SBS announce broadcast schedule for 2018 FIFA World Cup

SBS has announced its broadcast schedule for the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, featuring six prime time starts. SBS will broadcast a total of 25 premium World Cup games LIVE, FREE and in HD, including the opening match, semi-finals, final, and all Socceroos fixtures.

Match of the day, every day, LIVE, FREE and in HD

All 64 matches LIVE and FREE on SBS Radio in multiple languages

Hosted by former Socceroos captain Craig Foster and The World Game's Lucy Zelic, and with exclusive commentary from Martin Tyler, SBS's coverage will begin at 10:30pm on Thursday 14 June, ahead of the opening match, as hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia to kick off a huge month of football on SBS.

The blockbuster first weekend continues with the highly-anticipated clash between Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and fierce rival Spain from 3:30am on Saturday 16 June.

Coverage then turns to the Socceroos' clash against France, at the family-friendly time of 7pm on Saturday night, before tournament favourites Germany take on Mexico from 12am, Monday 18 June.

SBS's coverage of the Socceroos’ campaign to progress from group C under new coach Bert van Marwijk will also see the boys in green and gold face Denmark from 9pm on Thursday 21 June, then Peru on Tuesday 26 June from 11pm.

Both matches will feature exclusive commentary from David Basheer and former Socceroos captain Craig Moore and extensive analysis live from Russia.

"The FIFA World Cup is the absolute pinnacle of football, a sport that truly unites Australia's diverse communities. We know Aussies love to get behind our sporting heroes and are confident they will join us in supporting the Socceroos, and of course their other national teams as they take on the best in the world in Russia next month," SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp said.

"SBS is deeply passionate about football, believing its universal appeal can break down barriers without language. In our 30th year broadcasting the FIFA World Cup, Australians can again turn to SBS's trusted coverage and analysis of the tournament on television, radio, and digital this June and July."

Throughout the group stage, live match coverage of the World Cup on SBS will feature at least 19 of the 32 competing nations with more to be covered in the round of 16 and finals.

SBS's full FIFA World Cup supporting programming schedule, featuring FIFA classic matches and daily highlights and analysis live from Red Square, will be announced closer to June.


Friday 15 June from 12am*                   Russia v Saudi Arabia LIVE                       kick-off 1am     

Saturday 16 June from 3:30am*            Portugal v Spain LIVE                               kick-off 4am        

Saturday 16 June from 7pm*                 France v Australia LIVE                             kick-off 8pm

Monday 18 June from 12am*                 Germany v Mexico LIVE                            kick-off 1am

Tuesday 19 June from 3:30am*             Tunisia v England LIVE                             kick-off 4am     

Tuesday 19 June from 9:30pm*             Colombia v Japan LIVE                             kick-off 10pm

Wednesday 20 June from 9:30pm*         Portugal v Morocco LIVE                         kick-off 10pm      

Thursday 21 June from 9pm                   Denmark v Australia LIVE                        kick-off 10pm       

Friday 22 June from 9:30pm*                 Brazil v Costa Rica LIVE                            kick-off 10pm     

Sunday 24 June from 3:30am*               Germany v Sweden LIVE                            kick-off 4am     

Sunday 24 June from 9:30pm*               England v Panama LIVE                             kick-off 10pm    

Monday 25 June           TBC - following earlier Group A and B matches

Tuesday 26 June from 11pm*   Australia v Peru LIVE                                               kick-off 12am

Wednesday 27 June     TBC – following earlier Group E and F matches

Thursday 28 June         TBC – following earlier Group G and H matches

Sunday 1 July            Round of 16 Day 1, Match of the Day TBC

Monday 2 July            Round of 16 Day 2, Match of the Day TBC

Tuesday 3 July           Round of 16 Day 3, Match of the Day TBC

Wednesday 4 July      Round of 16 Day 4, Match of the Day TBC

Saturday 7 July          Quarter Finals Day 1, Match of the Day TBC

Sunday 8 July            Quarter Finals Day 2, Match of the Day TBC

Wednesday 11 July from 3:30am*            2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final 1 LIVE  kick-off 4am         

Thursday 12 July from 3:30am*            2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final 2 LIVE     kick-off 4am         

Saturday 14 July from 11pm*                2018 FIFA World Cup play-off for 3rd LIVE  kick-off 12am 

Sunday 15 July from 11pm*                  2018 FIFA World Cup final LIVE                     kick-off 1am

*All times are AEST and are subject to change

The World Game website

 website will LIVE STREAM all 25 SBS matches, alongside the latest video highlights, latest scores, breaking news and analysis from all 64 World Cup games. 

Australians will be able to stay on the ball anytime, anywhere with the the official FIFA World Cup™ app – the ultimate Russia 2018 companion.

All 64 matches of the 2018 tournament will be available to live stream via the app, which will be available from the week of June 11, with SBS's match of the day free for all users and the remaining 39 matches available within the World Cup app to Optus Sport subscribers. 

The official app will also feature enhanced viewing functionality, multi-angle replays and immersive stats at your fingertips while the new FIFA World Cup™ VR app will allow fans to enjoy the game from every angle with live 180° and 210° super wide shots, and 360° video on demand.  

SBS is presenting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in partnership with Optus Sport. 

Visit The World Game website for details on how to watch every match when competition kicks off on June 14.

SBS Radio

SBS Radio will broadcast all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, live and free via the official FIFA World Cup and SBS Radio apps.

Matches will be broadcast in up to three languages simultaneously - English and in languages of competing teams.

SBS Radio's English coverage will feature expert analysis by former Matildas striker Kate Gill, former Socceroo goalkeeper Clint Bolton and current Melbourne City FC defender Scott Jamieson.

Throughout the tournament, SBS Radio will broadcast in at least 13 languages, including Arabic, Korean, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, more than any other World Cup broadcaster.

SBS Radio's multilingual coverage is produced in partnership with the best sports media from around the world. 

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Published 3 May 2018 at 10:00am
Source: SBS The World Game