San Antonio soccer fans join the Men's World Cup's global audience
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WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES
The final rounds of games are scheduled for either 9 a.m and 1 p.m. 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.
Several spots in San Antonio have consistently offered watch parties, and by now most fans have their favorite bars or restaurants. Given the intensifying popularity of the Men's World Cup since mid-November, most establishments that regularly televise sports events will likely have at least one TV tuned to the afternoon games, depending on their business hours. All times CST.
The businesses below have hosted watch parties in recent weeks. Check with them to see if they plan to offer any more, particularly on Dec. 17 and 18, when the final games will be played.
- Smoke BBQ + Skybar: 501 East Crockett St.
- Chicken N Pickle: 5215 UTSA Blvd.
- The Lucky Duck SATX: 810 North Alamo St.
- Roadmap Brewing Co.: 723 North Alamo
- Dave & Busters: Check location
- The Growler Exchange: 4130 Broadway St #2
- The Hangar Bar & Grill: 8203 Broadway
- Europa Restaurant & Bar: 8811 Fredericksburg Rd.
- Stout House TPC: 22810 US Highway 281, Ste 103
- Trisha's Social Sips / Wheatley Heights Sports Complex: 200 Noblewood
Friday, Dec. 9
Croatia v. Brazil, 9 a.m. / Netherlands v. Argentina, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Morocco v. Portugal, 9 a.m. / France v. England, 1 p.m.
Dec. 13 to Dec. 14
Third place playoff
Dec. 17, 9 a.m.
Dec. 18, 9 a.m.
PAST GAMES AND ANALYSIS
- The New York Times: Qatar Stepped Onto the World Cup Stage. And Immediately Stumbled.
- The Guardian: Frazzled Qatar team fluff their lines on World Cup’s surreal opening night
- Associated Press: World Cup opener watched by 7.2 million viewers in US
- 90Min: England - Iran breaks record for longest World Cup game
- The Guardian: USA’s European elite sparkle then fizzle on World Cup return against Wales
- Associated Press: Women’s protests overshadow Iran’s World Cup loss
- Associated Press: Saka, Rashford help England rout Iran 6-2 at World Cup
- KUT: Texans to play key roles in U.S. men’s World Cup return
- The Guardian: Giroud equals Henry’s goal record as France survive scare to thrash Australia
- Associated Press: Mexico and Poland play out 0-0 draw at World Cup
- Associated Press: Frappart becomes 1st woman ref for men’s World Cup match
- The 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 books
- The Guardian: Saudi Arabia stun Argentina as Salem al-Dawsari winner crowns comeback
- Associated Press: Messi enters World Cup as Argentina plays Saudi Arabia
- Associated Press: Arabs unite in celebration as Morocco advances in World Cup
- The Washington Post: Japan upends Germany in Qatar, and another World Cup darling is born
- NPR: German players cover their mouths at the World Cup to protest FIFA
- NPR: Japan gets 2 late goals to beat Germany 2-1 at the World Cup
- Associated Press: Embolo scores, doesn’t celebrate as Swiss win at World Cup
- Associated Press: Ronaldo becomes 1st male player to score at 5 World Cups
- The Athletic: How Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0 courtesy of Richarlison goals
- Associated Press: Brazil fans at World Cup show support for soccer great Pelé
- Yahoo Sports: Why players lie down to defend free kicks
- ESPN: Richarlison's goal of the tournament candidate lifts Brazil past gritty Serbia
- The New York Times: The New Recruits
- The Guardian: From Neymar to Jesus, Brazil’s brilliant forwards can turn any match in Qatar
- Reuters: Goalless draws at World Cup come from cautious approach
- Associated Press: Show’s over already for host Qatar’s World Cup team
- The Athletic: Qatar -- A forgettable team who failed to distract from World Cup’s bigger issues
- CNN: US remains unbeaten against England at World Cups after goalless draw in Qatar
- The Guardian: My generation of US players was jealous of cocky England. Beating them was a joy
- Associated Press: ‘Angry’ Van Gaal looking for a joyous World Cup farewell
- The Athletic: Deschamps’ France defy World Cup doubters and prove they are still the real deal
- Yahoo Sports: Lionel Messi pulls Argentina out of a World Cup nightmare in 2-0 win over Mexico
- The Guardian: Fear not Argentina and Germany, World Cup winners can start slowly
