The World Cup begins June 14th



Favorites to win

The men’s FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off on Thursday, June 14, in Russia — with 32 teams from around the globe competing for a soccer championship that goes on the line only once every four years.



Dangerous on the pitch

In the 2018 World Cup’s lone opening day match, host Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0. Three more soccer matches are scheduled for Friday, June 15, including an eagerly awaited Portugal vs. Spain showdown, and seven others will be played over the weekend. The World Cup 2018 tournament’s championship match will take place a month later — after several rounds of eliminations — on Sunday, July 15.



Not always lucky

American fans, note that the United States did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. So don’t tune in expecting to see the men of Team USA in action; they’ll probably be watching from home, just like you.



Handsome and talented

It is possible to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 for free, or at least most of it, no matter whether you want to tune in on TV or stream the games online. Fox Sports has the rights for English broadcasts of all games, and they are being aired on a combination of local Fox broadcast stations — which are always free with a digital antenna — and the pay TV channel FS1. The World Cup Spanish broadcasts are available on either Telemundo or NBC Universo. (You may not understand all the commentary, but you can certainly appreciate the announcer’s notable “Gooooooool!” call at every score.)

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Sandy Yang