2018 FIFA World Cup Online: The men’s FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off on Thursday, June 14, in Russia — with 32 teams from around the globe competing for a soccer championship that goes on the line only once every four years.
The 2018 World Cup’s lone opening day match features host Russia versus Saudi Arabia, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Three more soccer matches are scheduled for Friday, June 15, and seven others will be played over the weekend. The World Cup 2018 tournament’s championship match will take place a month later — after several rounds of eliminations — on Sunday, July 15.
American fans, note that the United States did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. So don’t tune in expecting to see the men of Team USA in action; they’ll probably be watching from home, just like you.
It is possible to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 for free, or at least most of it, no matter whether you want to tune in on TV or stream the games online. Fox Sports has the rights for English broadcasts of all games, and they are being aired on a combination of local Fox broadcast stations — which are always free with a digital antenna — and the pay TV channel FS1. The World Cup Spanish broadcasts are available on either Telemundo or NBC Universo. (You may not understand all the commentary, but you can certainly appreciate the announcer’s notable “Gooooooool!” call at every score.)
Below, we’ve listed the 2018 World Cup schedule for the tournament’s opening weekend. But first, here are all the details on how to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup for free.
How to Watch the 2018 World Cup on TV
If you have satellite or cable TV, simply find your local Fox station or FS1 to watch World Cup games. Even if you don’t have pay TV or don’t have a package with FS1, you can watch the 2018 World Cup matches being broadcast on Fox stations for free: All you need is a digital antenna, which can cost under $30 and provides free, over-the-air broadcasts of networks like ABC and Fox.
You can also watch Spanish broadcasts of the 2018 World Cup on Telemundo for free in most of the country with a digital antenna.