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 round of 16 soap clashes

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

Monday, 5 December

- Brazil v South Korea, 7pm, ITV

Soap schedule: Emmerdale and Coronation Street not airing, EastEnders airs as usual

Tuesday, 6 December

- Portugal v Switzerland, 7pm, ITV

Soap schedule: Emmerdale and Coronation Street not airing, EastEnders airs as usual

Friday, 9 December

- Netherlands v Argentina, 7pm, BBC

Soap schedule: Emmerdale airs 7pm, Coronation Street airs 8pm on ITV, EastEnders does not air on Fridays

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 watch episodes at their leisure as they are released on streaming services, but look out for updates from the shows each week on when they will drop.

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.