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FIFA World Cup 2018 UK Viewing Guide: TV Channels, Online Streaming, Kick-off times and dates

April 20, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
If you live in the U.K., this is the ultimate guide to follow the 2018 World Cup wherever you go. Plan your summer with this comprehensive guide.

ITV and BBC have acquired the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Internet and TV broadcast rights for the UK. This is the 14th straight World Cup that the ITV and BBC will broadcast jointly since the 1966 World Cup hosted in England.

World Cup streaming in the UK will be available on ITV Hub and the BBC iPlayer. Fans can listen to the World Cup live action on BBC radio. Below, please find all the broadcast details by channel, streaming platform for all 64 live FIFA World Cup 2018 fixtures.

All eyes will be on the month-long event which kicks-off with the opening ceremony and match on June 14, 2018, culminating in the final ceremony and World Cup final on July 15, 2018. The following is a comprehensive UK multi-platform broadcast guide for the 2018 FIFA World Cup covering television, internet streaming, apps and radio coverage.

World Cup dates: 14 June to 15 July, 2018

From the opening ceremony and the first match featuring Russia vs Saudi Arabia on June 14, 2018, up to the World Cup final match scheduled for July 15, 2018.

2018 World Cup broadcasting rights in the UK

FIFA awarded the World Cup broadcasting rights for the UK territory to the BBC and ITV. Both networks acquired the English-language broadcast rights for Internet, Mobile and TV platforms.

The World Cup will be broadcast on TV on ITV, ITV4 and BBC One. It will also be streamed live on ITV Hub and the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio acquired the World Cup radio broadcast rights which will be transmitted via BBC Radio on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra.

Watch the 2018 World Cup on TV

BBC and ITV will offer comprehensive live World Cup tournament coverage for UK football fans across its' channels and digital platforms with over 350 hours of World Cup programming. Both networks will share coverage of the World Cup equally.

BBC will air 33 of the 64 World Cup matches live and exclusive, while ITV and ITV 4 will live broadcast the remaining 32 matches exclusively. Both networks will air the World Cup final on BBC and ITV.

ITV will show the opening ceremony and first match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14th as well as England's final group game against Belgium on June 28th. The BBC will show England's first two group matches against Tunisia on June 18th and Panama on June 24th.

In the knockout phase, ITV will have the first pick of the round-of-16 games as well as the first pick of the semi-finals, whereas the BBC has first pick of the quarter-finals. Both ITV and BBC will broadcast the final live on each of their respective networks.

Watch the World Cup 2018 online

ITV and BBC will stream all World Cup games live their own digital platforms: ITV Hub and BBC iPLAYER. Together both streaming services will combine to offer complete coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the UK. All matches will be available live and on-demand.

The World Cup on radio

BBC Radio through BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extrawill offer live coverage of all World Cup matches in the UK.

World Cup match times

Most World Cup matches will be aired between 1 pm BST and 7 pm BST with exception to the France vs Australia game that kicks off at 11 am BST and the Croatia vs Nigeria game that kicks off at 8 pm BST. The opening match and the final will both have a 4 pm BST kick-off time.

When does England play?

England group stage games will be as follows:

  • Tunisia vs England on Monday 18th June, 7:00pm BST on BBC
  • England vs Panama on Sunday 24th June, 1:00pm BST on BBC
  • England vs Belgium on Thursday 28th June, 7:00pm BST on ITV

Which countries are in England's World Cup Group G:

  • England
  • Belgium
  • Panama
  • Tunisia

Official UK World Cup Broadcasters 

World Cup Fixtures:

Please see below for detailed broadcast listings for all 64 World Cup matches broadcasts across all available platforms (TV, Internet, Mobile and Radio) in the UK.

