Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup LIVE in New Zealand
64 matches. 32 teams. Eight groups. Four weeks. One goal – to lift high the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and cement their place as the greatest football nation in the world. After over two years of gruelling qualifiers around the globe, the 32 top football nations will now go head to head in Russia for the coveted FIFA World Cup™ Trophy.
Of the 32 competing teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearance following the previous tournament in Brazil in 2014 - including defending champions Germany - while Iceland and Panama will be making their first ever appearances at a FIFA World Cup™. Russia, as hosts, qualify automatically – and in doing so become the hosts of the first ever FIFA World Cup™ to be held in Eastern Europe.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues across 11 Russian cities. The tournament will kick off on Friday 15 June (NZT) with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, from 2.48am LIVE on SKY Sport 4. The Final will take place on Monday 16 July (NZT) at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, from 2.48am LIVE on SKY Sport 4.
SKY is proud to be the official New Zealand broadcaster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. We will have LIVE coverage of all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, including daily highlights and replays, from 15 June – 16 July 2018.
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Every match LIVE on SKY Sport!
15 June - 16 July
Your guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ LIVE on SKY Sport