How to watch, whom to watch for, and the biggest news from the highly anticipated tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup officially begins on June 14.
The world’s best teams and players — including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi — will descend on Russia to play on soccer’s biggest stage. It’s a tournament where legends are born, hearts are broken, and, when all is said and done, one team is crowned the World Cup champion: the pinnacle of the world’s most popular sport.
At least half the world will tune in, even if most Americans won’t — in part because the US didn’t qualify for this year’s tournament. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching.