FIFA Live StreamingJune 23, 2018
Official broadcasters for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: TV, Streaming, Online and radio.
The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event on the planet. If you are not attending the World Cup in Russia, then you will be relying on local sports broadcasters to bring you the live broadcasts of the events. The following TV Networks have acquired the territorial broadcasting rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. World Cup Broadcasting rights are distributed based on territory, language as well as by platform: Internet, Mobile, TV, and Radio.
2018 FIFA World Cup Schedule
Russia will welcome the other 31 nations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. The hosts will kick-start the campaign against Saudi Arabia on June 14 inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Here are the timelines for the subsequent games that will follow within the one-month period during which the competition will be hosted:
- GROUP STAGE – Thursday, June 14 to Thursday, June 28
- LAST 16 – Saturday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 3
- QUARTER-FINALS – Friday, July 6 to Saturday, July 7
- SEMI-FINALS – Tuesday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 11
- THIRD-PLACE – Saturday, July 14
- FINAL – Sunday, July 15
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Broadcasters
- Germany: ARD, ZDF and Sky Sport will combine to offer World Cup coverage in Germany.
- Italy: Mediaset Italia will be the exclusive broadcaster of the World Cup in Italy. Matches will be aired live on its free-to-air channels Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4.
- Spain: Mediaset España will broadcast all 64 matches on its free-to-air channels Cuatro and Telecinco
- Portugal: RTP acquired the broadcast rights in Portugal, however it’s likely that matches will also be available on SIC and Sport TV through sub-licensing deals.
- United Kingdom: BBC and ITV will show the World Cup in the UK.
- In Canada, Bell Media has acquired the multi-platform broadcast rights for Canada. English-language broadcasts of the matches will be aired on CTV and TSN channels. French-language broadcasts will be aired on RDS.
- In Mexico: Sky Mexico, Televisa and TV Azteca will combine to broadcast the World Cup in Spanish-language.
- In the USA: FOX Sports and Telemundo will combine to offer US fans comprehensive English and Spanish coverage of the World Cup. Futbol de Primera will offer Spanish radio transmissions of select live matches.
Other top networks broadcasting the tournament live include Canal+ Afrique, Startimes Sports and SuperSport TV in sub-Saharan Africa, beIN Sports Arabia in the Middle East and parts of Africa, PCCW, K-Vision, Sony Pictures Network and Transmedia in Asia, and FOX Sports Brazil, Globo, TyC Sports, Band, RCN Television, and Caracol TV in South America. Detailed channel listings are available under each World Cup fixture on our website.
FIFA World Cup history in brief
The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition for the senior men’s teams of the member countries of world football’s governing body – FIFA. Since inducted in 1930, the competition has been hosted every four years till date except during the Second World War (1942 and 1946).
Eligibility to feature in the competition is done through qualification games on a continental basis. 32 teams including the host nation then come together to compete in the Finale of the tournament. At the moment, Brazil has the most trophies with five, trailed by Germany and Italy who have four titles apiece. Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the top scorer of the competition with 16 goals.
Current World Cup Champions: Germany
After winning the 2014 World Cup trophy in Brazil via Mario Götze’s extra-time strike against Argentina, the Germans will be aiming to possibly mount a title defense. However, it is undoubtedly going to be a tough feat to achieve with the likes of Brazil, France and Spain coming in as favorites. They are followed closely by Argentina and Portugal who boast the Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldoin their ranks.
Belgium and England easily qualify as the dark horses of this edition of the World Cup with their pool of talents and could possibly mount a challenge for the trophy. Other countries worth acknowledging include Uruguay, Croatia, and Egypt as they could have a surprise package for us all. Notable absentees in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are Italy, Ghana, USA and the Netherlands.
World Cup super stars in Russia
Individual quality more often than not plays a significant role in helping countries mount a challenge for the prestigious World Cup trophy. As a result, while we commend teams for their collective strength and prowess, we also leave room to accommodate appraisal for players who have the potential to be standout performers for their respective countries.
Aside the household names including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, etc., there are other exciting talents fans should be looking forward to seeing. On a continental basis, Christian Eriksen, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard could fly the flag high for Europe whereas Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Victor Moses, Mehdi Benatia and Wahbi Khazri come in as Africa’s finest.
For South America, there’s Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez, Douglas Costa, among others. In Asia, there’s Son Heung-min, Mehdi Taremi, Shinji Kagawa, Nawaf Al Abed and Omar Abdulrahman. Australia also comes in with Aaron Mooy.
With regards to the next generation of talents, the focus lens will be on Timo Werner, Gabriel Jesus, Marco Asensio, Paulo Dybala, Kylian Mbappe, Isco, Leroy Sane and a host of others. There is no bigger motivation for some of these youngsters than to be given the nod to feature in a first World Cup and as such the only way to repay this vote of confidence is to perform.
What are the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s host cities?
Twelve stadiums will host the 64 games scheduled to be played in this year’s FIFA World Cup. Both the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 and the final on July 15 will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Located in the country’s capital, the football stadium is the largest in Russia as well as one of the largest in Europe with a seating capacity of 81,000. Here is the list of all 12 venues that will host the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches: