How to Follow the FIFA World Cup

Three Methods:Following the World Cup on TVFollowing the World Cup OnlineFollowing the World Cup Via Bracket

When the teams play each other for the FIFA World Cup trophy and title, it's time to join in by watching from your home couch. Although more than three million people usually attend World Cup matches, most people follow the World Cup via TV, online or through clubs and sports bars. Tune in for some exciting action.

Method 1
Following the World Cup on TV

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    Go online to find out what stations will be broadcasting the FIFA World Cup in your country. You can find a listing of stations through an online search. In the United States, games will be broadcast on specific stations. In 2014, it was broadcast on ABC, ESPN and Univision; depending on who wins the rights for each new season, this may change.
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    Ensure you have cable TV access during the World Cup. Games will be aired between June and July usually, but it is recommended that you sign up for TV by June to ensure access.
    • Sometimes in the United States, you may not require a cable subscription. Check online for details, relevant to specific stations.
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    Sign up for a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) system if you want to watch all of the World Cup games. Occasionally, World Cup games are broadcast concurrently so that the outcomes cannot be tampered with during group qualifying matches. Recording them will allow you to watch them right after they are broadcast.
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    Call your local sports bars. Ask who will be broadcasting World Cup games and which ones they plan to broadcast. Large sports bars often have enough TVs to allow at least one to be dedicated to the World Cup between June and July.
    • If you like watching soccer games in a bar, you can save money by watching some games on Network television and others at a sports bar. You may want to compare costs of drinks and food at a bar to what a cable subscription will cost.

Method 2
Following the World Cup Online

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    Go to FIFA.com. The website for the Federation Internationale de Football Association is the most visited sports website in the world.[citation needed] Go to FIFA.com/worldcup/ to find the latest news stories, bracket information and more.
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    Download the FIFA app on your smartphone or tablet. It is available on Android and Apple phones. It includes the World Match Centre with information on past, current and future matches.[1]
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    Follow the World Cup on Twitter. The Twitterverse keeps track of games, wins and losses as they occur. Follow accounts like Fox Soccer News, BBC World Cup, AP World Cup and FIFA World Cup
    • Individual hashtags for teams, games and world cup moments will be used, so follow trending topics to find new hashtags to use and follow.
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    Check online one week before the World Cup to find links to online match streaming. Streaming the match online may involve using a pirated version of the broadcast and it is likely to cut in and out of availability.[2]

Method 3
Following the World Cup Via Bracket

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    Print out a bracket in order to follow World Cup bracket movement at home. You can find a printable bracket at http://www.printyourbrackets.com/images/world-cup.pdf. FIFA may also sell a FIFA World Cup wall chart, check the website for details.
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    Sign up for a World Cup league. ESPN and other websites allow you and your friends to choose who will win the brackets in advance.
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    Fill in the team winners through the group round, round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-finals and championship matches.

Things You'll Need

  • TV
  • DVR (optional)
  • Printable World Cup bracket sheet
  • Printer
  • Wall chart (optional)

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