The 2018 World Cup begins June 14th and the whole world will be watching. This guide will explain how you can watch the 2018 World Cup Live without cable. Each match will air on a combination of FOX and FS1 (Fox Sports 1) in the U.S, and BBC and ITV in the U.K.
I’ll explain the best way to watch and even post the TV schedules for every game in the U.S and U.K.
Watch 2018 World Cup from Anywhere
The easiest way to watch the 2018 World Cup is by using a VPN. Every game will air on free U.K. television, but you can watch them from anywhere in the world, including the United States. Their online service https://tvplayer.com/ will only work if you are within the U.K. If you are within the U.K. you can watch all the games for free on BBC and ITV. If you are in the United States or anywhere else outside the U.K, you can use a VPN to get a U.K. IP address and watch.
While it may sound complicated it’s extremely simple to do. Here are the steps:
- Sign up for NordVPN.
- Use your NordVPN client to select a VPN in the U.K.
- Use your browser to navigate to https://tvplayer.com/. You can watch BBC without registering. Watching ITV requires you to register an email address but is free. It will ask for a U.K. postal code like “EC3R 8DT”
NordVPN will allow you to simulate your computer being in the U.K. so you can watch ITV and BBC. If I want to watch on my TV, I simply connect my laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable. You can read more about this service in my review of NordVPN. For those wanting more general information on VPNs, check out my article on why you should use a VPN.
The 2018 World Cup schedule at the end of this guide will tell you the date, time, and whether the match is on BBC or ITV.
Watch the 2018 World Cup without Cable in the U.S.
Using a VPN in the method described above will work if you are within the U.S. However, some may not have an interest in using a VPN service. If that is the case there are other ways for you to watch. All of the 2018 world cup matches will air in the U.S. on Fox and FS1 (Fox Sports 1.) You can watch both of these channels using a live TV streaming service.
Watch 2018 World Cup on Hulu
If you don’t want to go the VPN route you can use Hulu in the U.S. to watch all the 2018 World Cup action. Hulu Live TV provides access to FS1 and airs your local Fox affiliate in most U.S. markets. Furthermore, they offer a 1-week free trial to Live TV so you can watch the World Cup for Free! Check out my review of Hulu Live TV for more details.
Watch 2018 World Cup On FuboTV
FuboTV is a live TV streaming service that focuses on streaming live sports to cord cutters. You will be able to watch every World Cup game through their service. They offer a 1-week free trial. After that, it’s $44.99 per month. The service includes over 55 channels you normally find on cable, DVR, 72-hour playback in case you missed a game, and more.
The service provides FS1 and even your local Fox channel in most markets in the U.S. See my review of FuboTV for more details on the service and the availability of FOX.
Other Options for Watching the 2018 World Cup
There are other services that will allow you to watch FS1, Fox and most other channels. I compare these services in my guide to live TV streaming services. Below is a list of services I’ve reviewed other than FuboTV that provide FS1 and possibly Fox depending on your location.
