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It’s been a long four years, but finally, we’re back to talking about the World Cup. Yes, it’s tragic that the United States didn’t make the cut this time around, but you never know what new team you’ll gravitate toward.
And one thing’s for sure—you need to watch the World Cup. The beautiful game is waiting.
What you need to know before streaming the World Cup
Here’s all the need-to-know information about the World Cup:
- When is the World Cup? June 14 to July 15, 2018
- Where is the World Cup? Russia
- What channels air the World Cup? FOX, FS1, and Telemundo
- Who is going to win the World Cup? Want to borrow our Grays Sports Almanac?
Everything you need to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup online
Every streaming service we recommend carries all the channels you need to stream the World Cup. Pay close attention to the number of FOX affiliates. The higher the number of affiliates, the more likely you can stream FOX in your area.
Best options for streaming the World Cup online
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Looking for more international options?
Attention all Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and Polish speakers—we have a solution for you too. Sling TV offers channel packages that carry World Cup coverage for each of your languages. Check out our #6 recommendation for more details.
#1 fuboTV: Watch the World Cup with an awesome promotional price
What we like about it: $35 for the entire World Cup
Drawbacks: Higher price after the first month
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for a short-term commitment
It’s a streaming service with an obsession for international soccer, and the World Cup is fuboTV’s chance to shine. You can try out fuboTV and watch the World Cup for free with a 7-day trial.
A promotional price made for the World Cup
We’re not sure if fuboTV timed it this way on purpose, but the first-month promotional price of $34.99 makes it a perfect fit to stream the World Cup—especially if you’re not looking for a long-term streaming commitment.
Once the first month is up, the subscription price jumps to $44.99 per month going forward. Compared to a Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV, the regular price is a bit much. But if you like the unique soccer coverage, you might want to hold on to your subscription. And if not, you can easily cancel at the end of your first month without any strings attached.
So, what makes fuboTV our number-one choice for streaming the World Cup? Your fuboTV subscription gets you FOX (with plenty of local coverage), FS1, Telemundo, and Univision. Along with those World Cup channels, you can enjoy over 60 channels total, including NBA TV, the NFL Network, and Univision.
30 hours of cloud DVR storage
Your fuboTV subscription comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage, which you’ll need to stay on top of if you plan on recording the majority of the FIFA matches.
If you’re the type of person who can’t stand watching commercials during live sports (like me), you can upgrade to 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. As long as you’re okay watching the game afters, you can watch free of commercials. It’ll cost you an additional $9.99 a month, but the time you save might just justify the price.
Check out our fuboTV review to learn more about the pros and cons for this streaming service.
fuboTV device compatibility
You can stream the World Cup with fuboTV on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and plenty of other streaming devices.
Make sure you can livestream the World Cup in your area
Out of all the streaming services, fuboTV has the most local FOX coverage, making it your best bet for watching the World Cup live. Here’s how to make sure you can watch the World Cup in your area:
- Check out fuboTV’s list of local stations.
- Search for your market by pressing Control + F if you’re a PC user or Command + F if you’re on a Mac and typing in your town.
- Make sure a FOX local station lines up with your town.
#2 Hulu with Live TV: Stream the World Cup now and binge-watch shows later
What we like about it: Comes with Hulu’s entire streaming library
Drawbacks: More pricey than fuboTV for watching the World Cup
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for something to do during halftime
Hulu with Live TV is kind of like the Manchester United of streaming services. It’s pretty stacked at every position—lots of channels, on-demand streaming, and cloud DVR. Much like Manchester United, the payroll is much more expensive than a month of fuboTV.
You can try out Hulu with Live TV’s trial period and watch the World Cup free for at least 7 days.
Watch World Cup online and lots of on-demand shows too
Hulu with Live TV comes with over 60 channels for $39.99 a month, including FOX, FS1, and Telemundo. So, you’ve got your World Cup channels covered, but on top of that you have the key to Hulu’s entire streaming library.
