FIFA World Cup 2018


14 June - 15 July 2018

Australia has qualified for the World Cup for the fourth time in a row after beating Honduras 3-1, while Peru claims the final spot by beating New Zealand 2-0 in the other intercontinental playoff. It will be Peru’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1982.
The draw will be held at State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.
Tournament coverage will be shared between SBS and Optus Sport.


How to watch the 2018 World Cup on SBS

SBS will offer 25 premium games all LIVE, FREE and in HD with exclusive commentary from Martin Tyler.
All 25 games will also be lived streamed on The World Game website and the official World Cup app.
These games will include:

  • All Socceroos matches
  • The opening match of the tournament
  • The semi-finals and final

All 64 games will also be available LIVE on SBS Radio.
All Australians will be able to catch every single goal, from every single game across multiple platforms along with our comprehensive and trusted analysis, for which SBS is so renowned.
Our team including Craig Foster and Lucy Zelic will be in Russia to bring you the news and highlights from all 64 matches, every day from our studio in Red Square.
This will be part of over 200 hours of World Cup content coming your way.
We’ll also bring you near live highlights of every key moment via our digital platforms – The World Game website and the official World Cup app.
The app will be your ‘must have’ Russia 2018 companion, with enhanced viewing functionality, multi-angle replays and immersive stats all at your fingertips.
SBS bring you the 2018 FIFA World Cup in partnership with Optus. Click here to view Optus’ broadcast details.

Also here is the official list of rights holders by FIFA for anyone who might be interested.

Such a shame it isn’t every game live and free like it use to be.

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SBS… Will always be iconic for one thing.

I think that some games will Be played during the night in Russia with games to Ben played in the morning in Australia time. Will there be replays?

There will be replays during the day on main channel or SBS Viceland, especially matches involving the Socceroos.

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There’s going to be a lot of outrage when it becomes greater knowledge closer to the World Cup that not every game is on SBS, and that you need an Optus service to watch it. I don’t feel like many people besides those who stay in the media news loop know about this, so SBS better brace themselves.

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The World Cup will be delivered on Optus Sport - the same channels showing the EPL which I currently have with a Fetch Mighty box.

So I guess the 25 matches SBS have are the final, 2 semi finals, 2 quarters, 4 from Round 2 and then 16 (out of 48) group games, which probably equates to one game a day during the groups stages. SBS might get away with this deal with most games falling overnight Aussie time (I think kick-offs are 10pm, 1am or 4am), presuming most of their matches are the 10pm kick-offs - though obviously Aussie games in later slots would take priority.

Not to mention that SBS has 1st pick each day so they’ll still show most of the ‘big’ games

According to SBS TV guide, the World Cup draw will be shown from 1am to 2am AEDT on Saturday, December 2. At this stage the draw will be live in NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS.

There’s 25 game days, SBS get one per day.
It breaks down as 15 group stage, 4 round of 16, 2 quarters, both semis, 3rd place and final, so you were close with your guess.

It has been confirmed that the World Cup draw will be shown this Saturday (December 2) from 2am to 3am AEDT. It will be shown live on SBS in NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS and QLD and delayed in other states. It will be streamed live around the country on The World Game website and app.

News Corp throwing up scenarios that there is a remote possibility Australia’s place in the World Cup could be in jeopardy, due to a power struggle at Football Federation Australia that will play out at the organisation’s AGM on Thursday. Soccer is still a mess in this country. It will be a mess for SBS if Australia is not there.

SBS will be happy. The only primetime game of the tournament is France v Australia to be played at 8pm AEST. Should rate extremely well, especially with it being Australia’s first game.


In other news that will make SBS happy, FIFA have overnight brought a number of the games forward into earlier timeslots for some reason including Australia v Denmark moved from 1am to 10pm.


Australia is in a tough group C against France, Denmark and Peru. The France-Australia game is on a Saturday and will take viewers away from live AFL on Seven.
The most interesting group is group B in which neighbours Spain and Portugal face each other.
The full World Cup schedule with kick off times in AEST can be found here

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Group B will be the group of death

SBS will have a favourable time zone for all Socceroos matches with matches in Perth kicking off in prime time and at

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