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How to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup: A guide for TV, online and streaming

Argentina's Lionel Messi controls the ball during a friendly soccer match between Argentina and Haiti at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 29, 2018. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have split the last 10 FIFA Player of the Year awards, and this is likely their last chance to win a World Cup.
Argentina's Lionel Messi controls the ball during a friendly soccer match between Argentina and Haiti at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 29, 2018. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have split the last 10 FIFA Player of the Year awards, and this is likely their last chance to win a World Cup. AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File

The 2018 FIFA World Cup — the most-watched sporting event on the planet — starts with Group Phase games on Thursday, June 14.

In the United States., whether you're watching games on cable/satellite, online or through a streaming service, Fox has the keys to the futbol kingdom.

English-language games will air on Fox and its various sports channels, streaming sites and apps. For Spanish speakers — or English speakers who want to hear "goooooooooooal!" — there's also Telemundo.

The 2018 games take place in Russia, with the Group Phase running June 14-28. The Knockout Phase starts June 30 and ends with the Final on July 15 in Moscow. (Note: The U.S. team did not qualify.)

Fans prepare to see their favorite players at the World Cup in Russia.

Here's how to find everything.

Watch on TV

The Fox games will be available through your regular cable subscription or over-the-air with an antenna.

If the channel is listed as FS1, that's a Fox Sports cable channel. Check with your service provider to make sure that channel is part of your subscription.

For Spanish-language viewing, Telemundo is available on many cable and satellite packages. Check with your provider.

Watch Online or with an App

All of the games should be available on FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports GO app.

With both the website and app, you will most likely be asked to sign in with the username and password for your cable or satellite service. Once you do that, you can watch all of the games live.

Fox Sports will also be partnering with LiveLike to offer a streaming Virtual Reality experience through their Fox Sports VR app (available for iOS and Android devices). You can watch the games in a virtual in-stadium suite and switch on social VR to "sit" with either your Facebook friends or viewing partners picked at random (this is a feature you can also switch off). Users will also have access to pre-produced 360-degree features and watch previously-recorded tournament moments.

For Telemundo broadcasts, there is Spanish-language live streaming of World Cup matches on the Telemundo Deportes en Vivo and the NBC Sports apps. Telemundo Deportes also offers a VR App experience.

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Germany's Philipp Lahm (16) raises the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13, 2014. Germany hopes to lift the trophy in 2018 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century in the worldwide soccer tournament that is contested every four years. AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File

Stream the games

Nearly all streaming services offer a free introductory period — usually seven days. Use it to try out the services before deciding on one you like.

Most of these services are available to stream through Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire devices (meaning you can watch them on your TV), as well as Android and iOS apps, so you can watch on your phone or tablet.

And remember, these services offer a lot more than just sports channels, so you can access other cable favorites, too.

Here’s a look at what’s out there right now.

Fans in the Russian cities of St. Petersburg, Sochi and Yekaterinburg anxiously await the start of the 2018 World Cup.

Sling

There are two packages available plus a way to combine them, depending on your needs. "Sling Blue" should get you all FS1 games and Fox games (depending on the market — this is where those free trials come in handy).

Sling also offers a bunch of options for watching the games in Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish and Portuguese. Check out sling.com/world-cup for all the details.

There’s a lot more stuff here, including: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, NBCSN, PAC-12, SEC Network, CSN, NFL Network and RedZone. You also get log-in credentials for the WatchESPN app.

Find it: sling.com

Cost: $20-$45 per month (Blue costs $25)

DirecTV Now

Note that this is a streaming service, completely separate from DirecTV’s satellite service.

For the World Cup, you'll get FS1 and Fox (check market availability).

Other sports channels include: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, NBCSN, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, NBA and some regional sports networks.

You also get log-in credentials for NBC Universo and Telemundo, if you'd like to watch the games online in Spanish.

