It’s about time for both Wales and Iran to play their second game of the 2022 World Cup: the two teams in Group B go head-to-head on November 25 and whether you’re a fan of either team or not, it will a match you have to see.
Why is that? Well because Wales and Iran share a group with England and USA and a result in that game could determine who the top two of the group are, especially if USA and Wales are tied in their first game of the tournament.
Those other two sides play later in the day and we have a guide on how to watch England vs USA in what is likely to be one of the biggest games of the World Cup group stage.
But you are not here (yet) to watch this game, you are here for Wales vs Iran. Luckily, like most World Cup 2022 matches, it’s pretty easy to watch wherever you are in the world and this guide will show you how to do it.
How to watch in the US
In the US, the game between Wales and Iran will take place early: it will start at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. It’s the first game of the day, with the USA v England game being the last at 11am ET / 2pm PT
The game will air on Fox Sports 1, so if you’ve got a cable package that offers Fox channels, you’re sorted. If not, many live TV streaming services offer it or offer it as an add-on, including Sling TV (the cheapest of these since you only need the Blue package), FuboTV, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV. You can also watch through the Fox Sports website (opens in new tab).
If you speak Spanish, Peacock Premium ($4.99 per month or $9.99 for ad-free watching) streams the 2022 World Cup matches with Spanish language commentary. This is a simulcast of Telemundo’s coverage.
How to watch in the UK
In Great Britain, and of course in Wales too, the kick-off is at 10 a.m. It’s the earliest game of the day, with England v USA being the last as it starts at 7pm.
The game will be broadcast on BBC 1 and if you don’t have access to a TV at the time, iPlayer streams live BBC channels for you to watch over the internet on a computer or phone (here’s a link to the website (opens in new tab)).
If you would like to see the game with Welsh language commentary, S4C will also be broadcasting the game.
How to watch from anywhere
If you are not at home but still want to watch Wales vs Iran game, you might encounter some problems. Luckily, you can solve exactly this problem with a Virtual Private Network (a VPN).
With a VPN, you can bypass the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, which means you can watch your favorite TV shows even when you are away from where you would normally watch your favorite shows and movies. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)which is currently the top rated VPN in the world according to our sister site TechRadar.
When does Wales play Iran?
Wales and Iran kick off at 13:00 local time, which is the first game of the day.
That converts to 5am ET/2am PT/10am GMT. Admittedly, this isn’t the ideal time to be observed around the world, but the people of Wales should at least be awake.
Where will Wales vs Iran take place?
Wales and Iran meet at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari city of Al-Rayyan.
Wales play each of their group games at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and this is their second after playing USA there two days earlier.
Iran will only play this one game there.
The stadium has a capacity of 45,000, making it one of the larger Qatari stadiums to be used for the World Cup, although it will be refurbished after the event to reduce the capacity to 21,000.
What you need to know about the game
Wales and Iran don’t exactly have storied histories in football – in fact, when the countries last met on the pitch in 1978, not a single member of either team’s squad was even alive.
So, to make predictions, we need to look at recent wins and losses.
Iran lost in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, only winning against Morocco in the first game. However, Wales did not qualify at all.
In the 2022 cup, however, the nation of the dragon flag is doing better – they drew in their first game, with the game against the USA ending 1-1. Iran lost an embarrassing 6-2 to England in their first game, although as you can see they have scored more goals in a loss than Wales in a draw.
So it’s hard to say who will win and that could be a problem for England and USA fans. These two teams are favorites in Group B to progress beyond the group stage but that will depend on how well Wales and Iran do in their games, particularly against each other. The difference between USA or Wales could be due to this game.