World Cup 2018: How to Watch on TV, Online

The tournament kicks off Thursday with Russia competing against Saudi Arabia

Last Updated: June 14, 2018 @ 7:52 AM

Russia and Saudi Arabia are kicking off the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, and the popular sporting event will be live-streamed on various social media platforms and apps.

Fox Sports has the rights to the English broadcasts and will air 38 games live on the network, with over 350 hours of programming. Fox Sports 1 will air an additional 26 matches, while all 64 games will be live-streamed on Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer Match Pass. You can also stream the games live via and

The Fox Sports Go App will live-stream and play replays of all 64 matches, including commentary and highlights. There is no charge to watch the games, all you have to do is log in with a TV provider account.

Telemundo will air more than 500 hours of coverage on TV as well as 1,000 plus hours on its digital platforms, including apps like Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports. The Telemundo Deportes VR App will show all 64 games through a virtual suite. NBC Universo is also airing the Spanish broadcasts. Of course, ESPN’s SportsCenter will cover the World Cup for a special one-hour event ever night.

This year, social media platforms are rolling out coverage options more than ever, with Twitter, Instagram and YouTube honing in. On Twitter, you can follow @FIFAWorldCup to see behind-the-scenes footage as well as any match coverage you are looking for, plus you can connect with your favorite players.

YouTube is offering all games live in English and Spanish through Fox, Telemundo and NBC Universo in the U.S. Facebook will not be live-streaming the events.

According to Time, Hulu Live, FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV are offering packages to make the World Cup available to users.

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia will kick off the World Cup on Thursday at 8 a.m. PST.