Following the FIFA World Cup 2018 draw on Friday, BBC and ITV have confirmed which broadcaster will show which matches of next summer’s much anticipated event in Russia.
The BBC will show England’s opening two games, which will see them face Tunisia (Monday 18 June, 7pm) and Panama (Sunday 24 June, 1pm). The BBC will also have the first two choices of quarter final games, including England’s match if they progress. Both BBC and ITV will show the final.
ITV will show the last England group game against Belgium and will have first pick in the round of 16.
In the Group games, the BBC will also show the hotly anticipated clash between Spain and Ronaldo’s Portugal – the European Champions, two peak time matches with Lionel Messi’s Argentina and two of the games with World Champions Germany.
Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, says: “We’re delighted with our selection of matches, which sees the BBC bring England’s first two games of the competition live to our audiences – as well as their potential quarter final.
“We are also very pleased to be showcasing the skills of the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in five of their Group matches.
“The BBC is proud to be offering such an enticing array of games on football’s biggest stage, as we look to deliver to audiences unprecedented, extensive access to World Cup content across TV, radio, online and social media.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, says: “The build up to the World Cup has now begun and we’re looking forward to bringing viewers entertaining and comprehensive coverage on ITV, ITV4 and the ITV Hub, as well as on social media.
“Once again, the World Cup starts on ITV with the host country’s opening game on 14 June and we have live coverage of some of most outstanding matches drawn from the group stages with England v Belgium as well as all three of tournament joint favourites Brazil’s games.
“ITV will have the first two picks of the first knock-out phase and the first pick of the semi-finals.
“ITV’s on and off screen team will be busy during the next six months preparing to bring our viewers all the best action and insight and all the stories that will shape the World Cup in Russia.”
World Cup 2018 – Group stage game split
|Date||Match||Kick Off (BST)||Location||Broadcaster|
|14th June||Russia v Saudi Arabia||16:00||Moscow – Luzniki Stadium||ITV|
|15th June||Egypt v Uruguay||13:00||Ekaterinbrug Arena||BBC|
|15th June||Morocco v Iran||16:00||St Petersburg – SP Stadium||ITV|
|15th June||Portugal v Spain||19:00||Sochi – Fisht Stadium||BBC|
|16th June||France v Australia||11:00||Kazan – Kazan Arena||BBC|
|16th June||Argentina v Iceland||14:00||Moscow – Spartak Stadium||ITV|
|16th June||Peru v Denmark||17:00||Saransk – Mordovia Stadium||BBC|
|16th June||Croatia v Nigeria||20:00||Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium||ITV|
|17th June||Costa Rica v Serbia||13:00||Samara – Samara Arena||ITV|
|17th June||Germany v Mexico||16:00||Moscow – Luzniki Stadium||BBC|
|17th June||Brazil v Switzerland||19:00||Rostov – Rosov Arena||ITV|
|18th June||Sweden v South Korea||13:00||Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium||ITV|
|18th June||Belgium v Panama||16:00||Sochi – Fisht Stadium||BBC|
|18th June||Tunisia v England||19:00||Volgograd – Volgograd Arena||BBC|
|19th June||Colombia v Japan||13:00||Saransk – Mordovia Stadium||BBC|
|19th June||Poland v Senegal||16:00||Moscow – Spartak Stadium||ITV|
|19th June||Russia v Egypt||19:00||Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium||BBC|
|20th June||Portugal v Morocco||13:00||Moscow – Luzniki Stadium||BBC|
|20th June||Uruguay v Saudi Arabia||16:00||Rostov – Rosov Arena||BBC|
|20th June||Iran v Spain||19:00||Kazan – Kazan Arena||ITV|
|21st June||Denmark v Australia||13:00||Samara – Samara Arena||ITV|
|21st June||France v Peru||16:00||Ekaterinbrug Arena||ITV|
|21st June||Argentina v Croatia||19:00||Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium||BBC|
|22nd June||Brazil v Costa Rica||13:00||Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium||ITV|
|22nd June||Nigeria v Iceland||16:00||Volgograd – Volgograd Arena||BBC|
|22nd June||Serbia v Switzerland||19:00||Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium||BBC|
|23rd June||Belgium v Tunisia||13:00||Moscow – Spartak Stadium||BBC|
|23rd June||South Korea v Mexico||16:00||Rostov – Rosov Arena||ITV|
|23rd June||Germany v Sweden||19:00||Sochi – Fisht Stadium||ITV|
|24th June||England v Panama||13:00||Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium||BBC|
|24th June||Japan v Senegal||16:00||Ekaterinbrug Arena||BBC|
|24th June||Poland v Colombia||19:00||Kazan – Kazan Arena||ITV|
|25th June||Uruguay v Russia||15:00||Samara – Samara Arena||ITV|
|25th June||Saudi Arabia v Egypt||15:00||Volgograd – Volgograd Arena||ITV|
|25th June||Spain v Morocco||19:00||Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium||BBC|
|25th June||Iran v Portugal||19:00||Saransk – Mordovia Stadium||BBC|
|26th June||Denmark v France||15:00||Moscow – Luzniki Stadium||ITV|
|26th June||Australia v Peru||15:00||Sochi – Fisht Stadium||ITV|
|26th June||Iceland v Croatia||19:00||Rostov – Rosov Arena||BBC|
|26th June||Argentina v Nigeria||19:00||Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium||BBC|
|27th June||South Korea v Germany||15:00||Kazan – Kazan Arena||BBC|
|27th June||Mexico v Sweden||15:00||Ekaterinbrug Arena||BBC|
|27th June||Serbia v Brazil||19:00||Moscow – Spartak Stadium||ITV|
|27th June||Switzerland v Costa Rica||19:00||Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium||ITV|
|28th June||Senegal v Colombia||15:00||Samara – Samara Arena||BBC|
|28th June||Japan v Poland||15:00||Volgograd – Volgograd Arena||BBC|
|28th June||England v Belgium||19:00||Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium||ITV|