50 hours of cloud DVR storage
The average World Cup match takes about two hours, which means you could record up to 25 matches throughout the World Cup at a time. As long as you make sure to delete content after you watch it, you could easily record every match.
If that’s not enough, you can always upgrade to unlimited cloud DVR for an additional $14.99 per month. But if you stay on top of your recordings, we think you can get away with the original 50 hours.
Check out our Hulu with Live TV review to learn more.
Hulu with Live TV device compatibility
You can stream the World Cup with Hulu on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and other streaming devices.
Make sure you can stream the World Cup with Hulu in your area
Hulu doesn’t have quite as much FOX coverage as fuboTV—thankfully, you can make sure you get FOX in your area before subscribing. Here’s how you find out.
- Go to Hulu’s website.
- Scroll down until you see all the channel icons. Right below the channels, you’ll see a link that reads “View all channels in your area.”
- Click that link and enter your ZIP code.
- Make sure you see FOX in your results.
#3 DIRECTV NOW: Stream the World Cup and other channels galore
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What we like about it: Lots of channels for a reasonable price
Drawbacks: Weak cloud DVR, not as much FOX coverage as Hulu or fuboTV.
Who it’s perfect for: Fans with a penchant for channel surfing
DIRECTV NOW’s claim to fame is stuffing lots of channels into reasonably priced packages. Try out DIRECTV NOW and watch the World Cup for free with a 7-day trial.
World Cup channels and a lot more to choose from
You’ve got four different packages to pick from with DIRECTV NOW, but the good news is that you can choose the cheapest one to stream the World Cup. And we’re all about the cheapest solution.
The Live a Little package includes over 60 channels, including FOX, FS1, and Telemundo for $35 a month. That’s the second-best price you’ll find for all the channels you’ll need to watch the World Cup—and plenty more to enjoy between matches.
Only 20 hours of cloud DVR storage
The biggest downside of DIRECTV NOW is its really low cloud DVR storage. Unless you stay on top of your DVR with Jose Mourinho-level management skills, you can really run out of that storage fast.
Check out our DIRECTV NOW review for a deeper look into the exciting world of DVR specs and stats. It’s a good read.
How to make sure you can watch the World Cup in your area with DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW carries FOX in only 70 markets across the country, so you’ll want to make sure you can stream the World Cup in your area.
- Enter your ZIP code here.
- Make sure you see FOX.
DIRECTV NOW device compatibility
DIRECTV NOW is compatible with most major streaming services, you so you can watch the World Cup on Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
#4 YouTube TV: Record the entire World Cup
What we like about it: Unlimited cloud DVR
Drawbacks: More expensive than fuboTV or DIRECTV NOW
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who like to record everything
YouTube TV brings a lot to the table and comes with everything you need to watch the World Cup online. You can try out YouTube TV with a 7-day trial and watch the World Cup for free while you’re at it. You can also scream GOOOOOOOOOOOOL for free, too.
YouTube TV hooks you up with all the World Cup channels
We all use YouTube to watch amazing highlights, but it now has a live TV service as well. YouTube TV offers only one channel package, but it’s got everything we need—FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and over 65 other channels for $40 a month. Compared to fuboTV and DIRECTV NOW, the main thing holding it back is price for streaming the World Cup
True soccer fans can add FOX Soccer Plus to their subscription for an extra $15 a month, but you don’t need that channel to stream the World Cup.
Unlimited cloud DVR
It’s true—you can record literally every match in the World Cup and watch them whenever it’s convenient for you. The only catch is that your content deletes after nine months, but that should give you plenty of time to watch all the games.
Read our YouTube TV review for more info about this really strong streaming service.
How can I be sure I can watch the World Cup in my area with YouTube TV?
YouTube TV offers FOX coverage in 98 markets across the country, so chances are fair that you’ll have it. But you can make sure before subscribing.
- Go to YouTube TV’s website.
- Scroll down to the FOX sports that covers your area.
- Click where it says “Check if this network is available in your area.”
