Broadcast rights to the World Cup, which were previously held by ABC/ESPN, will be controlled by Fox this summer.
FOX Sports announced the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will see 38 matches on broadcast television, which is more than the last four World Cups combined. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil had 10 games broadcast on ABC, 11 on ESPN2 and 43 on ESPN.
“The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is not only the summer’s biggest sporting event, but FOX Sports’ largest production in our 24-year history,” said FOX Sports Executive Producer David Neal. “Our programming team has done a terrific job curating a schedule fit for an event of this magnitude, showcasing thrilling matchups on both FOX and FS1, including more matches than ever before on broadcast television.”
With 38 of the 64 matches being broadcast on FOX, the remaining 26 games will be shown on FS1. During the event, which goes from June 14 through July 15, each of the 64 games can also be live-streamed with FOX Sports GO and Fox Soccer Match Pass.
FOX agreed to pay $400 million for the 2018 and 2022 English World Cup TV rights, $200 million for each event. This summer’s FIFA World Cup event will not include the United States men’s national soccer team which failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1986.
The full FIFA World Cup match schedule on Fox can be viewed here.