FOX Sports on Thursday announcer its broadcaster match assignments for the group stage of the World Cup.
The opening match of the tournament between host country Qatar and Ecuador will feature FOX Sports’ lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and lead match analyst Stu Holden with Jenny Taft and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines. Live coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. ET on FS1 with a 90-minute edition of FIFA WORLD CUP LIVE before the match kicks off at 11:00 a.m. ET.
The second day of the tournament, Monday, Nov. 21 begins with play-by-play announcer Ian Darke joining match analyst and former USMNT legend Landon Donovan in the booth for England vs. Iran (FS1; 8 a.m. ET). They will be joined by sideline reporter Geoff Shreeves. Play-by-play announcer Derek Rae pairs with match analyst and former U.S. women’s national team player Aly Wagner on the call for Senegal vs. Netherlands (FOX; 11 a.m. ET) with Rodolfo Landeros serving as sideline reporter. The Strong, Holden, Taft and Rinaldi quartet close out the second day with the U.S. men’s national team’s tournament opener vs. Wales. (FOX; 2 p.m. ET)
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera partners with match analyst and former USMNT icon Cobi Jones on the first match of the day between Argentina and Saudi Arabia. (FS1; 5 a.m. ET) The following match between Denmark and Tunisia (FS1; 8 a.m. ET) will see Jacqui Oatley become the first woman in U.S. television history to deliver play-by-play at a men’s World Cup match. She will be joined by match analyst Warren Barton on the call.
Every day and night during the tournament, FOX Sports will present studio coverage on the Corniche waterfront promenade in Doha. FOX Sports’ studio coverage will be anchored by hosts Rob Stone and Kate Abdo, analysts Alexi Lalas, Clint Dempsey, Carli Lloyd, Kelly Smith, Maurice Edu, Eni Aluko and Chad Johnson, reporters Taft, Rinaldi, Shreeves and Landeros rules analysts Dr. Joe Machnik and Mark Clattenburg.
DaMarcus Beasley, Jimmy Conrad, Melissa Ortiz and Sacha Kljestan round out the analyst roster in their roles with FOX Sports digital.