Kick-off for the 2022 FIFA World Cup of football will be on Monday, November 21st, with Senegal playing the Netherlands in the opening match. With dozens of games happening over the course of a month, it can be difficult to track the different fixtures, kick-off times, and venues.
For that reason, subscribing to a calendar of the event might be a good idea. In this post, I will show you how to add the 2022 World Cup schedule to your calendar.
Why add the FIFA World Cup schedule to your calendar
While you can certainly rely on various apps to keep tabs on the competition, I have found that the best way to follow the days and times of the various games is to subscribe to a calendar of the event.
This way, you can quickly see what teams are playing on any given day, and find out what time the games are scheduled for in your timezone. For such a competition, timezone support is essential because nobody wants to have to deal with trying to figure out what 4pm in Al Khor equals to in Los Angeles.
The calendar that I have selected for you does offer timezone support, meaning each game will be displayed in your local time in your calendar.
This calendar is also automatically updated as teams move forward in the competition. This means that when France ends up first of its group and moves towards the quarter finals, semi finals, and ultimately the final game, the calendar will update in the background to always provide up-to-date information. Yes, I called it. France will move the the Finals. And win! But I digress.
How to get the World Cup schedule on your calendar
There are so many devices out there that can subscribe to a calendar that it is impossible to show a detailed tutorial for each of them. That said, the concept is virtually the same whether you use an iPhone, an Android device, an iPad, a Mac, or a PC. For that reason, I will only show you how to get the FIFA World Cup schedule on your iPhone or on your Mac’s Calendar app.
Add World Cup schedule on your iPhone, iPad, or other device
These are instructions to add the FIFA 2018 World Cup calendar to your iPhone, iPad, or any other mobile device. Note that unlike the method showed above, this will only add the calendar locally on your device, and it will not sync with your other devices.
1) On your iPhone or iPad, visit the FIFA Football (soccer) World Cup 2022 Qatar – Fixture calendar page. Tap on the blue Subscribe to Calendar button.
2) When asked whether you want to subscribe to the calendar, tap Subscribe.
3) On the next screen you can customize the name of the calendar, and the account it is added to (I suggest using iCloud). You can also change the color of the calendar (select green for obvious reasons), disable event alerts and more. When you’re done tweaking the settings to your liking, tap Add in the upper right corner of the screen.
Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad, where all the events are listed. If you go to November, you should see all fixtures populated into your calendar app of choice. If you don’t see any fixture, make sure the calendar you added is indeed enabled in your Calendar app.
4) When the competition is over, you can go to your iPhone or iPad Calendar app > Calendars > tap the ” i ” icon next to your World Cup calendar, and select Unsubscribe. This will remove the calendar from your device.
See World Cup fixtures on your Mac calendar
1) On your Mac, go to the FIFA Football (soccer) World Cup 2022 Qatar – Fixture calendar page. Note that this is not an official calendar because FIFA doesn’t seem to offer an official iCal feed.
2) Click on the blue Subscribe to Calendar button. You will be asked “Do you want to allow this page to open Calendar.app?” Choose Allow.
3) The URL of the calendar will be automatically populated. Click the blue Subscribe button.
4) This is where you can customize this calendar subscription a bit. You can for example:
- Change the name of the calendar
- Select a color for the events labels (green is best, of course)
- Select the location of the calendar, either On My Mac if you want the calendar to only appear on your Mac, or iCloud if you want this calendar to sync with your other Apple devices (recommended)
- Show or remove event alerts and attachments. I like to keep both so that I can receive an alert before a game is about to start.
- Change the auto-refresh rate of the calendar. Every day seems to be an appropriate refresh rate.
- Choose to ignore alerts or not.
When you have made changes according to your preferences, click OK.
5) Just like that, you have the full calendar of the competition on your Mac.
If you selected iCloud as the location of your calendar, it will sync across your Apple devices.
When the competition is over, you can open the Calendar app on your Mac, right click on your World Cup calendar in the sidebar, and choose Unsubscribe.
What team(s) will you be rooting for during this World Cup? I’m sure you’ll have guessed what my team is by now…