How to watch the Germany vs Japan World Cup 2022 game online from anywhere

Germany's Jonas Hofman (L) representing the nation in a friendly against Oman.
Germany's Jonas Hofman (L) representing the nation in a friendly against Oman. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Germany vs Japan match of the World Cup 2022 kicks off at 8 am ET/5 am PT/1 pm GMT, and it's the debut match for both teams. While one is the expected champion, being a football heavyweight, nothing can be taken for granted.

We've already seen some major upsets in the World Cup, with Saudi Arabia beating Argentina and Denmark drawing with Tunisia. So while Germany is looking golden, there is no use counting chickens before they've hatched. Perhaps Japan could come out on top?

There are many high profile games happening today, and we've also got guides on how to watch Spain vs Costa Rica and how to watch Canada vs Belgium.

It's definitely worth checking out the Germany vs Japan game, to see if the surprising World Cup underdog moments continue. And if you're interested in doing just that, this guide is all you need, because we'll run you through your options for streaming the game wherever you are.

How to watch Germany vs Japan in the US

Germany vs Japan kicks off at 8 am ET/5 am PT.

The cheapest way to stream the game is via Peacock, because the first 12 games of the World Cup — including this one — are available on the streaming service's free tier. The coverage is in Spanish, because it's a simulcast of Telemundo's stream. Just note that for games on subsequent days, you'll need to use the paid Peacock tiers to stream, and they cost $4.99 for the Premium or $9.99 for the Premium Plus plans.

The main way to watch is via Fox, with this game airing on Fox Sports 1. If you don't have a cable subscription, you can subscribe to live TV streaming services FuboTVHulu with Live TVYouTube TV or Sling TV, which either include or offer as an add-on Fox's channels. You can also watch the game via foxsports.com (opens in new tab).

How to watch Germany vs Japan in the UK

In the UK, Germany vs Japan begins at 1 pm.

Germany vs Japan is airing on ITV 1, so as long as you have a TV license, you can watch on this channel or via ITVX (here's our guide on how to stream live TV using it). If you want Welsh-language coverage, S4C is also showing the game.

How to watch Germany vs Japan from anywhere

If you're going to be away from home but still want to watch the Germany vs Japan game, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you'll be able to solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (a VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address, meaning you can watch your TV events like the World Cup even if you're going to be away from where you would normally watch. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

Germany vs Japan important information

When does Germany vs Japan kick off?

The game kicks off at 4 pm local time in Qatar.

That converts to 8 am ET/5 am PT in the US or 1 pm GMT in England.

Where does Germany vs Japan take place?

The Germany vs Japapn game takes place at the Khalifa International Stadium, the official home of the Qatar football team.

This stadium has a capacity of 40,000, so it's one of the bigger ones Qatar is using for the tournament.

Who is in the German squad?

Neuer

Süle

Rüdiger

Schlotterbeck

Raum

Kimmich

Gündogan

Gnabry

Müller

Musiala

Havertz

Who is in the Japan squad?

Gonda

H Sakai

Itakura

Yoshida

Nagatomo

Tanaka

Endo

Ito

Kamada

Kubo

Maeda

What you need to know about Germany vs Japan

Japan and Germany don't have a huge history together — in terms of football, at least. They last went head-to-head in 2006, a friendly in which they drew.

Given that this is both teams' debuts in the World Cup 2022 tournament, we can't look at the immediate past performance to judge them.

Germany has won the World Cup four times, most recently in 2014, while Japan has never progressed beyond the Round of 16. However, while Japan got that far in 2018, Germany didn't even get past the group stage.

Why was that? Well, you could look to many different reasons and excuses, but it's really because World Cups are rife with upsets, surprising victories and unexpected defeats. Just look at Saudi Arabia beating Argentina 2-1 in the 2022 games.

While Germany does have the better track record, they're certainly not a shoo-in just yet.

Tom Bedford
Streaming and Ecommerce Writer

Tom is the streaming and ecommerce writer at What to Watch, covering streaming services in the US and UK. His goal is to help you navigate the busy and confusing online video market, to help you find the TV, movies and sports that you're looking for without having to spend too much money.