FIFA World Cup 2018 – The biggest sporting event of the most popular sport in the world is all set to kick off on June 14th, 2018. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia where 32 of the world’s best footballing nations will compete against each other in this month-long tournament which ends on July 15th with the final. As per some reports, over a billion people watched the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. That’s HUGE!
Watch World Cup 2018 Live
It’s a pretty crazy World Cup this time with teams like Italy, Chile, Netherlands and USA failed to make it through the qualifying rounds. Over 190 networks around the world will have live coverage in different parts of the world and for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, it will have extensive online streaming rights holder websites and mobile apps.
What’s the need for FIFA World Cup Live Streaming Apps and Websites
This is a very valid question many of you would be having now. Of course, nearly every country in the world would have an official TV broadcaster showing the FIFA World Cup 2018 live on TV. But there are many occasions like you might be stuck in office, or a meeting, or enjoying a holiday. Countless scenarios, isn’t it?
So why miss Messi’s Argentina or Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal or Mohammed Salah’s Egypt or Harry Kane’s England or any of your favorite team/player playing this World Cup. The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts this Thursday with the host nation Russia take on Saudi Arabia starting 8am PT/ 11am ET/ 5pm CET.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup Live Online
Now considering how magnanimous the whole tournament is, there is no one easy solution that fits all. So let’s take it slow and address things one-by-one. Let’s start with the TV broadcasters first. For English-speaking TV in the US, Fox or Fox Sports 1 will be your broadcaster. Spanish-speakers in the US can choose between Telemundo and NBC Universo. For audiences in the UK, FIFA World Cup matches will broadcast on BBC and ITV. The first game, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, will be aired on ITV while BBC’s coverage begins the next day. In India, Sony (Sony ESPN, Sony TEN 1) has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA World Cup 2018.
Now let’s get to the specifics of online live streaming of FIFA World cup.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Online in the US
Despite team USA not making it to the FIFA World Cup 2018, many soccer fans from the country will be keen to catch the live stream of the matches. Fortunately, downloading and installing the ESPN Free app is all you need to do to watch FIFA World Cup online if you are in the US. It’s absolutely free and doesn’t cost a penny.
FOX being the official broadcaster, follows the geo-limitations here as well. Here is the link to the official Fox website streaming the FIFA World Cup in the US. Sadly, it requires you to have a TV subscription in order to watch soccer world cup online. A total of 64 matches will be live streamed online via Fox Soccer Match Pass and Fox Sports Go. The Fox Sports Go app will live stream FIFA World cup matches on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox and Roku.
NBC is the second option for soccer fans in USA. They would also need TV subscription to NBC just like Fox. NBC’s Telemundo will be live streaming the FIFA World Cup matches in Spanish and will also be available on NBC Sports apps. Alternative options include Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue and YouTube TV, each of which have different fee and channels support.
Free FIFA World Cup Live Streams (Legal)
In this day and age where nothing comes free, it’s hard to believe you can watch FIFA World Cup Live streams for free. But that’s true. Here are the three options: