FIFA World Cup 2018: All your doubts and queries regarding the match schedule, time, place to watch, etc, answered!

For those who aren't living under a rock, you probably understand the fervour and excitement among football fans propelled by the Football World Cup.  Recurring after every four years - just like Cricket World Cup - FIFA World Cup 2018 has officially "kicked" off with the first match played between Russia and Saudi Arabia. If you missed the game, here's what happened - Russia legit crushed Saudi with a whopping 5-0 score. That's right. In fact, the first goal was scored within 15 minutes after the match commenced. Well, you may have received the necessary piece of information regarding the match now. However, in case you want to schedule your days to watch your favourite country battle it out on the field, we have all the deets you're scouting for! 

A recap

Before we indulge into details of the match schedules this year, where to watch it in India, let's briefly give you tidbits on past winners and runners-up. The FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy was championed by Germany while Argentina was the first runner-up. Brazil played host to FIFA 2014 as the matches were spread out across many cities. 

Following our recap, here are the most asked (or rather, searched) questions by football fans in India along with their answers. 

Where is it being held? 

This year, Russia is hosting the FIFA World Cup. The matches are sprawled across the wide canvas of the country. 

Match schedules of all groups

A total of 64 matches will be played among 32 countries as the winning teams would keep ascending in the chart to finals. The countries who have been qualified to play have already been assigned their groups in which they compete to reach the top 16. The top 16 countries then play against each to reach the quarterfinals. The winning teams once qualified, will play for the semifinal. The winners of these two matches between four countries will race for the trophy in the finals whereas the ones who lost the match will play for the third spot. Check out the schedule for all the games along with the time. 

Group A

Countries: Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay

Thursday, June 14: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia, Time: 20:30 IST

Friday, June 15: Egypt vs. Uruguay, Time: 17:30 IST

Tuesday, June 19: Russia vs. Egypt, Time: 23:30 IST

Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, Time: 20:30 IST

Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, Time: 19:30 IST

Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs. Russia, Time: 19:30 IST

Group B

Countries: Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Iran

Friday, June 15: Morocco vs. Iran, Time: 18:30 IST

Friday, June 15: Portugal vs. Spain, Time: 23:30 IST

Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs. Morocco, Time: 17:30 IST

Wednesday, June 20: Iran vs. Spain, Time: 23:30 IST

Monday, June 25: Iran vs. Portugal, Time: 23:30 IST

Monday, June 25: Spain vs. Morocco, Time: 23:30 IST

Group C

Countries: Australia, France, Denmark, Peru

Saturday, June 16: France vs. Australia, Time: 15:30 IST

Saturday, June 16: Peru vs. Denmark, Time: 21:30 IST

Thursday, June 21: Denmark vs. Australia, Time: 20:30 IST

Thursday, June 21: France vs. Peru, Time: 17:30 IST

Tuesday, June 26: Australia vs. Peru, Time: 19:30 IST

Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs. France, Time: 19:30 IST

Group D

Countries: Iceland, Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria

Saturday, June 16: Argentina vs. Iceland, Time: 18:30 IST

Saturday, June 16: Croatia vs. Nigeria, Time: 00:30 IST

Thursday, June 21: Argentina vs. Croatia, Time: 23:30 IST

Friday, June 22: Nigeria vs. Iceland, Time: 20:30 IST

Tuesday, June 26: Iceland vs. Croatia, Time: 23:30 IST

Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria vs. Argentina, Time: 23:30 IST  

Group E

Countries: Costa Rica, Switzerland, Brazil, Serbia

Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica vs. Serbia, Time: 17:30 IST

Sunday, June 17: Brazil vs. Switzerland, Time: 23:30 IST

Friday, June 22: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, Time: 17:30 IST

Friday, June 22: Serbia vs. Switzerland, Time: 23:30 IST

Wednesday, June 27: Serbia vs. Brazil, Time: 23:30 IST

Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, Time: 23:30 IST

Group F

Countries: Germany, Sweden, Mexico, South Korea

Sunday, June 17: Germany vs. Mexico, Time: 20:30 IST

Monday, June 18: Sweden vs. South Korea, Time: 17:30 IST

Saturday, June 23: Germany vs. Sweden, Time: 20:30 IST

Saturday, June 23: South Korea vs. Mexico, Time: 23:30 IST

Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs. Germany, Time: 19:30 IST

Wednesday, June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden, Time: 19:30 IST

Group G

Countries: Belgium, Tunisia, England, Panama

Monday, June 18: Belgium vs. Panama, Time: 20:30 IST

Monday, June 18: Tunisia vs. England, Time: 23:30 IST

Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs. Tunisia, Time: 17:30 IST

Sunday, June 24: England vs. Panama, Time: 17:30 IST

Thursday, June 28: England vs. Belgium, Time: 23:30 IST

Thursday, June 28: Panama vs. Tunisia, Time: 23:30 IST

Group H

Countries: Poland, Japan, Colombia, Senegal

Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs. Senegal, Time: 17:30 IST

Tuesday, June 19: Colombia vs. Japan, Time: 20:30 IST

Sunday, June 24: Japan vs. Senegal, Time: 20:30 IST

Sunday, June 24: Poland vs. Colombia, Time: 23:30 IST

Thursday, June 28: Japan vs. Poland, Time: 19:30 IST

Thursday, June 28: Senegal vs. Colombia, Time: 19:30 IST

Top 16 Match Schedule

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Kazan

Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Sochi

SUNDAY, JULY 1

Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Moscow

Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Nizhny Novgorod

MONDAY, JULY 2

Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Samara

Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Rostov

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Saint Petersburg

Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Rostov

Quarterfinals Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Nizhny Novgorod

Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Kazan

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Samara

Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Sochi

Semifinals Schedule

TUESDAY, JULY 10

Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Saint Petersburg

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner, Time: 23:30 IST, Place: Moscow

Second runners-up match

SATURDAY, JULY 14

Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser, Time: 19:30 IST, Place: Saint Petersburg

World Cup Final

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner, Time: 8:30 IST, Place: Moscow

Where can you watch it live? 

You can watch it live on Sony Ten channels in English and various other languages as supported by your DTH connections. 

Other online platforms to watch it live

If you manage to get hold of a good VPN, you can watch it live on your laptop/computer system. However, for those who don't wish to tread that line, Google, Reliance Jio and Airtel are making amends to ensure that the score and all highlights reach you before anyone else. The best platform though, to watch the match, would be to download Sony Liv app on your phone. You can browse their site, Sonyliv.com to watch the match live on your system. 

Speculated winners

Bidding and bets have already been placed on teams that have previously shown tremendous performance on the field. So far Brazil and Germany are the top guns that people are rooting for. However, chances of some underdogs taking prominence, just like Nigeria and Iran during FIFA 2014, are highly anticipated. Panama and Iceland will be playing their first FIFA this year so chances of their ranks upgrading on the charts are quite possible. 

 

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