The global tournament is back June 14th!

    Four years. Can you imagine waiting four years for the World Series, NBA Finals or March Madness? Well, that’s how long soccer fans (or football fans, for the purists) have to wait for the World Cup.

    The good part of waiting four years: higher stakes, bigger drama.

    Here are some of the more dramatic storylines for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™:

    Legacies on the line
    Soccer’s greatest talents like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar are all competing for glory. Messi has the most to prove. At 31, he’s been a global superstar for years, even though he’s never won a World Cup, soccer’s biggest prize. Will he retire on top or go out with a whimper?

    Back-to-back champs
    Germany is favored to win it all—again. They could be the first nation to win back-to-back World Cup’s since Brazil did in 1958 and 1962.

    Dark horses and underdogs
    Iceland, a nation of fewer people than Lexington, Kentucky, has a chance to upset Argentina in the first round. Egypt, Croatia, and Peru are all poised to make deep runs and ruin brackets everywhere.

    Entertaining match-ups
    Kick off the group phase with these can’t-miss games–all live on FOX or FS1:

    Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 am ET, June 14th
    Portugal vs. Spain, 2 pm ET, June 15th
    Argentina vs. Iceland, 9 am ET, June 15th
    Germany vs. Mexico, 11 am ET, June 17th
    France vs. Peru, 11 am ET, June 21st

    Live stream all the matches or record them using new True Cloud DVR (beta)* to catch the action on your own time.

    Don’t have DIRECTV NOW? Get the good stuff here.


    *Functions may be limited in beta. Compatible device required. Not available for select channels. Data connection required. Limited to 20 hours of recording time. Recordings expire after 30 days. Restrictions apply.