The Oranje and the Lionesses look primed for glory at the 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup, which sees the 16 best teams on the planet lock sticks on the sport's biggest stage outside of the Olympics. Co-hosts Netherlands are the defending champions and top seeds, but Argentina are bringing the noise too. Now down to the quarter-finals stage with New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Australia involved too, read on to find out how to watch a 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup live stream from anywhere - including ways to watch the hockey absolutely FREE.
Dates: Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 17
Venues: Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa, Terrassa, Spain & Wagener Stadium, Amstelveen, Netherlands
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Seeded at No.2 and led by Agostina Alonso, Argentina come into the tournament off the back of a triumphant FIH Pro League campaign, during which they went unbeaten. They face England tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals.
The Netherlands finished second to Argentina, with both India and England managing to get the better of them, and the Oranje now need to best neighbours Belgium if they're to progress.
Can home comforts inspire co-hosts Spain to greatness? Possibly. They managed to defeat India to get to the quarters and have Australia to tackle in this round. That leaves New Zealand vs Germany, both of whom will fancy their chances of making it to the final.
Tense stuff indeed. Follow our guide to get a hockey live stream from all over the world - including how to watch the Women's Hockey World Cup free online in many countries.
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How to watch a FREE Women's Hockey World Cup live stream
If you don't live in a country where the tournament is being shown by a big-name broadcaster, the good news is that many people can get a 100% free Women's Hockey World Cup live stream on Watch.Hockey.
Watch.Hockey is free to watch and compatible with a wide range of smart devices.
Just bear in mind that Women's Hockey World Cup coverage will be restricted in most countries where the tournament is being shown by local broadcasters (places like India and the UK).
If you're abroad right now you can use a VPN to stream the World Cup on Watch.Hockey for free (as explained below).
Play typically starts in mid-morning Eastern Time, continuing through the day, but the Women's Hockey World Cup schedule doesn't really follow a regular pattern.
How to watch Women's Hockey World Cup from outside your country
We've set out below the ways you can live stream Women's Hockey World Cup action in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for work or pleasure, you probably won't be able to tune in like you normally would at home.
That's the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to certain parts of the world. A good streaming VPN can let you get around these digital borders, while also offering robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping.
Use a VPN to live stream hockey from anywhere
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How to use a VPN to watch the 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup
Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...
1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'Canada' for Watch.Hockey.
3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - so, in this case, just head to Watch.Hockey
Women's Hockey World Cup live stream 2022: how to watch hockey online in India
Star Sports subscribers in India can watch the Women's Hockey World Cup live either via the Star Sports TV channels or by getting a Disney+ Hotstar streaming subscription.
The Disney Plus Hotstar prices changed recently. The Disney Plus Hotstar new plans start at Rs 499 instead of Rs 399 (VIP) though the all-access content plan remains the same at Rs 1,499.
Those of you wanting to live stream Women's Hockey World Cup action on the move will need to use the Hotstar app, which is available via the web, Android, iOS, and Apple TV.
Play typically starts in the early evening, continuing deep into the night, but the Women's Hockey World Cup schedule varies from day to day.
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How to watch 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup: live stream in the UK
The 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup is being shown on BT Sport in the UK.
Play typically starts in mid-afternoon, continuing deep into the evening, but the Women's Hockey World Cup schedule varies from day to day.
BT has a £25 Monthly Pass, so you can get everything BT Sport has to offer without a long-term commitment.
The BT Sport app will let subscribers tune in on any number of devices, including mobiles, tablets, consoles and smart TVs.
If you find yourself outside the UK and want to watch the hockey like you would at home, don't worry about geo-blocks on your account – simply grab a VPN and follow the instructions above to live stream the action.
How to live stream Women's Hockey World Cup 2022 in Australia
Hockey fans Down Under can live stream the 2022 Women's Hockey World Cup on Fox Sports or Kayo Sports.
Play typically starts late at night, continuing through to the following morning, but the Women's Hockey World Cup schedule doesn't follow a neat pattern.
You'll need to have a paid subscription to watch on Fox Sports or via a Foxtel subscription. For a cheaper alternative, you can live stream Women's Hockey World Cup online through slick streaming platform Kayo.
Newbies can take advantage of a FREE Kayo trial to see if the service is right for them. For those who decide to keep it, Kayo price plans start from a super affordable AU$25 a month – really good value considering how much premium live sports action it hosts.
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How to watch Women's Hockey World Cup: live stream in New Zealand
Spark Sport is the place to watch the Women's Hockey World Cup in New Zealand, with play typically getting underway in the dead of night. But fear not, the action continues through to the morning, though bear in mind that the Women's Hockey World Cup schedule varies from day to day.
If you're sitting on the fence about signing up, know that Spark Sport offers a 7-day FREE free trial, so you can try before you buy.
Once that's over, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes plenty of Black Caps cricket action, F1 racing and MotoGP.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.
2022 Women's Hockey World Cup fixtures
12 July: Netherlands vs Belgium
12 July: Australia vs Spain
12 July: New Zealand vs Germany
13 July: Argentina vs England
2022 FIH Women's Hockey World Cup schedule
The schedule and times for the group games of the 2022 FIH Women's Hockey World Cup are listed below. All times are local (CEST, UTC +2). Take away 1 hour for BST, 6 hours for ET and add 8 hours for AEST.
- 12 July, 5pm - New Zealand vs Germany
- 12 July, 7.30pm - Netherlands vs Belgium
- 13 July, 7pm - Australia vs Spain
- 13 July, 9.30pm - Argentina vs England
- 16 July, 6.30pm - semi-final 1
- 16 July, 9.30pm - semi-final 2
- 17 July, 6.30pm - third place play-off
- 17 July, 9.30 - final