- The New York Times: For Mexico, an Unlucky Seven
- Associated Press: Thuram isn’t burdened by his father’s World Cup achievements
- BBC Sport: Germany's Jamal Musiala again shows his potential as he impresses against Spain
- Associated Press: Morocco pulls off another World Cup upset, beats Belgium 2-0
- Associated Press: Riots in Belgium, Netherlands after Morocco win at World Cup
- Associated Press: Germany salvages 1-1 draw against Spain at World Cup
- Associated Press: Croatia downs Canada 4-1 at World Cup on Kramaric’s 2 goals
- The Guardian: Protester who ran on to pitch banned by Qatar from World Cup matches
- ESPN: World Cup protester released without charges after running onto pitch during Portugal-Uruguay
- The Athletic: Neymar can do it all. So how on earth do Brazil recreate what he brings to the team?
- Associated Press: After latest milestone, Ronaldo eyes World Cup glory
- Associated Press: 2 brothers, 2 teams, 2 contrasting experiences at World Cup
- The Athletic: Luke Shaw motivated by memory of late grandmother at 2022 World Cup
- The Guardian: Wales fans proud and unbowed after early World Cup exit
- CNN: Christian Pulisic is day-to-day after being taken to hospital with pelvic contusion suffered scoring winning goal for US
- The Washington Post: After enduring insults and threats, Iranian team exits World Cup
- NPR: What's at stake as the U.S. faces Iran at the Men's World Cup
- Time: Iranian Reporters Pelted the U.S. Team With Political Questions at a World Cup Press Conference
- ESPN: An oral history of USA-Iran at the 1998 World Cup: Political tension, teammate betrayal and humiliation
- The Washington Post: It’s over for Mexico, both this World Cup and one long, long streak
- Associated Press: Saudi Arabia exits World Cup with newfound confidence
- Associated Press: Mexico beats Saudi Arabia 2-1 but falls short at World Cup
- The Washington Post: Wait, is that Australia, waltzing into the World Cup knockout stage?
- The Athletic: Mexico’s scoring woes go beyond the absence of Chicharito
- The Atlantic: The Sumptuous Minimalism of Lionel Messi
- The Guardian: ‘A football dwarf’: German media react to Die Mannschaft’s early World Cup exit
- Associated Press: Germany’s soul-searching begins after another World Cup flop
- The New York Times: Germany’s Coach Is Out of His Depth, and So Is Its Chancellor
- The Guardian: Stéphanie Frappart to become first female referee at men’s World Cup game
- Associated Press: Brazil wins group despite 1-0 loss to Cameroon at World Cup
- The Guardian: Uruguay leave the World Cup the same way they played in it: gracelessly
"He’s just spectacular. The kind of person who seems to have been designed differently by the big guy up in the sky."— The Athletic | Football (@TheAthleticFC) December 5, 2022
This is the Richarlison you could easily miss if you focused only on the goals and the warrior spirit.https://t.co/XylSahQzPf
Saturday, Dec. 3
Netherlands 3 — USA 1
Argentina 2 — Australia 1
- The New Yorker: How Argentina Came to Love Lionel Messi at the World Cup
- The Guardian: What did the US lack most at the World Cup? Football intelligence
- Associated Press: Dumfries gets kissed as Oranje reach World Cup quarterfinals
- Associated Press: American fans captivated by US team’s World Cup run
- The New York Times: Bitter Finish Brings Chance for U.S. to Look Forward
- The Guardian: USA have built a brotherhood capable of beating Netherlands at the World Cup
- The New York Times: Messi’s Score Sets Tone for Argentina in World Cup Win
Round of 16: Sunday, Dec. 4
France 3 — Poland 1
England 3 — Senegal 0
- Reuters: Record Giroud, sublime Mbappe send France into quarter-finals with Poland win
- The New York Times: England Gets a Jolt From Its Youngest Player in a Rout of Senegal
- Associated Press: Game of lies bonds England ahead of Senegal World Cup clash
Round of 16: Monday, Dec. 5
Japan 1 (1) — Croatia 1 (3)
Brazil 4 — South Korea 1
Round of 16: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Morocco 0 (3) — Spain 0 (0)
Portugal 6 — Switzerland 1
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 "Fédération 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. Houston Public Media recently reported that officials from Houston visited the Qatar games for insight into how to host World Cup games.