2018 World Cup TV Schedule
I list the matches below in the following format: Date/Time (ET): Match : U.K. Channel : U.S. Channel
All Times are in E.T. (Eastern Time)
Group Stages Play
Thursday, June 14 (11am): Russia v Saudi Arabia: ITV:FOX
Friday, June 15 (8am): Egypt v Uruguay: BBC:FS1
Friday, June 15 (11am): Morocco v Iran: ITV:FOX
Friday, June 15 (2pm): Portugal v Spain: BBC:FOX
Saturday, June 16 (6am): France v Australia: BBC:FS1
Saturday, June 16 (10am): Argentina v Iceland: ITV:FOX
Saturday, June 16 (12pm): Peru v Denmark: BBC:FS1
Saturday, June 16 (3pm): Croatia v Nigeria: ITV:FS1
Sunday, June 17 (8am): Costa Rica v Serbia: ITV:FOX
Sunday, June 17 (11am): Germany v Mexico: BBC:FS1
Sunday, June 17 (2pm): Brazil v Switzerland: ITV:FS1
Monday, June 18 (8am): Sweden v Korea Rep: ITV:FS1
Monday, June 18 (11am): Belgium v Panama: BBC:FS1
Monday, June 18 (2pm): Tunisia v England: BBC:FS1
Tuesday, June 19 (8am): Colombia v Japan: BBC:FS1
Tuesday, June 19 (11am): Poland v Senegal: ITV:FOX
Tuesday, June 19 (2pm): Russia v Egypt: BBC:FOX
Wednesday, June 20 (8am): Portugal v Morocco: BBC:FS1
Wednesday, June 20 (11am): Uruguay v Saudi Arabia: BBC:FOX
Wednesday, June 20 (2pm): Iran v Spain: ITV:FOX
Thursday, June 21 (8am): Denmark v Australia: ITV:FS1
Thursday, June 21 (11am): France v Peru: ITV:FOX
Thursday, June 21 (2pm): Argentina v Croatia: BBC:FOX
Friday, June 22 (8am): Brazil v Costa Rica: ITV:FS1
Friday, June 22 (11am): Nigeria v Iceland: BBC:FOX
Friday, June 22 (2pm): Serbia v Switzerland: BBC:FOX
Saturday, June 23 (8am): Belgium v Tunisia: BBC:FOX
Saturday, June 23 (11am): Korea Rep v Mexico: ITV:FOX
Saturday, June 23 (2pm): Germany v Sweden: ITV:FOX
Sunday, June 24 (8am): England v Panama: BBC:FS1
Sunday, June 24 (11am): Japan v Senegal: BBC:FOX
Sunday, June 24 (2pm): Poland v Colombia ITV:FOX
Monday June 25 (10am): Uruguay v Russia: ITV:FS1
Monday June 25 (10am): Saudi Arabia v Egypt: ITV4:FOX
Monday June 25 (2pm): IR Iran v Portugal: BBC:FOX
Monday June 25 (2pm): Spain v Morocco: BBC:FS1
Tuesday, June 26 (10am): Denmark v France: ITV:FS1
Tuesday, June 26 (10am): Australia v Peru: ITV4:FOX
Tuesday, June 26 (2pm): Nigeria v Argentina: BBC:FS1
Tuesday, June 26 (2pm): Iceland v Croatia: BBC:FOX
Wednesday, June 27 (10am): Korea Rep v Germany: BBC:FS1
Wednesday, June 27 (10am): Mexico v Sweden: BBC:FOX
Wednesday, June 27 (2pm): Serbia v Brazil: ITV:FS1
Wednesday, June 27 (2pm): Switzerland v Costa Rica: ITV 4:FOX
Thursday, June 28 (10am): Japan v Poland: BBC:FS1
Thursday, June 28 (10am): Senegal v Colombia: BBC:FOX
Thursday, June 28 (2pm): England v Belgium: ITV:FOX
Thursday, June 28 (2pm): Panama v Tunisia: ITV 4:FS1
Round of 16
Match Day Date KO Team/Group Channel
Saturday, June 30 (2pm): 1A v 2B: ITV:FOX
Saturday, June 30 (10am): 1C v 2D: ITV:FOX
Sunday, July 1 (10am): 1B v 2A: BBC:FOX
Sunday, July 1 (2pm): 1D v 2C: ITV:FOX
Monday, July 2 (10am): 1E v 2F: BBC:FS1
Monday, July 2 (2pm): 1G v 2H: BBC:FOX
Tuesday, July 3 (10am): 1F v 2E: ITV:FS1
Tuesday, July 3 (2pm): 1H v 2G: BBC:FOX
Friday, July 6 (10am): Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2: BBC:FS1
Friday, July 6 (2pm): Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6: BBC:FS1
Saturday, July 7 (10am): Winner of Match 7 vs Winner of Match 8: ITV:FOX
Saturday, July 7 (2pm): Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4: ITV:FOX
Tuesday, July 10 (2pm): Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2: ITV:FOX
Wednesday, July 11 (2pm): Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3: BBC:FOX
Third Place Playoff
Saturday, July 14 (10am): Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2: ITV:FOX
Final World Cup Game
64 Sunday, July 15 (11am): Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2: ITV and BBC:FOX
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