Thursday, 14 June 2018
Live
+11:00am Group A
6:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Russia National TeamRussia 5 - 0 Saudi ArabiaRussia National Team
Friday, 15 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group A
5:00pm local (Yekaterinburg)
Ekaterinburg Arena
Egypt National TeamEgypt 0 - 1 UruguayEgypt National Team
Live
+11:00am Group B
6:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Morocco National TeamMorocco 0 - 1 IranMorocco National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group B
9:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Portugal National TeamPortugal 3 - 3 SpainPortugal National Team
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Live
+6:00am Group C
1:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
France National TeamFrance 2 - 1 AustraliaFrance National Team
Live
+9:00am Group D
4:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Argentina National TeamArgentina 1 - 1 IcelandArgentina National Team
Live
+12:00pm Group C
7:00pm local (Saransk)
Mordovia Arena
Peru National TeamPeru 0 - 1 DenmarkPeru National Team
Live
+3:00pm Group D
9:00pm local (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad Stadium
Croatia National TeamCroatia 2 - 0 NigeriaCroatia National Team
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group E
4:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Costa Rica National TeamCosta Rica 0 - 1 SerbiaCosta Rica National Team
Live
+11:00am Group F
6:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Germany National TeamGermany 0 - 1 MexicoGermany National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group E
9:00pm local (Rostov-on-Don)
Rostov Arena
Brazil National TeamBrazil 1 - 1 SwitzerlandBrazil National Team
Monday, 18 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group F
3:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Sweden National TeamSweden 1 - 0 Korea RepublicSweden National Team
Live
+11:00am Group G
6:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Belgium National TeamBelgium 3 - 0 PanamaBelgium National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group G
9:00pm local (Volgograd)
Volgograd Arena
Tunisia National TeamTunisia 1 - 2 EnglandTunisia National Team
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group H
3:00pm local (Saransk)
Mordovia Arena
Colombia National TeamColombia 1 - 2 JapanColombia National Team
Live
+11:00am Group H
6:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Poland National TeamPoland 1 - 2 SenegalPoland National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group A
9:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Russia National TeamRussia 3 - 1 EgyptRussia National Team
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group B
3:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Portugal National TeamPortugal 1 - 0 MoroccoPortugal National Team
Live
+11:00am Group A
6:00pm local (Rostov-on-Don)
Rostov Arena
Uruguay National TeamUruguay 1 - 0 Saudi ArabiaUruguay National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group B
9:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
Iran National TeamIran 0 - 1 SpainIran National Team
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group C
4:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Denmark National TeamDenmark 1 - 1 AustraliaDenmark National Team
Live
+11:00am Group C
8:00pm local (Yekaterinburg)
Ekaterinburg Arena
France National TeamFrance 1 - 0 PeruFrance National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group D
9:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Argentina National TeamArgentina 0 - 3 CroatiaArgentina National Team
Friday, 22 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group E
3:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Brazil National TeamBrazil 2 - 0 Costa RicaBrazil National Team
Live
+11:00am Group D
6:00pm local (Volgograd)
Volgograd Arena
Nigeria National TeamNigeria 2 - 0 IcelandNigeria National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group E
8:00pm local (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad Stadium
Serbia National TeamSerbia 1 - 2 SwitzerlandSerbia National Team
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group G
3:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Belgium National TeamBelgium 5 - 2 TunisiaBelgium National Team
Live
+11:00am Group F
6:00pm local (Rostov-on-Don)
Rostov Arena
Korea Republic National TeamKorea Republic 1 - 2 MexicoKorea Republic National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group F
9:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Germany National TeamGermany 2 - 1 SwedenGermany National Team
Sunday, 24 June 2018
Live
+8:00am Group G
3:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
England National TeamEngland 6 - 1 PanamaEngland National Team
Live
+11:00am Group H
8:00pm local (Yekaterinburg)
Ekaterinburg Arena
Japan National TeamJapan 2 - 2 SenegalJapan National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group H
9:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
Poland National TeamPoland 0 - 3 ColombiaPoland National Team
Monday, 25 June 2018
Live
+10:00am Group A
5:00pm local (Volgograd)
Volgograd Arena
Saudi Arabia National TeamSaudi Arabia 2 - 1 EgyptSaudi Arabia National Team
