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A Cord Cutters Guide to the world’s biggest sporting event!

Cord Cutter Guide

Brazil. Home to Samba, the Amazon Rainforest and, of course football (the non-American version). Starting today, the country plays host to the World Cup. As you read this, soccer fans the world over are plotting ways they will not miss out on any of the action. Those who do not have cable may feel they face a disadvantage (54 of the games are on ESPN), but, fear not, we have created a cord-cutters guide to watching the world’s largest sporting event-over-the-air.

Here is everything a cord-cutter needs to know to make sure you don’t miss a game:

  1. Don’t panic. Every game is on television, radio (find your local affiliate here and online. This is good news, because, if you miss a game, you can catch the repeat online later. You can check out the official Fifa website for match scheduling here, and put them in your local time too. (A special note, if you’re outside of the US, you have other options—so check in with the stations in your country to find out who’s broadcasting and streaming.)
  2. The best games are over-the-air for free. Each ABC game is broadcast over-the-air for free. And it includes the FINAL, woohoo! All you need is an antenna from Antennas Direct to get the most-watched game!
  3. Dust off the Spanish phrase book and watch the games for free on Univision. Spanish language station, Univision, will broadcast all of the games for free, over-the-air via local Univision affiliates, and so all you need is an antenna. Fifty-six games, including the ones with stream restrictions to pay-TV customers, will be available via Univision. The station also has options via its free Android and iOS app for viewing the first two rounds. The commentary is better anyway: Gooooaaaaallllll!

PROTIP: Watch the games live and free over-the-air via Univision and tune into your local ESPN radio affiliate / listen to the ESPN radio online for English commentary.

  1. Stream the pay-television broadcasts online. Online users can access the live stream through the WatchESPN website as well as through dedicated apps for set-top streaming devices (Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Google Chromecast). A benefit of the streaming apps is you have access to two alternate feeds for each telecast bringing multiple camera angles on ‘ESPN3 Surround.’
  2. Make some new friends or go to the bar. With ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasting 54 of the matches, you can easily use this as an excuse to find conviviality with other fans.
  3. Catch up on the action with the ESPN website for all of the coverage. There is a new version of the ESPN FC website for soccer fans, and new free ESPN FC app with robust news, scores, highlights and commentary.

Here is a breakdown of what you can get!

(All times Eastern)

First Round                                                  PayTV                        FREE TV (Over the Air)

Thursday, June 12

Brazil vs. Croatia                                           (ESPN)                           (Univision)

 

Friday, June 13

Mexico vs. Cameroon                                   (ESPN2)                         (Univision)

Spain vs. Netherlands                                  (ESPN)                          (Univision)

Chile vs. Australia                                         (ESPN2)                        (Univision)

 

Saturday, June 14

Colombia vs. Greece                                                                          (ABC) /(Univision)

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica                                                                      (ABC) /(Univision)

England vs. Italy                                             (ESPN)                         (Univision)

Ivory Coast vs. Japan                                     (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 15

Switzerland vs. Ecuador                                                                   (ABC) /(Univision)

France vs. Honduras                                                                        (ABC) /(Univision)

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Monday, June 16

Germany vs. Portugal                                     (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Iran vs. Nigeria                                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Ghana vs. United States                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Tuesday, June 17

Belgium vs. Algeria                                           (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Brazil vs. Mexico                                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Russia vs. South Korea                                    (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Wednesday, June 18

Australia vs. Netherlands                                 (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Spain vs. Chile                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Cameroon vs. Croatia                                       (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Thursday, June 19

Colombia vs. Ivory Coast                                  (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Uruguay vs. England                                         (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Japan vs. Greece                                               (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Friday, June 20

Italy vs. Costa Rica                                              (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Switzerland vs. France                                         (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Honduras vs. Ecuador                                          (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Saturday, June 21

Argentina vs. Iran                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Germany vs. Ghana                                               (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Nigeria vs. Bosnia Herzegovina                           (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 22

Belgium vs. Russia                                                                                      (ABC) /(Univision)

South Korea vs. Algeria                                                                               (ABC) /(Univision)

United States vs. Portugal                                        (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Monday, June 23

Netherlands vs. Chile                                               (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Australia vs. Spain                                                    (ESPN)                       (UniMas / Galavision)

Croatia vs. Mexico                                                     (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Cameroon vs. Brazil                                                 (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Tuesday, June 24

Italy vs. Uruguay                                                         (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Costa Rica vs. England                                            (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

Japan vs. Colombia                                                  (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Greece vs. Ivory Coast                                              (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Wednesday, June 25

Nigeria vs. Argentina                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran                                      (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

Ecuador vs. France                                                     (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Honduras vs. Switzerland                                          (ESPN)                       (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Thursday, June 26

United States vs. Germany                                        (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Portugal vs. Ghana                                                    (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

South Korea vs. Belgium                                           (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Algeria vs. Russia                                                      (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Round of 16

Saturday, June 28

1A vs. 2B                                                                                                      (ABC) / (Univision)

1C vs. 2D                                                                                                     (ABC) / (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 29

1B vs. 2A                                                                    (ESPN)                       (Univision)

1D vs. 2C                                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Monday, June 30

1E vs. 2F                                                                    (ESPN)                       (Univision)

1G vs. 2H                                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Tuesday, July 1

1F vs. 2E                                                                   (ESPN)                        (Univision)

1H vs. 2G                                                                  (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Quarterfinals

 

Friday, July 4

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Saturday, July 5

Round of 16 winners                                                                                    (ABC) /(Univision)

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

 

Semifinals

 

Tuesday, July 8

Quarterfinal winners                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Wednesday, July 9

Quarterfinal winners                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Third-Place Game

 

Saturday, July 12

Semifinal losers                                                        (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Final

 

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal winners                                                                                         (ABC) /(Univision)