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2018 World Cup draw: time, teams, and how to watch online

In just a few hours, we will know the groups for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

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Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

An event four years in the making! The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is today, and by the end we will know who got an easy draw, and who’s in the so-called Group of Death.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia, beginning June 14, 2018.

How to Watch

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. (USA), 3:00 p.m. (UK)

Television: Fox Sports 1 (USA), Fox Deportes, Telemundo, NBC Universo (USA-Spanish), Sky Sports Main Event / BBC 2 / Eurosport (UK), TSN 1/3/4/5 (Canada), Optus Sport / SBS (Australia), other listings on

Streaming: Fox Sports Go / Fox Soccer Match Pass / beIn Sports Connect / (7-day trial) (USA), Sky Go / BBC iPlayer (UK)

Live Draw Results (updated)

World Cup 2018 Results

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H
Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H
Russia Portugal France Argentina Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Uruguay Spain Peru Croatia Switzerland Mexico England Colombia
Egypt Iran Denmark Iceland Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Senegal
Saudi Arabia Morocco Australia Nigeria Serbia South Korea Panama Japan

How does the draw work?

The 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup will be drawn into eight groups of four teams each. There are rules about the draw — Russia, as the host nation, is automatically placed in Group A, and teams from the same confederation (except UEFA) cannot be drawn together in the same group.

Each team will play all of the other teams in their group. The top two teams in each group advance to the 16-team knock-out round.

World Cup Pots

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Russia Spain Denmark Serbia
Germany Peru Iceland Nigeria
Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Australia
Portugal England Sweden Japan
Argentina Colombia Tunisia Morocco
Poland Mexico Egypt Panama
Belgium Uruguay Senegal Korea Republic
France Croatia Iran Saudi Arabia

Wait, where’s the USA? And Italy?

Um. Moving right along...

Which Tottenham players are likely to play?

Well, we’re really not quite sure yet. The teams haven’t submitted their final rosters, but here’s a list of the Tottenham Hotspur players that have a high probability of featuring for their international teams this summer.

Argentina: Erik Lamela (long-shot!)

Belgium: Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele

Colombia: Davinson Sanchez

Denmark: Christian Eriksen

England: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks, Danny Rose

France: Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko

Korea Rep.: Son Heung-Min