EastEnders, Emmerdale and Corrie: How the 2022 World Cup will affect soap schedules

EastEnders Coronation Street and Emmerdale. (BBC/ITV)
The soaps will clash with the World Cup. (BBC/ITV)

The 2022 World Cup might mean back-to-back viewing for football fans, but it poses a problem for the soap schedules as many fixtures clash with them.

How will the World Cup affect you watching your favourite soaps - and when can you catch up with them instead?

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Keep checking back as the competition progresses and more fixtures are announced.

2022 World Cup group stage match soap clashes

Monday, 21 November

- USA v Wales, 7pm, ITV - clashes with Emmerdale and Coronation Street

Soap schedule: EastEnders airs as usual, no Emmerdale or Coronation Street

Tuesday, 22 November

- France v Australia, 7pm, BBC One - clashes with EastEnders

Soap schedule: Emmerdale airs as usual, EastEnders airs on BBC Two

Wednesday, 23 November

- Belgium v Canada, 7pm, BBC One - clashes with EastEnders

Soap schedule: Emmerdale and Coronation Street air as usual, EastEnders airs on BBC Two

Thursday, 24 November

- Brazil v Serbia, 7pm, BBC One - clashes with EastEnders

Soap schedule: EastEnders airs on BBC Two, Emmerdale airs as usual and Coronation Street airs an episode

Friday, 25 November

- England v USA, 7pm, ITV - clashes with Emmerdale and Coronation Street

Soap schedule: No soaps airing tonight

Harry Kane
Harry Kane and co will bump the soaps from their usual spot. (Getty)

Monday, 28 November

- Portugal v Uruguay, 7pm, ITV - clashes with Emmerdale and Coronation Street

Tuesday, 29 November

- Wales v England, 7pm, BBC One - clashes with EastEnders

Wednesday, 30 November

- Poland v Argentina, 7pm, BBC One - clashes with EastEnders

Thursday, 1 December

- Japan v Spain and Costa Rica v Germany, 7pm, ITV - clashes with Emmerdale

Friday, 2 December

- Serbia v Switzerland and Cameroon v Brazil, 7pm, ITV - clashes with Emmerdale and Coronation Street

How can I watch EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street during the World Cup?

Coronation Street Emmerdale and EastEnders. (ITV/BBC)
There'll still be chances to catch up with the soaps drama. (ITV/BBC)

The usual soaps schedule during the week is EastEnders airing on BBC One at 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, while Emmerdale airs Monday to Friday at 7.30pm on ITV and Coronation Street is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV.

During both the men's and women's Euros over the last two summers, soaps were released in weekly blocks on streaming services iPlayer and ITV Hub (ITVX as of this autumn), which is expected to happen again during the 2022 World Cup.

Soap fans will have the chance to binge watch the week all in one go, so look out for spoilers if you're not watching in one go on a Monday.

EastEnders fans can tune into episodes on BBC Two on days when BBC One is broadcasting World Cup matches.

ITV has confirmed that Emmerdale and Coronation Street episodes will be released in weekly blocks each Monday morning, so if you can't keep up with the ever-changing schedule, catch up by streaming them instead.