- Enter your ZIP code.
YouTube TV device compatibility
You can livestream the World Cup with YouTube TV on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and some other devices.
#5 ExpressVPN: Access more international coverage
What we like about it: Bypass geographical restrictions
Drawbacks: Overall a little more complicated process
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking to stream the World Cup from a different country
Let’s say you’re a huge fan of the French national team. As great as the announcers are on Fox and FS1, it doesn’t compare to hearing a local broadcast. ExpressVPN can help you access more local content. You can try it out with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
How do I use a VPN to watch the World Cup?
In a nutshell, what you want to do is connect to an IP address in the country you want to access. We go through details in our ExpressVPN review that you can check out.
Express VPN device compatibility
You can access the ExpressVPN app on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
#6 Wildcard: Sling TV international packages
For fans who prefer watching the beautiful game in their native tongue, Sling TV offers international channel packages with World Cup coverage. Here are the international language packages that carry all 64 World Cup matches:
- Arabic—7-day free trial
- Brazilian Portuguese—7-day free trial
- French—7-day free trial
- Polish—7-day free trial
Sorry English speakers—Sling TV doesn’t make our recommendations list for you. It offers weak Fox coverage, and considering Fox is a major channel for the World Cup, Sling doesn’t even compare with the other streaming services we’ve recommended.
#7 Wildcard: Antenna
If all else fails, you can always watch the World Cup with a good old-fashioned antenna.
Assuming you live close enough to a broadcast tower, an antenna will hook you up with all of the games that air on FOX and Telemundo. Of course, you won’t get access to all the games that air on FOX Sports. But you’ll likely pick up all the big marquee matchups at least.
What antenna should I get in order to watch the World Cup live stream?
There are a lot of antennas out there, but if we had to choose one, we think the Mohu Leaf 50 on Amazon is a good fit for most. It’s got plenty of range, doesn’t look like an eyesore on an entertainment center, and happens to be eco-friendly.
How do I know if I get FOX in my area with an antenna?
You should feel pretty confident that you can get FOX with an antenna, but just in case:
- Go to Tablo’s website.
- Enter your ZIP code and click See My Channels.
- Scroll down, and you’ll see your channels and how strong the signal will come through.
#8 Wildcard: The Fox Sports Go app
All the World Cup action will stream on the Fox Sports Go app, but you’ll need a cable or streaming subscription to access the app or website.
Heads up: Most streaming services say they authenticate with the Fox Sports Go app, which means you can use your streaming service login information to access the app. However, we tried it with our Sling TV and fuboTV login information and were ultimately unsuccessful. It seems Fox Sports Go wants to keep cable TV in the limelight.
If you can’t stream Fox in your area, Fox Sports Go might be your saving grace, but we highly recommend signing up for a free trial until you can confirm it works for you.
How can I watch the World Cup on Fox Sports Go?
Fox Sports Go gives you two options to stream the World Cup. You can either go to the Fox Sports Go website or download the app on the device of your choice. When you try to watch the World Cup live, you’ll be prompted with a login. Find your streaming or cable provider, and login with your account. You’ll be streaming the World Cup in no time.
