appeared in the FIFA soundtrack “Light The Sky,” is also rumored to perform in the Qatar World Cup opening ceremony.
FIFA World Cup 2022| Fixtures
|Date||Group||Match Details||Time (ET)|
|November 20, 2022||A||Qatar vs Ecuador||11:00 am|
November 21, 2022
|A||England vs Iran||8:00 am|
|B||Senegal vs Netherlands||11:00 am|
|B||USA vs Wales||2:00 pm|
|November 22, 2022||C||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||5:00 am|
|C||Mexico vs Poland||11:00 am|
|D||Denmark vs Tunisia||8:00 am|
|D||France vs Australia||2:00 pm|
|November 23, 2022||E||Spain vs Costa Rica||11:00 am|
|E||Germany vs Japan||8:00 am|
|F||Belgium vs Canada||2:00 pm|
|F||Morocco vs Croatia||5:00 am|
|November 24, 2022||G||Brazil vs Serbia||2:00 pm|
|G||Switzerland vs Cameroon||5:00 am|
|H||Portugal vs Ghana||11:00 am|
|H||Uruguay vs South Korea||8:00 am|
|November 25, 2022||B||England vs USA||2:00 pm|
|B||Wales vs Iran||5:00 am|
|A||Qatar vs Senegal||8:00 am|
|A||Netherlands vs Ecuador||11:00 am|
|November 26, 2022||D||France vs Denmark||11:00 am|
|D||Tunisia vs Australia||5:00 am|
|C||Argentina vs Mexico||2:00 pm|
|C||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||8:00 am|
|November 27, 2022||F||Belgium vs Morocco||8:00 am|
|F||Croatia vs Canada||11:00 am|
|E||Spain vs Germany||2:00 pm|
|E||Japan vs Costa Rica||5:00 am|
|November 28, 2022||H||Portugal vs Uruguay||2:00 pm|
|H||South Korea vs Ghana||8:00 am|
|G||Brazil vs Switzerland||11:00 am|
|G||Cameroon vs Serbia||5:00 am|
|November 29, 2022||A||Netherlands vs Qatar||10:00 am|
|A||Ecuador vs Senegal||10:00 am|
|B||Wales vs England||2:00 pm|
|B||Iran vs USA||2:00 pm|
|November 30, 2022||C||Poland vs Argentina||2:00 pm|
|C||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||2:00 pm|
|D||Tunisia vs France||10:00 am|
|D||Australia vs Denmark||10:00 am|
|December 1, 2022||E||Japan vs Spain||2:00 pm|
|E||Costa Rica vs Germany||2:00 pm|
|F||Croatia vs Belgium||10:00 am|
|F||Canada vs Morocco||10:00 am|
|December 2, 2022||G||Cameroon vs Brazil||2:00 pm|
|G||Serbia vs Switzerland||2:00 pm|
|H||South Korea vs Portugal||10:00 am|
|H||Ghana vs Uruguay||10:00 am|
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