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You like football. American football. The brown one with the laces that big guys can use their hands to throw and catch.

We get it.

No one here is trying to convert you to soccer — the other football — because you’ve kind of turtled up on the topic after three decades of every sports channel telling you it was going to be huge. You even were cool about it when your daughter made the travel soccer team. You did your time.

But now you’ve been hearing a lot about Qatar World Cup 2022. You’re amused by the Jon Hamm ads, but sort of remember this being a summer thing you could mostly ignore every four years. (You’re right, by the way). And you’re a little concerned this thing is going to take the place of some (American) football games you want to watch or get them moved to one of those apps you refuse to shell out the bucks to get.

Stop fretting. Enjoy your (American) football, but indulge us, and maybe even treat yourself by dangling that toe in the soccer pool for just a few hours the next month. We’re not asking you to give up your big (American) football afternoons. It’s just that there’s enough really bad (American) football games out there that there’s going to be some opportunities to watch a really good soccer match and then finally see what the fuss is all about.

And the World Cup schedule is odd enough because of time zones that you’ll get a chance to be non-productive at work at some new times.

Intrigued now?

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To help in this definitely-not-an-attempt-to-make-you-a-soccer-fan who definitely will not be ordering a Barcelona jersey from some sketchy pirate website come Christmas, Gaming Today presents the World Cup viewing guide for American football fans.

World Cup 2022 Knockout Stage Key Match

USA vs. Netherlands

Christian Pulisic of the United States scores his side’s opening goal during the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Where to Watch: Dec. 3, 10 a.m, EST, Fox, FS1, FS2

Full disclosure: there are some ho-hum matchups to begin the Knockout round. There’s only one you need to make appointment TV.

If you live in a clime where you still have to cut your grass, you should have it knocked out by the kick. And if you don’t, you have no business being outside before the sun can better warm your bones.

You watched the Americans muddle by against Wales and weren’t inspired. You gave them another shot and liked the grit against England. And you actually yelled out loud as they hung on against Iran, so you know you’re invested now. Besides, there’s no decent college football on until noon – No. 10 Kansas State at No. 3 TCU – and no maybe good college football until 4 p.m. – No. 14 LSU at No. 1 Georgia – so yell at the screen again, wondering out loud why the Dutch soccer team wears orange.

Then make some waffles and see if Amazon got your soccer scarf on your doorstep as quickly as promised.

Also read: USA vs. Netherlands odds, props, predictions | Updated odds to win 2022 World Cup

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Brant James

Brant James

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Brant James is a senior writer at Gaming Today. An alum of the Tampa Bay Times,, espnW, and USA Today, he's covered motorsports and the NHL as beats, once made a tail-hook landing on an aircraft carrier with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and rode to the top of Mt. Washington with Travis Pastrana. John Tortorella yelled at him numerous times. In covering the sports betting industry, he's looking for what and who are next and why.

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