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The 2018 FIFA World Cup ran from the 15th of June until the 16th of July. This is The Roar’s full World Cup live stream guide, with all the information on how you could watch every game of the tournament online.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was broadcast in its entirety in a shared deal between Optus Sport and SBS. The deal will allow SBS to broadcast some games on their digital platforms and free-to-air TV channel. Optus customers had access to watch every single game on Optus Sport.
To see when each and every game starts, you can check out the full 2018 FIFA World Cup schedule right here on The Roar.
SBS were originally set to show 25 World Cup games live and free on The World Game website, the official World Cup app and be shown later on SBS On Demand, as well as their TV station. However, with the failings of Optus, it was announced on June 18 that SBS would help with coverage for the next 48 hours before, on June 20, all group stage matches were surrendered to the free-to-air broadcaster.
Then, on June 28, it was announced all matches of the knockout stage would also be surrendered to SBS.
The original 25 games included all Socceroos matches, the opening match of the tournament, and their game of the day every day. SBS will also broadcast two of the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final.
Now, however, all remaining matches of the World Cup will be broadcast on SBS.
The details of the 2022 FIFA World Cup live streaming in Australia are expected to be the same as 2018.
|Date||Kickoff time (AEST)||Fixture|
|Fri June 15||1:00 AM||Russia vs Saudi Arabia|
|Sat June 16||4:00 AM||Portugal vs Spain|
|Sat June 16||8:00 PM||Australia vs France|
|Mon June 18||1:00 AM||Germany vs Mexico|
|Mon June 18||10:00 PM||Sweden vs South Korea|
|Tue June 19||1:00 AM||Belgium vs Panama|
|Tue June 19||4:00 AM||Tunisia vs England|
|Tue June 19||10:00 PM||Colombia vs Japan|
|Wed June 20||1:00 AM||Poland vs Senegal|
|Wed June 20||4:00 AM||Russia vs Egypt|
|Wed 20 Jun||10:00 PM||Portugal vs Morocco|
|Thu 21 Jun||1:00 AM||Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia|
|Thu 21 Jun||4:00 AM||Iran vs Spain|
|Thu 21 Jun||10:00 PM||Denmark vs Australia|
|Fri 22 Jun||1:00 AM||France vs Peru|
|Fri 22 Jun||4:00 AM||Argentina vs Croatia|
|Fri 22 Jun||10:00 PM||Brazil vs Costa Rica|
|Sat 23 Jun||1:00 AM||Nigeria vs Iceland|
|Sat 23 Jun||4:00 AM||Serbia vs Switzerland|
|Sat 23 Jun||10:00 PM||Belgium vs Tunisia|
|Sun 24 Jun||1:00 AM||South Korea vs Mexico|
|Sun 24 Jun||4:00 AM||Germany vs Sweden|
|Sun 24 Jun||10:00 PM||England vs Panama|
|Mon 25 Jun||1:00 AM||Japan vs Senegal|
|Mon 25 Jun||4:00 AM||Poland vs Colombia|
|Tue 26 Jun||12:00 AM||Uruguay vs Russia|
|Tue 26 Jun||12:00 AM||Saudi Arabia vs Egypt|
|Tue 26 Jun||4:00 AM||Iran vs Portugal|
|Tue 26 Jun||4:00 AM||Spain vs Morocco|
|Wed 27 Jun||12:00 AM||Denmark vs France|
|Wed 27 Jun||12:00 AM||Australia vs Peru|
|Wed 27 Jun||4:00 AM||Nigeria vs Argentina|
|Wed 27 Jun||4:00 AM||Iceland vs Croatia|
|Thu 28 Jun||12:00 AM||Mexico vs Sweden|
|Thu 28 Jun||12:00 AM||South Korea vs Germany|
|Thu 28 Jun||4:00 AM||Serbia vs Brazil|
|Thu 28 Jun||4:00 AM||Switzerland vs Costa Rica|
|Fri 29 Jun||12:00 AM||Japan vs Poland|
|Fri 29 Jun||12:00 AM||Senegal vs Colombia|
|Fri 29 Jun||4:00 AM||Panama vs Tunisia|
|Fri 29 Jun||4:00 AM||England vs Belgium|
|Knockout Stage||Sun 1 Jul||12:00 AM||France vs Argentina|
|Sun 1 Jul||4:00 AM||Uruguay vs Portugal|
|Mon 2 Jul||12:00 AM||Spain vs Russia|
|Mon 2 Jul||4:00 AM||Croatia vs Denmark|
|Tue 3 Jul||12:00 AM||Brazil vs Mexico|
|Tue 3 Jul||4:00 AM||1G vs 2H|
|Wed 4 Jul||12:00 AM||Sweden vs Switzerland|
|Wed 4 Jul||4:00 AM||1H vs 2G|
|Sat 7 Jul||12:00 AM||W49 vs W50|
|Sat 7 Jul||4:00 AM||W53 vs W54|
|Sun 8 Jul||12:00 AM||W55 vs W56|
|Sun 8 Jul||4:00 AM||W51 vs W52|
|Wed 11 Jul||4:00 AM||WQF1 vs WQF2|
|Thu 12 Jul||4:00 AM||WQF3 vs WQF4|
|Sun 15 Jul||12:00 AM||LSF1 vs LSF2|
|World Cup final|
|Mon 16 Jul||1:00 AM||WSF1 vs WSF2|
All 64 World Cup matches will be available to listen to on SBS radio. SBS will also have a daily show from Russia with news and highlights from the tournament. SBS digital platforms The World Game and the official World Game app will also provide news, live replays and highlights along with statistics.
SBS’s coverage will feature exclusive commentary from the iconic Martin Tyler alongside channel regulars Lucy Zelic, Craig Foster, David Basheer, Craig Moore and David Zdrillic. Their radio offering will include commentary from former Matildas striker Kate Gill, Roar expert and former Socceroos goalkeeper Clint Bolton and current Melbourne City defender Scott Jamieson.
The paid option: Optus
On the other side of the deal, Optus has gained rights to the whole tournament to be able to show all 64 matches live across multiple platforms.
They’ll be broadcasting a stack of content over the course of the tournament, including all matches, highlights, pre and post game shows and interviews, with a commentary team which includes a number of former Socceroos, including Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi and Brett Emerton. This content will be available on the Optus Sport app and website.
There will be two dedicated 24/7 football channels carried on Optus’ subscription TV platform, Optus TV with Fetch, Chromecast and Apple TV. This where Optus will broadcast all 64 games live, but the channel will also be available on the Optus Sport app and website.
In a major win for football fans, Optus announced on May 1 that you no longer have to be an Optus customer to access their live sport, as was the case during their first three seasons of English Premier League coverage.
The ‘direct-to-customer’ subscription will set fans back $15 per month, while for some Optus users, the sports package is included in your plan.
For existing Optus customers, Optus Sport is included with all 12-month and 24-month postpaid phone plans, select 12-month data-only plans, and select 24-month tablet plans. Optus Sport is included with broadband bundles valued at least $80 per month.
If your Optus plan doesn’t include Optus Sport, you can add it on for an additional $15 per month, unless you’re a pre-paid customer or home wireless broadband customer.
As soon as more details of the 2018 World Cup live streaming coverage are revealed, we’ll be sure to update this page with all the latest info.