The FOX World Cup commentators are preparing for the second World Cup on the channel. However, many of the names featuring for FOX are veterans when it comes to broadcasting.
Some of the FOX World Cup commentators have experience dating back over 30 years. Other co-commentators are making their debuts at the tournament or on FOX. Of course, it would not be an American broadcast of the World Cup without select United States players involved. That includes a pair of USMNT representatives, as well as one former USWNT player.
It is a strong mix of talent, with the total number of commentators reaching 10. Therefore, there are five pairs of English-language broadcasters for the American coverage of the World Cup. Here is how the list of the FOX World Cup commentators shapes up for November and December.
FOX World Cup 2022 commentators and pairings
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John Strong and Stu Holden
The lead crew for FOX’s coverage of the World Cup is a common one for soccer fans that watch FOX. Strong and Holden were the lead commentator duo for FOX’s coverage back in 2018, and they regularly feature on games involving the USMNT.
Since 2014, Strong and Holden have been on the call for over 250 fixtures in total. By the end of the World Cup in Qatar, that number will exceed 300. That is the most of any English-language commentator duo.
Expect this duo to call the USMNT games at the World Cup. Holden came on as a substitute the last time the United States played England at the World Cup back in 2010.
JP Dellacamera and Cobi Jones
JP Dellacamera is one of the more recognizable voices in the soccer broadcasting realm in the United States. His experience in the World Cup dates back to 1986 when he worked with ESPN. He called games at every tournament since then whether for TV or radio, with the exception of 1994.
Joining Dellacamera is Cobi Jones, an icon of the USMNT who amassed 164 caps with the national team. As a longtime player for LA Galaxy, Jones served as a color commentator for the club’s local broadcasts.
Derek Rae and Aly Wagner
This is another familiar duo for FOX’s World Cup coverage. In 2018, Rae worked with Wagner to call games in Russia. Renowned for his work with the Bundesliga, Derek Rae is a freelance commentator who also appears on ESPN broadcasts of LaLiga. His experience in the World Cup is also extensive. It includes recent credits with ESPN in 2010 and 2014, before being a part of the FOX team in Russia 2018.
As stated, World Cup commentary is nothing new for Aly Wagner, either. In fact, Wagner is the first woman to call a World Cup game on US television, a feat she achieved back in 2018 working alongside Rae.
Warren Barton and Jacqui Oatley
The next names on the FOX World Cup commentators list are Warren Barton and Jacqui Oatley. Warren Barton is a regular for FOX, as he serves as a pundit. Barton started working for FOX back in 2005.
Jacqui Oatley is a regular name on the Premier League commentator schedule. She has a history of hosting coverage of World Cup games, including both 2014 and 2018. In both, she worked with ITV in England.
Ian Darke and Landon Donovan
Ian Darke and Landon Donovan make up the last names for FOX’s pairings for the World Cup. The two are intertwined for American fans. As Landon Donovan scored the game-winning goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, Ian Darke called the memorable goal. Now, Donovan is his co-commentator.
Ian Darke was not part of FOX’s coverage for the 2018 World Cup. However, he was on the world feed. Before then, he worked the 2010 and 2014 World Cups with ESPN. He brings expertise and enjoyment, and now works alongside the joint-top scorer in USMNT history.
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