How you can follow Canada’s return to the FIFA World Cup

It’s an exciting time to be a follower of Canadian sports, with the national soccer team qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. This will be the team’s first appearance at this level since 1986, making it a cause for celebration. This winter’s tournament will be the first of two World Cups Canada will play a part in as they are guaranteed to qualify for World Cup 2026 due to being one of three host nations alongside the United States and Mexico. The entire country will get behind the boys.

All previous instalments of FIFA’s showpiece tournament have been played during the months of June and July. This is to maximize the good weather while taking advantage of all major European club competitions, such as the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the Spanish La Liga, being in their off-season. But things will be different this year, and there are a few changes Canadian soccer lovers should know about before making predictions at the best sports betting sites in Vegas and planning your viewing.

A competitive renewal
This promises to be one of the most competitive renewals of the World Cup we have witnessed in a generation, and there’s no reason why Canadian fans shouldn’t dream big. At this stage of preparations, Canada has as much chance of lifting the trophy as Brazil, England, defending champions France, the USA or any other team that secured their involvement in Qatar.

Canada went into the draw for the tournament group stages in pot four of four, meaning they were expected to be the weakest team in their pool. At this level of soccer, there are tough groups and near-impossible groups of a team like Canada. But which did they get, and how are they expected to handle themselves when things get moving in November with the opening round of matches?

Canada was added to Group F alongside Belgium, Morocco and Croatia. Escaping that bracket in one piece will be no mean feat as Canada mixes it with a Belgian side which is one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the World Cup, and Croatia, who finished as runners-up behind France in 2018. They will open against Belgium on 23rd November at Amad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Ryaan. Let’s look at three ways you can see Les Rouges in action.

Stadium
The best way to get the full Qatar 2022 experience is to purchase a ticket, travel to the World Cup and enjoy the match from the stadium. This allows you to share in all the emotions of Canada’s quest for three points as they aim to upset the betting odds and silence the critics. You can get as close to the action as possible, but remember to only purchase matchday tickets from official avenues, such as the FIFA smartphone app or by registering your interest for a ticket with the Canadian FA.

Television
Perhaps you prefer to enjoy the matches from the comfort of your home. You can do just that, thanks to the live coverage provided by Bell Media. This gives you a chance to enjoy the tournament without having to travel across the globe during the festive period. For many casual soccer fans, shelling out for flights, hotels and matchday tickets, as well as food, drink and merchandise, just isn’t an option.

One criticism of Qatar being awarded the World Cup is that it will price many supporters out of attending, especially on the approach to Christmas. Save cash and watch from home or, better yet, create a watch party and invite your friends, family, neighbours and fellow soccer lovers around to create a personalized fan zone.

Live streaming
The leading online betting apps allow registered members to watch the World Cup for free on their Android or iOS device. Simply register an account and place a bet for a minimum of $1 to watch the match.

The live streams are 100% legal with HD quality, expert commentary, in-play betting apps, predictions, live scores from around the grounds and more. This is perfect if you are away from home during the play. Using your mobile, you can turn everyday situations into an opportunity to watch live sports.

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