Festival of sport
32 teams, 64 games, four weeks. One of the biggest sporting events in the world and, most definitely, one of the most often watched competitions that all football fans wait for every four years.
Times, venues and broadcasters
2018 FIFA World Cup takes place between June 14 and July 15 in Russia. Exact dates and places where the matches will be played are on the official FIFA website here. If you would like to have the schedule for the matches right at your hand, you can download the Match Schedule in a PDF form and store it on your device to have a quick access to it even if you are offline.
Just the final – when is it?
If you’re not so much into football as to follow all the matches but would like to see the final, the champion will be crowned on 15 July after the final match which is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. ET (3:00 p.m. UTC) on Sunday, 15 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
If you don’t have too much time to watch all the matches, you can always stay informed on the most important highlights. Twitter and Snapchat have partnered with Fox Sports (which is the largest American network covering the World Cup for the US) to show the most important updates. You will be able to see every goal that has been scored just moments after it happens in Twitter. You will also have access to previews, recaps, discussion and lots of behind-the-scenes materials on Snapchat.
Which teams are playing?
Here's the draw for the 2018 World Cup:
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, Colombia, Japan
Who are your best players?
Here's a quick reminder of the top names:
Lionel Messi has done everything in his career – the only thing left for him is winning a World Cup for Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh off his fifth UEFA Champions League victory, is looking for Portugal's first World Cup title
Neymar leading the Brazilian team which hasn't had a chance to win the World Cup since 2002
Those players are probably the most famous names in modern soccer history. However, you are also likely to hear these names mentioned this summer while watching 2018 FIFA World Cup:
Gabriel Jesus, Brazil's another star
Timo Werner, Germany's young forward
Toni Kroos, Germany's fast-running midfielder
Luis Suárez, Uruguay's all-time leading scorer
Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, aka Isco, Spain's skilful attacking midfielder
How to stream FIFA World Cup live online?
As you most probably know, World Cup matches will be covered by a large number of networks and TV stations. Depending on location and language, it will be broadcast in numerous countries via numerous programs and radio stations. Full list of 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights broken down by countries can be found here.
Our suggestion is to choose one of the largest networks that have established their reputation as solid broadcasters and access them using our VPN or Smart DNS solution if you happen to be living outside their geographical operation. They include Fox Sports, BBC iPlayer or FuboTV.
Other streaming options
There are also some other options to be considered such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. Those platforms give you access to several channels (such as Fox, Telemundo or NBC Universo (if you prefer Spanish-speaking world). All of them offer free trials and packages with various prices so you have to decide which of them suits you best.
Do you really need a VPN or Smart DNS?
Yes, you do. Most definitely when you are living in the area which is restricted by the network due to geo-location. Thanks to our VPN network, you will be able to connect to one of our servers which is in the area that is covered by the network of your choice giving you access to live stream. You will also need it when you travel or go on holiday. World Cup happens to coincide with a holiday season in many parts of the world. Why would you want to miss your favorite team’s match just because you go abroad? Not to mention a situation when you’re watching your game and due to some technical problems, your stream is gone. You just connect to another VPN server and keep watching.
How to do it?
Plain and simple. If you don’t have an account with us, sign up, start your free trial and use our VPN to connect to a server of your choice. If you are already with us, log in, set your VPN selecting the server that you want to access and connect to the network that you want to use to stream the World Cup. That’s all that is to it. If you experience any problems, contact our support team and they will be happy to help you set up your connection so that you can have an uninterrupted stream of your matches and enjoy 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia live!
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