World Cup 2018: Your guide to watching the Socceroos play in Russia – FIFA World Cup – Russia 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is underway and we’ve got all your info about how to watch every Socceroos game.
Where to tune in to watch the game
SBS will be exclusively televising a match of the day, every day while live streams are available via SBS and Optus Sport.
However, Optus will be the only provider to stream every game of World Cup.
The first match of the tournament sees hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at 1:00am on Friday, Australian time.
Game one: Australia v France
This Saturday, June 16, Australia will take on France.
In an exciting first, the match will be televised at the prime time of 8:00pm AEST meaning Socceroos fans won’t have to stay up late for this one.
It’s also the only game of the tournament that will be played at this time — so all the more the reason tune in.
It will be held at Kazan Arena.
If you find yourself still pumped from the Socceroos game, Argentina will take on Iceland right after at 11:00pm AEST.
France’s Antoine Griezmann scores their first goal against the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier in Saint-Denis. (Reuters: Christian Hartmann)
France is set to have a star studded team with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, meaning a possible victory for the Socceroos will be a glorious triumph.
Game two: Australia v Denmark
Australia’s next game will be against Denmark on June 21 at 10:00pm AEST.
This one will be played at Cosmos Arena.
Christian Eriksen is the danger player from Denmark to watch in this match.
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal against Ireland in the World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. (AP: Peter Morrison)
Eriksen was the architect of his teams win against Ireland in 5-1 victory, so the Socceroos will have to work to neutralise him.
Game three: Australia v Peru
Six days after game two, the Socceroos will be up against Peru on June 27 at 12:00am AEST, they will meet at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
Australia has not had a previous encounter with Peru but their key player will be Paolo Guerrero.
Peru’s Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring during a friendly soccer match against Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland. (AP / Keystone: Gian Ehrenzeller)
Guerrero was recently involved in a doping scandal after Peru’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October, he was suspended for 12 months but had his ban reduced to six in time for the World Cup.
What happens if we make it through?
To progress out of the group phase, Australia needs to finish first or second in their group.
Based on the latest FIFA world rankings, Australia’s Group C is actually the toughest at the tournament. France are ranked seventh in the world, Peru 11th and Denmark 12th. The Socceroos are down at number 36.
Should the Socceroos manage to top the group, they would face a round of 16 elimination match against the second-placed team from Group D. If they finish second in the group, they would play the winner of Group D.
Group D consists of Argentina (ranked fifth), Croatia (20th), Iceland (22nd) and Nigeria (48th).
What are the other key dates?
The quarter-finals will take place from the July 7 and 8, with the semi-finals on July 11 and 12.
The third place playoff will be on July 15.
The final will then take place on July 16 at 1:00am AEST.