- The winner of the tournament will take home $38 million, an increase on 2014’s $35 million.
- The runner-up will receive $28 million, $3 million more than the last edition
On June 14, 2018, the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup airs at 9 a.m. ET, on Fox television, as reported by Telegraph. Get to know more about what to expect with the opening ceremony, along with how to watch the opening ceremony online below.
Here’s how you can watch Russia’s Opening Ceremony for the 2018 World Cup.
How to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony
- Date: Thursday, June 14
- Time: 9 a.m. EST
- Location: Luzhniki Stadium — Moscow, Russia
- TV: Fox
- Stream:HuluTV, fuboTV, Sling TV (try for free)
2018 WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY TIME SCHEDULE: The opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup date is June 14, 2018. It is set to air at 9 a.m. ET. The opening game is between Russia and Saudi Arabia and it follows the ceremony.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE WORLD CUP ON TV: Like the games, the opening ceremony will air on the Fox network, airing from Russia. The opening ceremony is held in Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final, according to Telegraph.
HOW TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY ONLINE: The live stream information for the World Cup games is the same as for the opening ceremony. If you don’t have cable or cannot get to a TV, you can still watch Fox live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including Fox (live in most markets), Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo (Spanish). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch the opening ceremony, in addition to every World Cup game, live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you cannot watch the opening ceremony live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials), allowing you to watch the opening ceremony or any game after it airs.
Fox (live in most markets), Fox Sports 1, Telemundo (Spanish) and NBC Universo (Spanish) are all included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can the watch the 2018 opening ceremony or any World Cup game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch any World Cup game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
Fox (live in select markets) and Fox Sports 1 are both included in the “Sling Blue” package, while NBC Universo (but not Telemundo) is in the “Best of Spanish TV” add-on. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony (or any of the games) live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch the opening ceremony live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
WORLD CUP 2018 PERFORMERS: Diplo and Will Smith are reported to be performing. Smith is performing the World Cup’s anthem song “Live It Up”, alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam. Robbie Williams is the headlining performer. In addition, Telegraph has reported that 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will be involved, as will Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. Singers Placido Domingo and Juan Diego Florez are participating, as are pianist Denis Matsuev and opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova.
The ceremony will reportedly be relatively “modest,” according to Collins Okinyo, but how can it be when Diplo, Will Smith and Zabivaka the wolf are in attendance?
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) October 21, 2016
Smith will be performing the World Cup’s anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam. The song, called “Live It Up,” can be found here.
Other celebs in the ceremony: Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
There will be a lot to look for, as the buildup begins to the biggest sporting event in the world. Once the Opening Ceremony concludes, Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick off the tournament for real.
World Cup 2018: Complete Earning Info for FIFA Tournament
For the 32 teams in Russia beginning their World Cup campaign on Thursday, not just prestige, honour and immortality on the pitch will be up for grabs, they will also be vying for the lucrative prize money which FIFA shells out.
The total prize money this year is $791 million, of which $400 million will be distributed to the 32 teams based on performances and finishing position. The rest of the money will be handed out as part of the preparation for the tournament, as benefits to players’ parent clubs and as compensation to clubs who lose their players due to injury.
The winner of the tournament will take home $38 million, an increase on 2014’s $35 million. The runner-up will receive $28 million, $3 million more than the last edition.
The prize money in 2018 edition of the games is significantly higher than the 2014 edition’s corpus. In Brazil, an amount of $576 million was up for grabs.
Since 1982, the prize money has increased 40-times by now. In 1982, the total prize money was just $20 million. In percentage terms, the largest increase in prize money was in 1990, when it was more than doubled to $54 million.
2018: Prize Money
Of the $791 million, apart from winners and runner-up’s multimillion cheque, the third and fourth place teams will get $24 million and $22 million, respectively.
Four eliminated teams in quarterfinals will get $16 million each and eight eliminated teams from the round of 16 will get $12 million each. 16 teams who will be eliminated in the group stage will each receive $8 million. All 32 teams will also receive $1.5 million as preparation fee.
$209 million has been kept for Club Benefit Programme. The money will be paid to clubs who release their players for the national duties.
Similarly, $134 million has been earmarked for the Club Protection Programme. This will be paid as compensation to clubs who lose their players due to getting injured while on national duties.