Group stage matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia are set, and Sporting News is here to give you all the information you need as the world’s best play the world’s game on the world’s biggest stage.
Qualification for the quadrennial competition, which crowns the best international soccer team, began way back in 2015 when a record 210 FIFA member associations across six federations. 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 5, Saudi Arabia 0|
|Uruguay 1, Egypt 0|
|Iran 1, Morocco 0|
|Portugal 3, Spain 3|
|France 2, Australia 1|
|Argentina 1, Iceland 1|
|Denmark 1, Peru 0|
|Croatia 2, Nigeria 0|
|Costa Rica 0, Serbia 1|
|Germany 0, Mexico, 1|
|Brazil 1, Switzerland 1|
|Sweden 1, South Korea 0|
|Belgium 3, Panama 0|
|Tunisia 1, England 2|
|Senegal 2, Poland 1|
|Japan 2, Colombia 1|
|Russia 3, Egypt 1|
|Portugal 1, Morocco 0|
|Uruguay 1, Saudi Arabia 0|
|Spain 2, Iran 1|
|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, Fox|
|Germany vs. Sweden, 11 a.m., Sochi, Fox|
|South Korea vs. Mexico, 2 p.m., Rostov, Fox|
|England vs. Panama, 8 a.m., Nizhny Novgorod, FS1|
|Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m., Yekaterinburg, Fox|
|Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m., Kazan, Fox|
|Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m., Volgograd, Fox/FS1|
|Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m., Samara, Fox/FS1|
|Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m., Saransk, Fox/FS1|
|Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m. ET, Kaliningrad, Fox/FS1|
|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.
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