BBC and ITV confirm World Cup coverage split


The BBC and ITV have confirmed how they will split TV coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

BBC One 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 live.

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
  • BBC - BBC One/BBC Red Button 
  • ITV - ITV/ITV4


14th June
Russia v Saudi Arabia
16:00  ITV

15th June
Egypt v Uruguay
13:00 BBC

Morocco v Iran
16:00 ITV

Portugal v Spain
19:00 BBC

16th June
France v Australia
11:00 BBC

Argentina v Iceland
14:00 ITV 

Peru v Denmark
17:00 BBC

Croatia v Nigeria
20:00 ITV

17th June
Costa Rica v Serbia
13:00 ITV

Germany v Mexico
16:00 BBC

Brazil v Switzerland
19:00 ITV

18th June
Sweden v South Korea
13:00 ITV

Belgium v Panama
16:00 BBC

Tunisia v England
19:00 BBC

19th June
Colombia v Japan
13:00 BBC

Poland v Senegal
16:00 ITV

Russia v Egypt
19:00 BBC

20th June
Portugal v Morocco
13:00 BBC

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
16:00 BBC

Iran v Spain
19:00 ITV

21st June
Denmark v Australia
13:00 ITV

France v Peru
16:00 ITV

Argentina v Croatia
19:00 BBC

22nd June
Brazil v Costa Rica
13:00 ITV

Nigeria v Iceland
16:00 BBC

Serbia v Switzerland
19:00 BBC

23rd June
Belgium v Tunisia
13:00 BBC

South Korea v Mexico
16:00 ITV

Germany v Sweden
19:00 ITV

24th June
England v Panama
13:00 BBC

Japan v Senegal
16:00 BBC

Poland v Colombia
19:00 ITV

25th June
Uruguay v Russia
15:00 ITV

Saudi Arabia v Egypt
15:00 ITV

Spain v Morocco
19:00 BBC

Iran v Portugal
19:00 BBC

26th June
Denmark v France
15:00 ITV

Australia v Peru
15:00 ITV

Iceland v Croatia
19:00 BBC

Argentina v Nigeria
19:00 BBC

27th June
South Korea v Germany
15:00 BBC

Mexico v Sweden
15:00 BBC

Serbia v Brazil
19:00 ITV

Switzerland v Costa Rica
19:00 ITV

28th June
Senegal v Colombia
15:00 BBC

Japan v Poland
15:00 BBC

England v Belgium
19:00 ITV

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