The 2018 World Cup — the 21st edition of the international football tournament — will be held in Russia. This is the first time that the tournament will be held in Russia.
Thirty-one soccer teams earned the right to play for the FIFA World Cup trophy and Russia was given an automatic bid into the competition to complete the field as is customary for the event’s host country.
When is the 2018 World Cup?
The World Cup will be played from June 14 through July 15.
Where is the 2018 World Cup?
The World Cup will be held at 12 different venues throughout Russia, ranging from the 35,212-seat Kaliningrad Stadium to the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium, the site of the final, in Moscow.
World Cup teams, groups
|2018 World Cup pairings|
|Group A: Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay|
|Group B: Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain|
|Group C: Australia, Denmark, France Peru|
|Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigera|
|Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland|
|Group F: Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Sweden|
|Group G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia|
|Group H: Colombia, Panama, Japan, Senegal|
World Cup schedule
All times Eastern.
|Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m., Moscow, Fox|
|Egypt vs. Uruguay, 8 a.m., Yekaterinburg, FS1|
|Morocco vs. Iran, 11 a.m., Saint Petersburg, Fox|
|Portugal vs. Spain, 2 p.m., Sochi, Fox|
|France vs. Australia, 6 a.m., Kazan, FS1|
|Argentina vs. Iceland, 10 a.m., Moscow, Fox|
|Peru vs. Denmark, 12 p.m., Saransk, FS1|
|Croatia vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m., Kaliningrad, FS1|
|Costa Rica vs. Serbia, 8 a.m., Samara, Fox|
|Germany vs. Mexico, 11 a.m., Moscow, FS1|
|Brazil vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m., Rostov, FS1|
|Sweden vs. South Korea, 8 a.m., Nizhny Novgorod, FS1|
|Belgium vs. Panama, 11 a.m., Sochi, FS1|
|Tunisia vs. England, 2 p.m., Volgograd, FS1|
|Poland vs. Senegal, 8 a.m., Moscow, FS1|
|Colombia vs. Japan, 11 a.m., Saransk, Fox|
|Russia vs. Egypt, 2 p.m., Saint Petersburg, Fox|
|Portugal vs. Morocco, 8 a.m., Moscow, FS1|
|Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m., Rostov, Fox|
|Iran vs. Spain, 2 p.m., Kazan, Fox|
|France vs. Peru, 8 a.m., Yekaterinburg, FS1|
|Denmark vs. Australia, 11 a.m, Samara, Fox|
|Argentina vs. Croatia, 2 p.m., Nizhny Novgorod, Fox|
|Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m., Saint Petersburg, FS1|
|Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m., Volgograd, Fox|
|Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m., Kaliningrad, Fox|
|Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m., Moscow, Sky Sports, BT, Fox|
|Germany vs. Sweden, 11 a.m., Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|South Korea vs. Mexico, 2 p.m., Rostov, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|England vs. Panama, 8 a.m., Nizhny Novgorod, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m., Yekaterinburg, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m., Kazan, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m., Volgograd, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m., Samara, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m., Saransk, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m. ET, Kaliningrad, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Fox|
|Australia vs. Peru, 10 a.m., Sochi, Fox/FS1|
|Denmark vs. France, 10 a.m., Moscow, Fox/FS1|
|Iceland vs. Croatia, 2 p.m., Rostov, Fox/FS1|
|Nigeria vs. Argentina, 2 p.m. ET, Saint Petersburg, Fox/FS1|
|South Korea vs. Germany, 10 a.m., Kazan, Fox/FS1|
|Mexico vs. Sweden, 10 a.m., Yekaterinburg, Fox/FS1|
|Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m., Nizhny Novgorod, Fox/FS1|
|Serbia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m. ET, Saint Petersburg, Fox/FS1|
|Japan vs. Poland, 10 a.m., Volgograd, Fox/FS1|
|Senegal vs. Colombia, 10 a.m., Samara, Fox/FS1|
|England vs. Belgium, 2 p.m., Kaliningrad, Fox/FS1|
|Panama vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m., Saransk, Fox/FS1|
Round of 16: June 30-July 3
Quarterfinals: July 6-7
Semifinals: July 10-11
Third-place game: July 14, 10 a.m., St. Petersburg, Fox
Final: July 15, 11 a.m., Moscow, Fox
How to watch the World Cup live
All of the 2018 World Cup games will be aired on television on either FOX or FS1.
The games will be streamed on fuboTV. Click here for a free, seven-day trial.
World Cup news, updates
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