- The World Cup 2018 tournament kicks things off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia
- This year’s competition will see 32 nations play 64 matches over one month
- Three billion people are estimated to watch World Cup 2018 around the world
The World Cup 2018 in Russia is finally here.
With Russia vs Saudi Arabia kicking things off on Thursday June 14, the world will sit down to watch 32 teams battle it out over the next month for football’s greatest prize.
With the World Cup viewer estimates hitting 3 billion, it’s not a tournament to miss.
The World Cup 2018 tournament in Russia kicks things off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14
Here’s all you need to know about how to watch the World Cup 2018 online in the US, the UK, and Australia.
How to watch the World Cup 2018 online in the US
Russia is seven hours ahead of the US on Eastern Time. This means that most matches will be shown late morning/early afternoon in the US.
On TV, Fox and Fox Sports 1 will be broadcasting the World Cup matches. Telemundo and NBC Universo will also be broadcasting the tournament with Spanish commentary.
Fox Sports and Telemundo will be broadcasting all 64 matches.
How to watch the World Cup 2018 online in the UK
The BBC will also be showing the World Cup 2018 in Ultra HD resolution and 4K via iPlayer.
How to watch the World Cup 2018 online in Australia
For the first time in years, Australia won’t be showing all the World Cup games on free-to-air TV.
SBS will be showing all the Socceroos matches but will only be showing one live match a day.
The rest are being aired on the subscriber-only Optus Sport, where it will cost AUS$30 to watch the whole month-long tournament.
The World Cup matches can be live streamed via Optus Sport apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast or the Optus Sport mobile app.
World Cup 2018 fixtures and schedule
Thirty-two nations are competing in 64 matches to see who will win the World Cup 2018 trophy.
Early group stage clashes like Portugal vs Spain are likely to ramp up the World Cup fever. Here is the complete list of fixtures and the World Cup 2018 schedule. All times are BST.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.