Fox Sports Go app device compatibility
The Fox Sports Go app works on pretty much any streaming device you can think of. You should have no problem streaming the World Cup with Fox Sports Go
2018 FIFA World Cup TV schedule
THURSDAY, JUNE 14
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia 11 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Egypt vs. Uruguay 8 a.m. ET Yekaterinburg FS1
Morocco vs. Iran 11 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
Portugal vs. Spain 2 p.m. ET Sochi Fox
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
France vs. Australia 6 a.m. ET Kazan FS1
Argentina vs. Iceland 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
Peru vs. Denmark 12 p.m. ET Saransk FS1
Croatia vs. Nigeria 3 p.m. ET Kaliningrad FS1
SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Costa Rica vs. Serbia 8 a.m. ET Samara Fox
Germany vs. Mexico 11 a.m. ET Moscow FS1
Brazil vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. ET Rostov FS1
MONDAY, JUNE 18
Sweden vs. South Korea 8 a.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod FS1
Belgium vs. Panama 11 a.m. ET Sochi FS1
Tunisia vs. England 2 p.m. ET Volgograd FS1
TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Poland vs. Senegal 8 a.m. ET Moscow FS1
Colombia vs. Japan 11 a.m. ET Saransk Fox
Russia vs. Egypt 2 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Portugal vs. Morocco 8 a.m. ET Moscow FS1
Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia 11 a.m. ET Rostov Fox
Iran vs. Spain 2 p.m. ET Kazan Fox
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
France vs. Peru 8 a.m. ET Yekaterinburg FS1
Denmark vs. Australia 11 a.m. ET Samara Fox
Argentina vs. Croatia 2 p.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod Fox
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
Brazil vs. Costa Rica 8 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg FS1
Nigeria vs. Iceland 11 a.m. ET Volgograd Fox
Serbia vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. ET Kaliningrad Fox
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Belgium vs. Tunisia 8 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
Germany vs. Sweden 11 a.m. ET Sochi Fox
South Korea vs. Mexico 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
England vs. Panama 8 a.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod FS1
Japan vs. Senegal 11 a.m. ET Yekaterinburg Fox
Poland vs. Colombia 2 p.m. ET Kazan Fox
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt 10 a.m. ET Volgograd Fox/FS1
Uruguay vs. Russia 10 a.m. ET Samara Fox/FS1
Iran vs. Portugal 2 p.m. ET Saransk Fox/FS1
Spain vs. Morocco 2 p.m. ET Kaliningrad Fox/FS1
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Australia vs. Peru 10 a.m. ET Sochi Fox/FS1
Denmark vs. France 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox/FS1
Iceland vs. Croatia 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox/FS1
Nigeria vs. Argentina 2 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox/FS1
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
South Korea vs. Germany 10 a.m. ET Kazan Fox/FS1
Mexico vs. Sweden 10 a.m. ET Yekaterinburg Fox/FS1
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica 2 p.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod Fox/FS1
Serbia vs. Brazil 2 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox/FS1
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Japan vs. Poland 10 a.m. ET Volgograd Fox/FS1
Senegal vs. Colombia 10 a.m. ET Samara Fox/FS1
England vs. Belgium 2 p.m. ET Kaliningrad Fox/FS1
Panama vs. Tunisia 2 p.m. ET Saransk Fox/FS1
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Round of 16: Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 10 a.m. ET Kazan Fox/FS1
Round of 16: Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 2 p.m. ET Sochi Fox/FS1
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Round of 16: Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox/FS1
Round of 16: Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 2 p.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod Fox/FS1
MONDAY, JULY 2
Round of 16: Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 10 a.m. ET Samara Fox/FS1
Round of 16: Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox/FS1
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Round of 16: Match 55 (Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up) 10 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox/FS1
Round of 16: Match 56 (Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up) 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox/FS1
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Quarterfinal: Match 57 (Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner) 10 a.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod FS1
Quarterfinal: Match 58 (Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner) 2 p.m. ET Kazan FS1
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Quarterfinal: Match 60 (Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner) 10 a.m. ET Samara Fox
Quarterfinal: Match 59 (Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner) 2 p.m. ET Sochi Fox
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Semifinal: Match 61 (Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner) 2 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Semifinal: Match 62 (Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner) 2 p.m. ET Moscow Fox
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Third-place match: Match 63 (Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser) 10 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Final: Match 64 (Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner) 11 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
Take the World Cup by the scruff of the neck
It comes only every four years, so you really need to plan on watching the World Cup—and livestreaming it is probably the best and cheapest way to do it. Seriously, you should plan your summer vacations around the World Cup. We sure do.
Now you’ve got options for livestreaming the World Cup. Let us know how you decided to stream or if you have any questions we can help you out with.