You may think the Super Bowl is big. You may even wonder if the Olympics is bigger. But every four years, themore
You may think the Super Bowl is big. You may even wonder if the Olympics is bigger. But every four years, the most watched sporting event in the world is the FIFA World Cup. This year, if you want to watch the World Cup live with the rest of the world, we've found the apps to help you live stream matches to your iPhone or Android phone.
For fans of international football -- and to get this out of the way, that is soccer to Americans -- the prestigious tournament that comes around every four years is a chance to see the stars of football in one place and root for a nation's squad. With 32 teams and 64 matches scheduled between June 14 and July 15, you will have plenty of opportunity to watch world-class football and more than likely see a nation other than your own get crowned champion.
This summer, the 2018 World Cup is held in Moscow and runs June 14 to July 15. The group stage kicks kicks things off, appropriately enough, with Russia playing Saudi Arabia on June 14. The first round of Group A through G matches wraps up June 28, and the round of 16 starts June 30. Quarterfinals begin July 6, and the semifinal matches run July 10 and 11. After 64 games, the final match closes the football tournament on July 15. For complete FIFA World Cup 2018 fixtures, check out the CBS Sports site for the full schedule and check the official website for updates.
This summer, 32 teams will take part in the football World Cup. Russia, as the host country, received an automatic invitation, but the other 31 squads participated in a series of tournaments over two years to qualify. Of course, football heavyweights Brazil, France, and Germany will play, as well as 2014's popular underdog Iceland. Among the surprising countries -- and surprised football fans -- that won't travel to Moscow, both Italy and the U.S. failed to qualify.
Here are the football World Cup 32 qualifiers and eight groups:
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay.
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran.
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark.
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria.
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia.
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea.
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England.
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Columbia, Japan.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Qatar, marking the first football World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the first to be held outside of the summer months, running mid-November to mid-December 2022, to avoid the region's crippling summer heat.
The selection of Qatar as the host nation caused an uproar in international football circles, with accusations of corruption, bribery, poor worker conditions, and unsuitable climate all clouding the selection process. Recent concerns about regional and political uncertainty have added to the controversy.
France will host the next FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019.
And if you can wait, the United States, Mexico, and Canada will jointly host the World Cup in in North America in 2026.
Fox has the broadcast rights in the U.S. to the World Cup and will show more than three dozen matches on its main Fox channel and 26 on its FS1 sports channel. If you want to stream the matches live on your phone, grab the Fox Sports Go app or the Fox Sports app to watch the matches. You can also watch on foxsports.com.
Fox is official broadcaster here is the U.S. for the World Cup, and Fox's Sports Mobile app offers complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 along with related news, podcasts, and video podcasts. You'll need to sign in with the TV provider's credentials to access some content.
The Fox Sports Go app will also provide live coverage of matches. Again, you'll need to sign in with your provider's credentials to watch the games.
You don’t need to subscribe to a cable or satellite service, however, to watch World Cup matches on Fox. If you’re a cord-cutter, DirectTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all carry Fox and FS1 in select markets as part of a subscription package. Confirm that the Fox local affiliate is available in your region before you subscribe.
For $35 a month, sign up to DirecTV Now's basic streaming service, which comes with Fox and FS1, plus Telemundo Deportes for Spanish-language broadcasts. You need to pay a bit more to get the Universo channel.
The soccer-rich Fubo TV streaming service has Fox, FS1, Telemundo, and Universo as part of its channel package, with subscriptions starting at $44.99 a month.
Hulu with Live TV offers 50 or so channels -- including Fox, FX1, and Telemundo -- for $39.99 a month, with access to all of Hulu's on-demand catalog.
The basic Access subscription level of Playstation Vue includes Fox, FS1, and Telemundo with 50-something other channels, for $39.99 a month.
For value -- $25 a month -- sign up for SlingTV's Blue package, which includes Fox and FS1 among its 45 channels. You need to pay a bit more to add Universo to the mix.