LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports Tuesday announced that it will air 38 World Cup matches live on broadcast television.
That is more than the last four World Cups combined in the United States.
A total of 26 games also will be shown live on FS1.
Russia 2018 will run from June 14 through July 15.
All matches will be live-streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass.
Group stage action begins on the FOX broadcast network with host country Russia battling Saudi Arabia Thursday, June 14 at 11 a.m. ET. The World Cup champion will be crowned on FOX with the final Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m. ET.
“The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is not only the summer’s biggest sporting event, but FOX Sports’ largest production in our 24-year history,” said David Neal, FOX Sports executive producer, FIFA World Cup, and vice president of production. “Our programming team has done a terrific job curating a schedule fit for an event of this magnitude, showcasing thrilling matchups on both FOX and FS1, including more matches than ever before on broadcast television.”
Other matches scheduled for the FOX broadcast network include Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal vs. Spain Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. ET) and Lionel Messi (Argentina vs. Iceland Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m. ET) — both stars are looking for their first World Cup titles — and defending world champion champion Germany (Germany vs. Sweden Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. ET) competing for its fifth World Cup™ title.
FS1’s presentation includes an opening weekend that features Germany, Brazil, France and Mexico. One of the most anticipated doubleheaders of group stage action is on tap Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m. ET as top-ranked Germany squares off against No. 17-ranked Mexico, a team seeking to end a streak of six consecutive defeats in the round of 16. Immediately following, Neymar and Brazil open their World Cup campaign, in search of a sixth title, against Switzerland at 2 p.m. ET).
On Saturday, June 16, Didier Deschamps’ France battles Australia at 6 a.m. ET, and Peru returns to the world’s biggest stage after 36 years against Denmark at noon ET.
FOX Sports will offer extensive coverage studio programming for the month-long tournament originating from Russia’s Red Square, including pregame, postgame and late night shows.