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9 best places to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Singapore

A thrilling mix of and Davids and Goliaths – catch all the nail-biting action at these places.

Written by
Izza Sofia
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We are thick into the World Cup season! This year’s affair has already been a spectacle: upsets, dramatic goals, penalty kicks, tears of joy/devastation – all making a huge difference between elimination and ecstasy. Fans fill up bars, pubs and public areas to watch the matches, and root for their team to be crowned the champion for four years of glory and bragging rights. Want to know the best places to catch all the live football action? Here are the ones we've got our sights set on. 

RECOMMENDED: The best sports bars in Singapore to catch the FIFA World Cup 

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Jewel Changi Airport
  • Property
  • Changi 

Ardent football fans are now able to catch the football matches in the heart of Jewel. Catch some adrenaline pumping football action at Football Mania at Jewel, where live screenings will be shown at a mega LED screen at Shiseido Forest Valley. Root for your favourite teams in the comfort of an indoor garden that can accommodate up to 600 people. Fans who predict the correct winning team at every screening leading to the finals will stand a chance to walk away with up to $5,000 worth of Jewel gift vouchers.

There are also pre-match and half-time activities where fans can answer trivia and participate in games to win exclusive prizes from Qatar and Adidas. Other fringe activities include e-football console games, e-football challenges and live e-tournament games. Think you're up to par with Neymar? Pitch your skills against the Brazilian footballer in the Neymar Challenge and potentially win flight tickets to anywhere in Europe on Qatar Airways.

 

National Library Building
  • Things to do
  • Literary events
  • Rochor

Another place to catch the nail-biting action for free? The National Library Building. The building’s ground-floor plaza will be transformed to resemble a football pitch complete with green cushion vinyl flooring. On Dec 17 and 18, up to 500 fans can catch the third place play-offs and finals on a 300-inch screen at the space. Bring your own picnic mats or beach chairs to catch the players tussle for the golden trophy. Food and drinks are also available – Harry’s bar will operate from 8pm to 12.30am while Hanis, a halal-certified establishment, will offer takeaways from 9pm till 11.30pm. From 9pm to 10.45pm, 

The National Library Board will also screen a specially produced video about interesting and lesser-known football fun facts and history. The video will include a feature of the recently published book ROAR: Football Legends of Singapore that pays tribute to 100 years of local football history.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Marina Bay

Amazing skyline? Check. World-class football? Check. Booze? Check. Catch the ultimate showdown of the world’s best football teams on Dec 18 at the SkyBar and Club Lounge. Resident DJs will also be on deck to keep the energy going throughout the night. Tickets are priced at $38 per person from 10pm and includes one premium pour at both the spaces, but wear your favourite team jersey and you’ll get a complimentary entry.

Resorts World Sentosa
  • Attractions
  • Sentosa

Rally your crew and support your favourite team at Resorts World Sentosa. It has set up a mega screen accompanied by cutting-edge sound systems in a 360-degree arena, so no matter where you sit, you’ll have an epic view of the action. Beer and light bites are available here too. Plus, there will be competitions to win prizes, games for the audience, live entertainment and much more at the Resorts World Ballroom.

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  • Restaurants
  • Singaporean
  • Raffles Place

Join in the football frenzy at Football Fiesta @ Lau Pa Sat, where football games are screened inside the food hall. Order from a wide array of delectable local food offerings, grab a seat and cheer on your favourite football team as you tuck into a hearty plate of your favourite hawker dish. Live band performances, and football activities will also take place here. Head to Lau Pa Sat’s Instagram here for more details.

  • Travel
  • Changi 

While Changi Airport is usually a hot spot for diners and shoppers, it's now a new stomping ground for football fans. Head down to the basement level of Terminal 3 where all the 2022 Fifa World Cup matches are screened. Hurry down and enjoy the matches – be sure to come early to get the best spot!

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  • Attractions
  • Tampines

Watch the world’s greatest football teams in the comfort of your community club. Residents can enjoy the games at about 70 different community clubs, ActiveSG sports centres and Safra clubhouses. Live screenings will be held at 58 community clubs and five ActiveSG sports centres over the next few weeks. The third-placing matches, on Dec 17 and 18, will be shown at The Plaza at the National Library Building. In addition to watching the matches, you can challenge your friends to a game of foosball, e-sports and even catch live performances. Do check the timings of the different matches at the People’s Association website before heading down as not all matches will be screened at every location.

Singapore Sports Hub
  • Sport and fitness
  • Kallang

Can’t be in Qatar to watch the matches? Experiencing the thrill of the sporting event in a stadium itself may be your next best option. Watch a screening at the Singapore Sports Hub, and cheer on your favourite player. Matches will be played on the stadium’s massive LED screen, alongside a World Cup museum exhibit you can view while you’re there. View the schedule for the matches on ActiveSG’s website.

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Sports bars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Sports bars

Gather your friends, order some pizzas and burgers, knock back a few beers and enjoy the epic showdown between the world’s best football teams at various sports bars in the city. On the list: The Penny Black, Al Capone and Cafe Football to name a few. Hop on their happy hour specials and if the munchies hit, pair it with beer bites that are available – it’s an excellent atmosphere to enjoy the tournaments.

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