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Where to Watch the World Cup in Toronto

It will be strange not to have a summer World Cup tournament this year, but I kind of am looking forward to seeing what it’s like to watch the World Cup in Toronto in the late fall. While it is a little early to start planning where to watch the World Cup in Toronto, it is not too early to start getting an idea of who is playing, and when the games will be playing in this part of the world.

The biggest news so far of course is that the Canadian men’s team qualified for only their second World Cup finals appearance and the first time since 1986. I am super pumped about this and expect some pretty epic viewing parties for team Canada! In equally surprising news, Italy, once again, did not qualify. It’s always such a bummer, what with such a huge Italian population in Toronto. Oh well.

Of the 32 teams in this year’s tournament, there are three slots still to be determined. That means we know of the first 29, and I’ve listed them below. Each country is in bold, followed by the years that I have photographed their fans in previous years in brackets. A star to the right of the country means it will be a particular emphasis for me to photograph this year, either because they are new, or because I have not photographed that team in a long time, or I would like to get a better shot (pun intended) at capturing a great moment with that team. The order of the teams is based on date the team qualified for the tournament.

2022 World Cup – Qualified Teams

Qatar (new) *
Germany (2006, 2014, 2018)
Denmark (2010) *
Brazil (2006, 2014, 2018)
France (2006, 2010, 2018)
Belgium (2014, 2018)
Croatia (2006, 2014, 2018, 2018 Finals)
Spain (2006, 2018)
Serbia (2006, 2010)
England (2006, 2018, 2018)
Switzerland (2006, 2018)
Netherlands (2006, 2010 Finals)
Argentina (2006, 2014)
Iran (2006, 2014, 2018)
South Korea (2006) *
Japan (2006) *
Saudi Arabia (2006, 2018) *
Ecuador (2006) *
Uruguay (2010, 2014)
Canada (new) *
Ghana (2006, 2014)
Senegal (2018) *
Portugal (2006, 2010, 2018)
Poland (2006) *
Tunisia (2006) *
Morocco (2018) *
Cameroon (2010, 2014) *
United States (2006, 2010, 2014)
Mexico (2006, 2014)

The games that still need to be played to determine the final three spots are as follows:
Scotland will play Ukraine on June 1 and the winner will play Wales on June 5. The winner of that game will qualify.
United Arab Emirates will play Australia on June 7. The winner of that game will play Peru on June 13. The winner of that game will qualify.
Costa Rica will play New Zealand on June 14. The winner of that game will qualify.

From those teams still not decided, I have not photographed Scotland, Wales or UAE. Only two of those teams could possibly qualify, so I’m going to have a minimum of two new teams this year, but a maximum of four is possible.

I’ll start populating this page with suggested viewing locations as the tournament gets closer.

Schedule and Match Timing (Eastern Time, Toronto Local)

The first games will be played on November 21 and feature four matches from Group A and Group B, Senegal versus Netherlands at 5 AM, England versus Iran at 8 AM, Qatar versus Ecuador at 11 AM and USA versus a team still to be determined at 2 PM. In total, there will be eight games at the 5 AM time slot.

Canada will play their games on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 PM versus Belgium, on Sunday, November 27 at 11 AM versus Croatia and on Thursday, December 1 at 10 AM versus Morocco. Knowing Toronto, I gather there is going to be a whole host of options for outdoor viewing on big screens, including Jurassic Park, Nathan Philips Square and Celebration Square in Mississauga, but I haven’t heard anything yet.

The Round of 16 will begin on December 3 with Quarter-finals starting on December 9, Semi-finals on December 13 and finals on December 18. Those start times will all be either at 10 AM or 2 PM.

Interactive Map:

Below is the map that I’ve made based on my experience watching and photographing fans cheering for 54 different countries in Toronto during the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup. The red points are from the 2006 World Cup when I photographed fans from all 32 teams in that year’s tournament. The green points are for 2010 teams I photographed, the yellow points are 2014, and the blue points are the 2018 teams. The best way to see the map is to click on the “World Cup Venues in Toronto” link at the bottom and open it in a large map, then you’ll be able to see a list of all the countries names on the left hand side of the map.

View World Cup Venues in Toronto in a larger map

Where to watch the World Cup in Toronto? Keep checking back for more updates.

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