Russia 2018 Live stream: Where to Watch the World Cup on TV and Online

The biggest tournament in the world kicks off only hours away as the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway this morning, when Russia face Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 14 and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports (with English commentary) and on Telemundo (with Spanish commentary). Both channels will broadcast all the 64 games throughout the tournament, culminating in the final in Moscow on July 15.

The 2018 World Cup logo is pictured outside the Kazan Arena stadium in Kazan, Russia. The city will host five games. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Games will also be available online via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer Match Pass and via the FOX Sports app. Telemundo will broadcast the games across its flagship sports channel Telemundo Deportes, as well as NBC Universo and its Deportes Telemundo En Vivo app.

All the matches will also be streamed live via Fubo Premier, DirectTV Now and Sling Blue. All three are paid services, but the former offers a seven-day trial.

The good news for soccer fans living on the East Coast is that with the exception of one game—France vs Australia, which kicks off at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 – the earliest kick-off time throughout the group stages is 8 a.m. EDT, with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day until June 24.

The schedule is even more accommodating in the last round of group matches, which will kick off at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.—games within the same group have to kick off simultaneously in the final round of group matches to ensure transparency.

The two kick-off times will be maintained throughout the knockout stage, while the final on July 15 will kick off at 11 a.m.

Aside from the opening game on Thursday, there are plenty of highlights to look forward to even in the group stages. Portugal and Spain go head-to-head at 2 p.m. on Friday, while Lionel Messi's Argentina makes its World Cup debut a day later at 9 a.m. when it takes on Iceland.

On Sunday, defending champion Germany begins its campaign against Mexico at 11 a.m., followed by Brazil vs Switzerland at 2 p.m.

England opens its World Cup campaign at 2 p.m. on Monday against Tunisia, while Colombia fans will have to wait until 8 a.m. on Tuesday to see the Cafeteros in action.

After a deluge of soccer, the World Cup will pause for breath on 29 June, ahead of the round of 16 which begins the following day.