Category: World Cup 2018

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network — one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The World Cup Draw wrap-up show on ESPN2 was watched by more viewers than the Draw itself on FS1. And importantly, ESPN2’s broadcast doubled the viewership from FS1’s post ... Read more

World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear. Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay This is a remarkably weak group. It has the lowest ELO score of all the groups by a substantial margin, and Nate Silver tweeted that the Russians couldn’t have done much better if they had tried to rig the draw. With that in mind: this group should have plenty of intrigue, the soul-sapping prospect of an opening game between Russia ... Read more

World Cup TV coverage FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV schedule

For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips. World Cup TV coverage FAQ:   Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States? A: FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language rights to World Cup 2018, while Telemundo has the exclusive Spanish-language rights to World Cup 2018.   Q: How many games will be televised live ... Read more

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers. Of the eight matches that Telemundo Deportes will not be showing on the Telemundo channel, those games will be shown live on Universo ... Read more

FIFA World Cup Draw to air live on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on December 1

The official draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be televised live in the United States on Telemundo Deportes and Universo on Friday, December 1. With the coverage beginning at 9:30am ET, soccer fans in the United States will finally learn which nations will be matched with other countries and what the schedule will look like for the first two weeks of the competition. The level of anticipation for the FIFA World Cup Draw is always intense. And Telemundo Deportes will have their talent and camera crews in Russia at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow to bring the ... Read more

What are the kickoff times for World Cup 2018?

For soccer fans wanting to plan ahead for the summer tournament, what are the kickoff times for World Cup 2018? The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played in Russia from June 14 to July 15 with 32 of the top countries from around the world competing to be crowned the best soccer nation on the planet. For soccer fans in the United States, the games will be shown across several TV networks including FOX, FS1, FS2 and Telemundo as well as Universo. Plus there’ll be a ton of legal streaming options available. As far as the kickoff times are ... Read more

World Cup qualifiers: Preview of final games to determine who will be in World Cup

In a week’s time, the field for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be set. All that’s left to settle are four playoff ties in Europe, two pitting teams from across continental divides, and three groups in Africa. Drama is guaranteed. The tournament, as we approach the new year, lies just around the corner. UEFA (EUROPE) Northern Ireland v. Switzerland: Switzerland had an excellent campaign – winning their first nine games – but it was undone on the final day of group play when they were beaten soundly in Portugal and lost the top spot on goal difference. ... Read more

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing. We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas. We need to raise coaching standards. But those structural problems aren’t new, and they aren’t what prevented the U.S. from getting to Russia next summer. Pay to play is a travesty, but we’ve had a pay to play system in this country ... Read more