How to watch the World Cup in the UK: TV channels and live streams for every game

How to watch the World Cup in the UK: TV channels and live streams for every game
The World Cup is here! (Picture: Getty)

The World Cup will attract hundreds of millions of viewers from around the world, and thankfully it couldnt be easier to watch all the games in the UK.

Every single game is live on either the BBC or ITV so you dont have to have a subscription to any pay TV channels (just a TV license).

All the games are being streamed as well, so you dont even need to be in front of a television to see them, there is no excuse to miss any!

Here is everything you need to know about where to watch every game…

How to watch the World Cup in the UK: TV channels and live streams for every game
Who will lift this piece of gold in July? (Picture: Getty Images)

How to live stream the matches

If the game is on the BBC you will be able to watch it on the BBC website and if it is on ITV you can watch through the ITV Hub.

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For which games are on which channels, see below.

Group Stage

Thursday 14 June (4pm): Russia v Saudi Arabia ITV

Friday 15 June (1pm): Egypt v Uruguay BBC

Friday 15 June (4pm): Morocco v Iran ITV

Friday 15 June (7pm): Portugal v Spain BBC

Saturday 16 June (11am): France v Australia BBC

Saturday 16, June (5pm): Peru v Denmark BBC

Saturday 16 June (2pm): Argentina v Iceland ITV

Saturday 16 June (8pm): Croatia v Nigeria ITV

Sunday 17 June (7pm): Brazil v Switzerland ITV

Sunday 17 June (1pm): Costa Rica v Serbia ITV

Sunday 17 June (4pm): Germany v Mexico BBC

Monday 18 June (1pm): Sweden v Korea Rep ITV

Monday 18 June (4pm): Belgium v Panama BBC

Monday 18 June (7pm): Tunisia v England BBC

How to watch the World Cup in the UK: TV channels and live streams for every game
England get their tournament underway on 18 June (Picture: Getty Images)

Tuesday 19 June (4pm): Poland v Senegal ITV

Tuesday 19 June (1pm): Colombia v Japan BBC

Tuesday 19 June (7pm): Russia v Egypt BBC

Wednesday 20 June (4pm): Uruguay v Saudi Arabia BBC

Wednesday 20 June (1pm): Portugal v Morocco BBC

Wednesday 20 June (7pm): Iran v Spain ITV

Thursday 21 June (4pm): France v Peru ITV

Thursday 21 June (1pm): Denmark v Australia ITV

Thursday 21 June (7pm): Argentina v Croatia BBC

Friday 22 June (4pm): Nigeria v Iceland BBC

Friday 22 June (1pm): Brazil v Costa Rica ITV

Friday 22 June (7pm): Serbia v Switzerland BBC

Saturday 23 June (1pm): Belgium v Tunisia BBC

Saturday 23 June (4pm): Korea Rep v Mexico ITV

Saturday 23 June (7pm): Germany v Sweden ITV

Sunday 24 June (1pm): England v Panama BBC

How to watch the World Cup in the UK: TV channels and live streams for every game
Harry Kane will lead the line for England against Panama (Picture: Getty Images)

Sunday 24 June (4pm): Japan v Senegal BBC

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Sunday 24 June (7pm): Poland v Colombia ITV

Monday 25 June (3pm): Uruguay v Russia ITV

Monday 25 June (3pm): Saudi Arabia v Egypt ITV4

Monday 25 June (7pm): Iran v Portugal BBC

Monday 25 June (7pm): Spain v Morocco BBC

Tuesday 26 June (3pm): Denmark v France ITV

Tuesday 26 June (3pm): Australia v Peru ITV4

Tuesday 26 June (7pm): Nigeria v Argentina BBC

Tuesday 26 June (7pm): Iceland v Croatia BBC

Wednesday 27 June (7pm): Serbia v Brazil ITV

Wednesday 27 June (7pm): Switzerland v Costa Rica ITV 4

Wednesday 27 June (3pm): Korea Rep v Germany BBC

Wednesday 27 June (3pm): Mexico v Sweden BBC

Thursday 28 June (7pm): England v Belgium ITV

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Gareth Southgate faces Belgium on 28 June (Picture: PA)

Thursday 28 June (7pm): Panama v Tunisia ITV 4

Thursday 28 June (3pm): Japan v Poland BBC

Thursday 28 June (3pm): Senegal v Colombia BBC

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Knockout Stages

When it comes to the knockout stages, BBC and ITV have divvied up the order in which they get to pick the matches in each round.

So, at this stage we do not know which games will be on which channel, although we can safely assume whoever has first pick will have the England game (if they are still in the tournament at that point).

Round of 16

ITV: Picks 1, 2, 4, 7

BBC: Picks 3, 5, 6, 8

Saturday 30 June (7pm): (Match 50) Winners Group C vs Runners-up Group D

Saturday 30 June (3pm): (Match 49) Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B

Sunday 1 July (3pm): (Match 51) Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A


Sunday 1 July (7pm): (Match 52) Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C

Monday 2 July (3pm): (Match 53) Winners Group E v Runners-up Group F

Monday 2 July (7pm): (Match 54) Winners Group G v Runners-up Group H

Tuesday 3 July (3pm): (Match 55) Winners Group F v Runners-up Group E

Tuesday 3 July (7pm): (Match 56) Winners Group H v Runners-up Group G


BBC: Picks 1, 2

ITV: Picks 3, 4,

Friday 6 July (3pm): (Match 57) Winner of Match 49 vs Winner of Match 50

Friday 6 July (7pm): (Match 58) Winner of Match 53 vs Winner of Match 54

Saturday 7 July (3pm): (Match 60) Winner of Match 55 vs Winner of Match 56

Saturday 7 July (7pm): (Match 59) Winner of Match 51 vs Winner of Match 52


ITV: Pick 1

BBC: Pick 2

Tuesday 10 July (7pm): Winner of Match 57 vs Winner of Match 58

Wednesday 11 July (7pm): Winner of Match 59 vs Winner of Match 60

Third place play-off

Saturday 14 July (3pm) ITV


Sunday 15 July (4pm) ITV and BBC

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