Live
+10:00am Group A
6:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Uruguay National TeamUruguay 3 - 0 RussiaUruguay National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group B
9:00pm local (Saransk)
Mordovia Arena
Iran National TeamIran 1 - 1 PortugalIran National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group B
8:00pm local (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad Stadium
Spain National TeamSpain 2 - 2 MoroccoSpain National Team
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Live
+10:00am Group C
5:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Australia National TeamAustralia 0 - 2 PeruAustralia National Team
Live
+10:00am Group C
5:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Denmark National TeamDenmark 0 - 0 FranceDenmark National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group D
9:00pm local (Rostov-on-Don)
Rostov Arena
Iceland National TeamIceland 1 - 2 CroatiaIceland National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group D
9:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Nigeria National TeamNigeria 1 - 2 ArgentinaNigeria National Team
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Live
+10:00am Group F
5:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
Korea Republic National TeamKorea Republic 2 - 0 GermanyKorea Republic National Team
Live
+10:00am Group F
7:00pm local (Yekaterinburg)
Ekaterinburg Arena
Mexico National TeamMexico 0 - 3 SwedenMexico National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group E
9:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Serbia National TeamSerbia 0 - 2 BrazilSerbia National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group E
9:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Switzerland National TeamSwitzerland 2 - 2 Costa RicaSwitzerland National Team
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Live
+10:00am Group H
5:00pm local (Volgograd)
Volgograd Arena
Japan National TeamJapan 0 - 1 PolandJapan National Team
Live
+10:00am Group H
6:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Senegal National TeamSenegal 0 - 1 ColombiaSenegal National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group G
8:00pm local (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad Stadium
England National TeamEngland 0 - 1 BelgiumEngland National Team
Live
+2:00pm Group G
9:00pm local (Saransk)
Mordovia Arena
Panama National TeamPanama 1 - 2 TunisiaPanama National Team
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Live
+10:00am Round of 16
5:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
France National TeamFrance 4 - 3 ArgentinaFrance National Team
Live
+2:00pm Round of 16
9:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Uruguay National TeamUruguay 2 - 1 PortugalUruguay National Team
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Round of 16
5:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Spain National TeamSpain 1 - 1P RussiaSpain National Team
Live
+2:00pm Round of 16
9:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Croatia National TeamCroatia P1 - 1 DenmarkCroatia National Team
Monday, 2 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Round of 16
6:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Brazil National TeamBrazil 2 - 0 MexicoBrazil National Team
Live
+2:00pm Round of 16
9:00pm local (Rostov-on-Don)
Rostov Arena
Belgium National TeamBelgium 3 - 2 JapanBelgium National Team
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Round of 16
5:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Sweden National TeamSweden 1 - 0 SwitzerlandSweden National Team
Live
+2:00pm Round of 16
9:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Colombia National TeamColombia 1 - 1 EnglandColombia National Team
Friday, 6 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Quarter Final 1
5:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Uruguay National TeamUruguay 0 - 2 FranceUruguay National Team
Live
+2:00pm Quarter Final 2
9:00pm local (Kazan)
Kazan' Arena
Brazil National TeamBrazil 1 - 2 BelgiumBrazil National Team
Saturday, 7 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Quarter Final 3
6:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Sweden National TeamSweden 0 - 2 EnglandSweden National Team
Live
+2:00pm Quarter Final 4
9:00pm local (Sochi)
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Russia National TeamRussia 2 - 2P CroatiaRussia National Team
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Live
+2:00pm Semi-final 1
9:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
France National TeamFrance 1 - 0 BelgiumFrance National Team
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Live
+2:00pm Semi-final 2
9:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Croatia National TeamCroatia 2 - 1 EnglandCroatia National Team
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Live
+10:00am Third place match
5:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Belgium National TeamBelgium 2 - 0 EnglandBelgium National Team
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Live
+11:00am Final
6:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
France National TeamFrance 4 - 2 CroatiaFrance National Team

 

 

 


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