Find all the latest live TV fixtures for World Cup Qualifiers and the World Cup Finals right here.

Thursday 14th June 2018

Russia v Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 ITV

Friday 15th June 2018

Egypt v Uruguay FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 BBC One
Morocco v Iran FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 ITV
Portugal v Spain FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC One

Saturday 16th June 2018

France v Australia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 11:00 BBC One
Argentina v Iceland FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 14:00 ITV
Peru v Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 17:00 BBC One
Croatia v Nigeria FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 20:00 ITV

Sunday 17th June 2018

Costa Rica v Serbia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 ITV
Germany v Mexico FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 BBC One
Brazil v Switzerland FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV

Monday 18th June 2018

Sweden v South Korea FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 ITV
Belgium v Panama FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 BBC One
Tunisia v England FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC One

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Colombia v Japan FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 BBC One
Poland v Senegal FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 ITV
Russia v Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC One

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Portugal v Morocco FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 BBC One
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 BBC One
Iran v Spain FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV

Thursday 21st June 2018

Denmark v Australia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 ITV
France v Peru FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 ITV
Argentina v Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC One

Friday 22nd June 2018

Brazil v Costa Rica FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 ITV
Nigeria v Iceland FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 BBC One
Serbia v Switzerland FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC One

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Belgium v Tunisia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 BBC One
South Korea v Mexico FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 ITV
Germany v Sweden FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV

Sunday 24th June 2018

England v Panama FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 13:00 BBC One
Japan v Senegal FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 16:00 BBC One
Poland v Colombia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV

Monday 25th June 2018

Uruguay v Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 ITV
Saudi Arabia v Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 ITV4
Iran v Portugal FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC TBC
Spain v Morocco FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC TBC

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Denmark v France FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 ITV
Australia v Peru FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 ITV4
Nigeria v Argentina FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC TBC
Iceland v Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 BBC TBC

Wednesday 27th June 2018

South Korea v Germany FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 BBC TBC
Mexico v Sweden FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 BBC TBC
Serbia v Brazil FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV
Switzerland v Costa Rica FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV4

Thursday 28th June 2018

Japan v Poland FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 BBC TBC
Senegal v Colombia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 15:00 BBC TBC
England v Belgium FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV
Panama v Tunisia FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage 19:00 ITV4

Saturday 30th June 2018

Winner Group C v Second Place Group D FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 15:00 TBC
Winner Group A v Second Place Group B FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 19:00 TBC

Sunday 1st July 2018

Winner Group B v Second Place Group A FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 15:00 TBC
Winner Group D v Second Place Group C FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 19:00 TBC

Monday 2nd July 2018

Winner Group E v Second Place Group F FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 15:00 TBC
Winner Group G v Second Place Group H FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 19:00 TBC

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Winner Group F v Second Place Group E FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 15:00 TBC
Winner Group H v Second Place Group G FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 19:00 TBC

Friday 6th July 2018

QF1 v QF2 FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final 15:00 TBC
QF5 v QF6 FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final 19:00 TBC

Saturday 7th July 2018

QF7 v QF8 FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final 13:00 TBC
QF3 v QF4 FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final 19:00 TBC

 

The FIFA World Cup Tournament

The FIFA World Cup is the ultimate competition for international football teams. Founded in 1930, the competition runs every four years and the destination of each tournament is predetermined by a bidding campaign where countries vie for the honour and privilege to hold it.

Qualification for the final tournament is through each of the six FIFA continental zones Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, and Europe and see’s the teams from these areas compete in groups to make the cut.

The World Cup Finals, as the tournament itself is known, features the 32 nations that qualified from their respective continental zones. Teams are split into 8 groups of 4 where each team plays each other once. On completion of the group stages the top two from each group then go on to the last 16 knockout phase. From there we progress to the quarter finals, the semi finals and then the final itself.

It has been announced that the 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing in 16 groups of three before progressing to a knockout stage featuring 32 teams.

Broadcasting

With a total audience of 26.29 billion worldwide viewers for the 2006 finals, The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and broadcasting distribution is shared by many companies who try to ensure their unique take on events pleases their viewers.

Because of this reach it is a huge opportunity for sponsorship deals with giants like Adidas, McDonalds and Coca Cola tending to feature.

Winners

For the first 40 years of the tournament the winners got the Jules Rimet trophy but after Brazil won their third tournament in 1970 they were awarded the trophy with a new World Cup being designed. Weighing 13.6lb, the trophy is 75% 18 carat gold.

In the 20 World Cups to date only eight different nations have won the trophy with Brazil winning the most amount of times at five. Both Italy and Germany have won the title 4 times and Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, England and France have also won the World Cup.

The following shows the years that the trophy was held and who won;

1930

Uruguay

1934

Italy

1938

Italy

1950

Uruguay

1954

West Germany

1958

Brazil

1962

Brazil

1966

England

1970

Brazil

1974

West Germany

1978

Argentina

1982

Italy

1986

Argentina

1990

West Germany

1994

Brazil

1998

France

2002

Brazil

2006

Italy

2010

Spain

2014

Germany

Player Records

As you can imagine there are a number of important player records held during the history of the FIFA World Cup.

The most World Cup games played by any one player is held by Lothar Matthaus who has competed in 25 matches for Germany (and West Germany) from 1982 through to 1998. The player to have won the most World Cups is arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pele. Pele won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Pele also holds the record for the youngest player to play in the final when he was just 17years and 249 days when Brazil beat Sweden in 1958 (he also holds the records for the youngest goal scorer, youngest hat-trick scorer and youngest final scorer) . The Youngest player to have played in the tournament was Norman Whiteside who played for Northern Ireland at the age of 17 years and 41 days. The oldest player to have played at the World Cup was Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon who played in goal against Japan at the age of 43years and 3 days. Dino Zoff, the Italian goal keeper, holds the record for the oldest player in a final at 40 years and 133 days.

The overall leading goal scorer for the World Cup is the German leading scorer, Miroslav Klose. Klose scored 16 goals in 4 tournaments from 2002 to 2014. The most scored in any one tournament is held by the French striker Just Fontaine who scored 13 in 1958.

The most goals scored in any one match is held by former Rangers striker Oleg Salenko who netted five times against Cameroon in 1994. Honourable mention must go out to Australia’s Archie Thompson who scored an incredible 13 goals in the 2002 Oceanic qualifier against American Samoa.