How to Watch FIFA Women’s World Cup and What to Look For

Chantel Buchi
Jul 19, 2023
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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 kicks off on Thursday, July 20, 2023, with the Final match on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

The Women’s World Cup takes place in both Australia and New Zealand, and New Zealand and Norway will kick off the competition at 1 a.m. (MT) on Thursday, July 20. 

The World Cup will air on FOX and FOX Sports (FS1) or Telemundo, Universo, and the streaming service Peacock TV for the Spanish audio. So we have a list of services below with these channels and ample DVR space for recording (besides Peacock).

Because unless you’re a diehard Norway fan willing to stay awake through the wee hours, you’ll have to set your recording before going to bed so you can watch it with your cup of coffee or tea in the morning.

How can I watch the World Cup?
Service
Monthly price
Available channels
Details
Fubo TV$74.99–$94.99140–215+
Hulu$69.99-$89.9985
Xfinity$20-$68.5*10-185
Dish Authorized Retailer$84.99-$114.99190-290
Sling$40-$5532-46
PeacockTV$5.99-$119.99NA
Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Pricing for some packages are for the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1-year contract.
All offers require credit qualification, 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutoPay.
Change plans anytime.

fuboTV has FOX, FS1, Telemundo, Universo, and 50 other sports channels. Hulu + Live TV has the FOX, FS1, and Telemundo channels, and this live TV streaming service comes bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+. 

Xfinity TV is the best cable TV provider and has FOX, FS1, and Telemundo in its channel lineup. DISH TV is best for families who want traditional television and has FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and Universo.

Sling TV is best for those who want to save money, and you’ll find FS1 and FOX with this streaming service. And Peacock TV gives access to all World Cup games in Spanish audio.

Why should you watch the Women’s World Cup?

It’s the biggest women’s sporting event in the world. And the tournament organizers have reason to believe this will be the best Women’s World Cup yet, as it gets increasingly popular every four years. 

The 2023 Women’s World Cup has sold a record-high 1M+ tickets, but it’s predicted to reach 1.5M, a 25% increase from 2019. 

It’s also forecasted that the tournament viewership numbers will reach 2B, a 90% increase from 2019. 

And if that hasn’t piqued your interest in the event yet, this just might:

Did you know that our very own US women’s national team is the best soccer team in the world?

They’re reigning champions after winning the 2019 World Cup and have won the competition for a record four times. If you didn’t know, this is almost unheard of in the world of soccer—including men’s. And now the USWNT are going for their fifth title, and they’re one of the top contenders.

If you’re impressed like I am, you’re now invested and need the FOX and FS1 channels by Friday, July 21, when they play their first game of the tournament against Vietnam. Similar to tennis tournaments, the World Cup has preliminary rounds (three) before advancing to the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the big final.

The USWNT got a historic pay raise

A prominent story going into the 2023 World Cup for the US national women’s soccer team is the equal pay they’ve been fighting for for years.

In February 2022, the women won $24M in an equal pay settlement and now get the same check amount as the men. 

As with WNBA and NBA pay dispute, most claim that the NBA makes a lot more money than WNBA—which is true. But it baffles me that the women’s soccer team was denied equal pay until now, given that the USWNT has won the World Cup four times and the men have won none, let alone advance to the final. 

And might I add, the men’s World Cup began in 1930 and the women’s World Cup in 1991.

Our very own USWNT team is the best national team in FIFA

The Women’s World Cup has been held eight times since 1991, and the USWNT has won half of those. And they’re simultaneously looking dominant entering the 2023 World Cup tournament. And let me throw another awe-inspiring fact at you: 

They’ve never finished worse than third place in those eight World Cup tournaments. 

The US women’s soccer team is +225 favorites in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, followed by England, Germany, Spain, and France. 

The USWNT has a strong World Cup roster mixed with 23 new and veteran players—the most notable being Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan (captain), and Lindsey Horan (captain). 

Megan Rapinoe has played in three World Cups, two of those winning gold, and will call the 2023 World Cup her last as she retires at the end of the NSWL season in October.

Alex Morgan has 121 international goals under her belt, which is the seventh-best of all time and is also looking to win her third WWC trophy. Lindsey Horan, another veteran of the 2019 World Cup, was named captain when Becky Sauerbrunn announced she would miss the World Cup due to a foot injury.

There are a few young players to watch out for in this World Cup and onward, such as Alyssa Thompson. At 18, she is the second-youngest player ever named to the World Cup roster. 

So, which countries does this incredible USA team have to keep their eye out for?

Who is USA’s biggest competition in the World Cup 2023?

While the USA team is +225 favorite, England is +375, Germany is +650, Spain is +700, and France is +800.

England is a strong contender, but they’re unfortunately missing some outstanding star players due to injury, such as Leah Williamson, the now former captain, Beth Mead, and Fran Kirby. And they’ve all been taken out by an ACL injury. 

But Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter are two players capable of taking them to glory. 

Germany is the second most successful country in Women’s World Cup history, winning the trophy twice consecutively.

Alexandra Pop was named Germany’s top female player twice, and she tied for a record-high of six goals at the Euro 2022. Kathrin Hendrich as a defender and Lina Magull on offense will also be forces.

I’m surprised Spain is predicted to be one of the top teams, given they had to go through a restructuring. Fifteen players announced their resignation from the Women’s World Cup because of coaching staff problems. 

So 35% of the original roster is still on the team, and the key Spanish players to watch are Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati, and Ona Batlle. 

France has a stacked lineup with Kadidiatou Diani, Sandy Baltimore, Delphine Cascarino, Sakina Karchaoui, and Selma Bacha. But my hunch is that their odds are a little lower than one might expect because of their new manager. 

Hervé Renard recently became manager of France’s women’s national team in April—yes, just three months ago. But there’s a chance this team gets the new coach effect and performs admirably after releasing a manager that the French players didn’t get along with.

You can watch the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on FOX and FOX Sports (FS1) or Telemundo, Universo, and the streaming service Peacock TV for the Spanish audio. Get these channels with fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Xfinity TV, DISH TV, and Sling TV.

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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