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 draw live to you across television and streaming devices.
The coverage by Telemundo Deportes in Spanish, which will be simulcast on Universo (formerly known as NBC Universo), will reveal which countries will be participating in the Groups for the tournament, which will be played June 15 through July 15, 2018 across cities throughout Russia.
Russia, as the host country, will play in the opening game on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Telemundo Deportes’s two and half hour special will be produced live from the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, Russia with participation from Telemundo Deportes studios in Miami. Andrés Cantor will host the coverage from Moscow, joined by Telemundo Deportes’ Carlos Hermosillo, Manuel Sol, Miguel Gurwitz, Sammy Sadovnik and Carlota Vizmanos. Ana Jurka, Copan Alvarez and Karim Mendiburu will provide additional content and coverage of the Draw from Telemundo Deportes Miami Studios.
The Telemundo network will extend its coverage across its programming:
“Un Nuevo Día” – Telemundo’s three-time Emmy award-winning morning show will kickoff the coverage on December 1, beginning at 7 a.m. ET, featuring special segments with Telemundo Deportes’ commentary team in Moscow.
Pre-Draw Special – The live draw presentation will be preceded by a special preview at 9:30 a.m. featuring the analysis of Telemundo Deportes’ experts who will discuss the different case scenarios for some of the favorite teams based on the new format of the draw.
Final Draw – The live presentation of the draw begins at 10 a.m. ET; Cantor will provide commentary alongside Gurwitz.
Post-show special – Following the draw, Telemundo Deportes’ experts will present in-depth analysis of the results, plus live reactions, analysis and predictions from former players, coaches and soccer personalities from around the world.
Throughout the special coverage around the Draw, Telemundo Deportes will also feature special segments and reports highlighting the most compelling stories around teams, players, rivalries and surprises around the FIFA World Cup and the 32 teams qualified. The coverage will also highlight the culture of Russia and the 11 cities and venues that will host the action.