World Cup 2018 on UK TV: Which live matches are on BBC and ITV?


This summer, the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup takes place in Russia with 32 teams from around the globe involved in the fight for supremacy.

The biggest sporting event in the world, every game will be beamed into houses across six continents as the most talented players showcase their talents on football’s grandest stage.

The likes of Brazil, Uruguay and France are out to add to their collections, while tournament hosts Russia will look for inspiration from the home support as they seek their first world title.

June and July are set for near-daily football action, so to help you decide what to watch and when, Goal has compiled all the live matches on TV in the UK, including the group stage , round of 16 , quarter-finals , semi-finals and the World Cup 2018 final itself.

World Cup 2018 matches on UK TV

Monday July 2, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Brazil vs Mexico Round of 16 3pm ITV
Belgium vs Japan Round of 16 7pm BBC One

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Sweden vs Switzerland Round of 16 3pm BBC One
Colombia vs England Round of 16 7pm ITV

Friday July 6, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Uruguay vs France Quarter-finals 3pm TBC
Quarter-finalist 5 vs Quarter-finalist 6 Quarter-finals 7pm TBC

Saturday July 7, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Quarter-finalist 7 vs Quarter-finalist 8 Quarter-finals 3pm TBC
Russia vs Croatia Quarter-finals 7pm TBC

Tuesday July 10, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Semi-finalist 1 vs Semi-finalist 2 Semi-finals 7pm TBC

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Semi-finalist 3 vs Semi-finalist 4 Semi-finals 7pm TBC

Saturday July 14, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Semi-final 1 loser vs Semi-final 2 loser Third-place play-off 3pm TBC

Sunday July 15, 2018

Match Group / stage Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Semi-final 1 winner vs Semi-final 2 winner Final 4pm BBC One / ITV

England World Cup 2018 matches on UK TV

England were drawn in Group G at the World Cup alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Their games will be shown live on TV on both BBC and ITV.

Gareth Southgate’s side got started on June 18 when they defeated Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena and that game was shown live on BBC One.

After that, the Three Lions took on World Cup new-comers Panama on June 24, and they triumphed 6-1 in a game that was broadcast live on BBC One.

England’s final game in Group G took place on June 28 against Belgium and they switched channel for that match, with ITV broadcasting it live on TV.

They remain on ITV for their last 16 encounter against Colombia, which will be played on July 3. 

Those games can also be streamed live online using either the BBC iPlayer or the ITV Player services.

Match Stage Date / Kick-off time (BST) Channel
Tunisia vs England Group G Jun 18 / 7pm BBC One
England vs Panama Group G Jun 24 / 1pm BBC One
England vs Belgium Group G Jun 28 / 7pm ITV
Colombia vs England Last 16 July 3 / 7pm ITV

How to watch the 2018 World Cup final on TV

The 2018 World Cup final is set to take place on Sunday, July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

It is scheduled to kick off at 4pm BST (6pm local time) and it can be watched live on TV on both BBC One and ITV.

The World Cup final will also be available to stream live online using both those broadcasters’ live-streaming services – the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.

The BBC have announced that they will televise 33 games, including England’s two opening group stage matches against Tunisia and Panama. Former England internationals Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand will form the helm of the BBC punditry team in Russia, while Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta will also be involved.

With Gary Lineker leading the coverage, a host of former England players such as Danny Murphy, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown – as well as former Lioness Alex Scott and Gabby Logan – will also be among BBC pundits.

ITV, who will televise 23 World Cup fixtures, have revealed that their punditry team will be led by Gary Neville alongside regulars Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.

England striker Eniola Aluko will also provide analysis, as well as former French international Patrice Evra, Sweden player Henrik Larsson, Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, ex-Croatia and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, and referee Mark Clattenburg.

The 2018 World Cup final is set to take place on Sunday, July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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