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. Read more news coverage of those issues below.
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. In the U.S., however, as the men's team triumphs, so does the women's team. NPR recently reported that the "two squads are evenly splitting the World Cup prize money they earn."
More about the World Cup
NPR and The Texas Newsroom
- NPR: What's being done to stop adults' misbehavior at youth soccer games
- NPR: At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, referees are adding extra time to games. Lots of it.
- Texas Standard: Texans to play key roles in U.S. men’s World Cup return
- Podcast: "La Última Copa" ("The Last Cup") explores Lionel Messi's quest to win for Argentina
- Stats: Watch the World Cup like a nerd — by the numbers
- Reading recommendations: In between matches, take a deep dive into soccer
- Complete coverage: TPR's continuing coverage of the 2022 Men's World Cup
Other news coverage
- National Geographic: Soccer is the world's most popular sport. But who invented it?
- NBC News: What's in the 'magic spray' World Cup players use, and does it really work
- Associated Press: Fans' wild World Cup fashion draws praise, scorn in Qatar
- Beaumont Enterprise: World Cup influence helping grow Southeast Texas soccer
- Al Jazeera: More than 2.4 million people attended group stages matches — FIFA
- Al Jazeera: World Cup 2022 has a winner, say women football fans — safety
- Associated Press: Pelé’s family — COVID caused infection, death not imminent
- Associated Press: Built to disappear -- World Cup stadium 974
- The Wall Street Journal: ‘Soccer’: The Sport’s American Name Is Actually British
- The Guardian: Bonkers football jargon puts people off the game. It needs an idiot filter, and I’m volunteering
- The Athletic: FIFA consider introducing group-stage penalty shootouts at 2026 World Cup
- The Guardian: Ukraine’s 2030 World Cup bid likely dead after country’s FA chief arrested
- The Guardian: UK pubs sign up to World Cup charter aiming to improve female fans’ safety
- The Guardian: Why are World Cup players wearing strange face masks on the pitch?
- BBC World Cup icons: Johan Cruyff / Pele / Diego Maradona / Zinedine Zidane
- The New York Times: What Is Offside in Soccer?
Qatar: The human cost of a championship
- Reuters: Migrant workers aim to stay in Qatar far beyond World Cup final
- The Guardian: Ten years of hurt -- how the Guardian reported Qatar’s World Cup working conditions
- Associated Press: Qatar says worker deaths for World Cup ‘between 400 and 500’
- The Athletic: Watching the World Cup with Qatar’s migrant workers and hearing about their lives
- The New York Times: A Migrant’s Desperate Day Chasing Work at the World Cup
- Associated Press: Empty streets, cranes: the city built for Qatar’s World Cup
- Dezeen: Week envisions Qatar World Cup migrant worker memorial to "reflect the scale of the humanitarian disaster"
- The New Yorker: The Dark Side of the World Cup
- The Guardian: Stadiums of shame — the numbers World Cup hosts Qatar don’t want to be seen
- The Guardian: This World Cup is about much more than football. I’ve seen the human cost
- The New York Times: The World Cup’s Forgotten Team
- BBC News: Families seek answers over migrant worker deaths
- The Guardian: A game of two halves — How ‘sportswashing’ benefits Qatar and the West