Find it: directvnow.com

Cost: $35-$70 per month

Playstation Vue

All Playstation Vue packages include Fox (check your market for live coverage) and FS1.

You also get log-in credentials for watching Telemundo.

Other sports channels include: all ESPN channels, Big Ten Network, SEC Network and NBA TV.

Note: You don’t have to have a Playstation game system to use this. You can watch through Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast.

Find it: playstation.com/en-us/network/vue

Cost: $40-$75 per month

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Aron Gunnarsson of Iceland celebrates after a 2016 match against England at Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, France. This will be Iceland's first time playing in the World Cup. Christian Liewig/Abaca Press/TNS

YouTube TV

This fairly new streaming service has Fox (again, double-check for live access) and FS1.

Other sports channels include: the ESPN channels, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports, Comcast Sports Networks and Big Ten. NBA TV isn’t listed, but Golf, Tennis and Olympic channels are. It also has tons of regional sports network options, depending on where you live.

Find it: tv.youtube.com

Cost: $35 per month

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV (not the same as regular Hulu) offers a lot of channels, but like many streaming services, plugging in a local ZIP code makes some — like Fox — disappear from the lineup. So check it out before committing. It does have FS1.

It also lists CBS Sports Network, Fox Regional Sports, the ESPN channels, Big Ten Network, SEC Network and NBCSN. It includes log-in credentials for ESPN, Fox and other channels.

Find it: hulu.com/live-tv

Cost: Starts at $39.99 per month

FuboTV

FuboTV has all World Cup matches on Fox, FS1, Telemundo and NBC Universo, plus access to the five Fox Sports bonus feeds for each match.

Other sports channels include: CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, Big Ten Network, PAC12, Bein Sports channels, Eleven Sports, NBA TV, NFL Network, the Golf Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and the Olympic Channel. A Sports Plus package gets you a few more Fox College Sports and PAC12 channels.

Find it: fubo.tv

Cost: $44.99 per month

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Schedule

You can always see the full schedule here, with game times and channels. Following is the schedule for the Group Phase matchups. All times are East Coast (EDT).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Friday, June 15, 2018

Egypt vs. Uruguay — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App

Morocco vs. Iran — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Portugal vs. Spain — 2-4 p.m.



Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App

Saturday, June 16, 2018

France vs. Australia — 6-8 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Argentina vs. Iceland — 9-11 a.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Peru vs. Denmark — noon-2 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Croatia vs. Nigeria — 3-5 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Costa Rica vs. Serbia 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Germany vs. Mexico — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Brazil vs. Switzerland — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Monday, June 18, 2018

Sweden vs. South Korea — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Belgium vs. Panama — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Tunisia vs. England — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Colombia vs. Japan — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Poland vs. Senegal — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Russia vs. Egypt — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Portugal vs. Morocco — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Iran vs. Spain — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Denmark vs. Australia — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


France vs. Peru — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Argentina vs. Croatia — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App
Friday, June 22, 2018

Brazil vs. Costa Rica — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Nigeria vs. Iceland — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Serbia vs. Switzerland — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Belgium vs. Tunisia — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


South Korea vs. Mexico — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Germany vs. Sweden — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Sunday, June 24, 2018

England vs. Panama — 8-10 a.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Japan vs. Senegal — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Poland vs. Colombia — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Monday, June 25, 2018

Uruguay vs. Russia — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Spain vs. Morocco — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Iran vs. Portugal — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Denmark vs. France — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Australia vs. Peru — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Nigeria vs. Argentina — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Iceland vs. Croatia — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

South Korea vs. Germany — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Mexico vs. Sweden — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Serbia vs. Brazil — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Switzerland vs. Costa Rica — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Japan vs. Poland — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Senegal vs. Colombia — 10 a.m.-noon

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


England vs. Belgium — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FOX, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App


Panama vs. Tunisia — 2-4 p.m.

Watch on FS1, FOXSports.com & the FOX Sports App

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