×

How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Online

Fox Sports, Telemundo will live-stream all 64 matches of the soccer tournament in the U.S.

The U.S. men’s soccer team is sitting out the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia — but fans of the beautiful game in the States will be able to watch along with the rest of the world in a myriad of ways.

Fox and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo own the U.S. media rights for this year’s World Cup, for English- and Spanish-language broadcasts respectively, as well as the 2022 and 2026 events.

This year’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 14, and runs through the final on July 15. Both Fox Sports and Telemundo will carry all 64 matches on TV, and they’ll also be live-streamed on digital platforms.

On TV, Fox Sports will deliver an unprecedented 38 games on Fox broadcast stations — which may have been optimistic, given the U.S. team’s failure to qualify for the tournament. The remaining 26 matches will air on Fox Sports 1  (FS1). Telemundo Deportes will air 56 Spanish-language broadcasts on Telemundo stations and eight on NBCU’s Universo cable channel. Fox’s single-page calendar with the 2018 World Cup broadcast schedule is available at this link. Telemundo’s complete programming schedule is available at this link.

While all the World Cup action — and other related programming — will be available online, to access it both Fox Sports and Telemundo will require users to log in with pay-TV provider credentials.

Here’s how to watch online:

  • Fox Sports will deliver all matches live-streamed at FoxSports.com and via Fox Sports Go apps (for iOS and Android). The World Cup games also will be available on Fox.com and the Fox Now apps for authenticated subscribers of participating cable and satellite TV partners, along with match replays and live and on-demand episodes of “World Cup Tonight” and other programming.
  • Fox Bonus Feeds: In addition to the main broadcast stream, Fox Sports will deliver five bonus feeds for each of the 64 FIFA World Cup matches. Those are Team Channels, encompassing three live video feeds (match simulcast, player and coach/bench) for each country’s team; Match 360, behind-the-scenes views two hours before each match kickoff; Tactical View, a feed from a camera positioned high above one of the goals to show all 22 players on the pitch; a Cable Cam, which is suspended above the pitch; and a highlights feed with a continuous loop showing significant plays as they happen from multiple angles and in super slow-motion.
  • Telemundo’s coverage of the World Cup will be available via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo apps (for iOS and Android) and Telemundo stations’ apps. In addition, the matches will be available via the NBC Sports app (for iOS and Android), as well as most connected-TV platforms, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Samsung Smart TVs.

Other ways to watch this year’s World Cup in the U.S.:

Internet TV Services: Cord-cutters have other options without subscribing to a traditional pay-TV service, as several internet TV services carry Fox broadcast networks and FS1. Those include Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, Sony PlayStation Vue and FuboTV. (Note that not all packages include access to local Fox stations in all areas or FS1.)

Virtual Reality: Fox Sports is teaming with social-VR startup LiveLike to stream all 64 games of the World Cup in virtual reality, available in the Fox Sports VR app (for iOS and Android) with or without a headset. The content is available only to subscribers of participating pay-TV operators. With the app, users can view any match with their Facebook friends (or select a viewing partner at random) and set up avatars in a virtual “suite,” where they’re able to toggle between views or select a director’s cut that automatically selects the best camera angle for live game action. In addition, Facebook’s Oculus will stream four World Cup matches for free in its Oculus Venues social co-viewing app.

Correction: An earlier version of this article, based on a prior announcement from Fox Sports, incorrectly reported that the Fox Soccer Match Pass streaming-subscription service would live-stream the 2018 World Cup matches. In fact, Fox is not providing the World Cup broadcasts through Fox Soccer Match Pass, which does not require a pay-TV subscription.

POPULAR ON VARIETY: 

More Digital

  • T.J. Dillashaw, right, kicks Cody Garbrandt

    Disney Plans UFC Broadcast for FX

    UFC matches will return to FX  – but not on a permanent basis. ESPN has been showing preliminary bouts to UFC pay-per-view events for the last while on ESPN and ESPN2, and then showing the main card on its ESPN+ subscription video service. In September, the early lineup will air on FX, which the UFC [...]

  • fundo logo

    Google‘s Area 120 Is Testing Fundo, a Crowdfunding Service for Creators (EXCLUSIVE)

    Google’s skunkworks lab Area 120 has been quietly testing an events-centric crowdfunding service for YouTubers, Variety has learned. Called Fundo, the service allows creators to invite their fans to virtual meet & greet sessions and other paid online events. A Google spokesperson confirmed the testing in a statement provided to Variety: “One of the many [...]

  • Telling Lies - Logan Marshall-Green

    Sam Barlow's 'Telling Lies' Government-Surveillance Thriller Game Sets Release Date

    After more than two years in the works, “Telling Lies” — the investigative thriller from acclaimed game creator Sam Barlow — is ready to take the stage. The game, produced with and released by Annapurna Interactive, will be available next Friday, Aug. 23, via Steam and Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores. “Telling Lies” will [...]

  • YouTube logo

    YouTube Will Stop Letting Copyright Holders Seize Revenue via Manual Claims on Very Short Music Clips

    YouTube is pushing back against overzealous copyright policing by music companies. Starting in mid-September, the video giant will forbid copyright holders from making manual claims to commandeer revenue generated by YouTube videos that include very short music clips (e.g., five seconds of a song) or “unintentional” music (like music from passing cars). “One concerning trend [...]

  • Chelsea Handler memoir book buy online

    Chelsea Handler Bonds With Alexa in iHeartRadio Smart Speaker Promo

    iHeartRadio has teamed up with Amazon to promote Chelsea Handler’s podcast “Life Will Be The Death Of Me.” Beginning this Thursday, users of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and other devices with Alexa built-in can opt to get their mornings started with Handler cracking jokes and exchanging banter with the smart assistant. Users simply have to [...]

  • David Messinger, Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO

    Activision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer. Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard’s president and COO. It’s the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content