From the moment of its opening, the world cup is an international spectacle that demands an immense amount of effort and commitment from all of its participants.
However, that effort can also mean taking the game to the edge in ways that could prove to be costly for the hosts and their fans alike.
Here are 10 ways to watch the World Cup on TV: 1.
LIVE STREAMING: A great way to get the full experience of the World Series, the first edition of which is currently on sale, is to watch live via a smartphone, tablet or computer via the BBC Sport app.
The app is available to download for both the US, UK and Canada and has an estimated viewing audience of 10.7 million viewers.
The BBC Sport live stream can be viewed in the US and Canada as well as in England and Australia.
The stream also provides live stats and highlights.
It’s available to stream on most mobile devices, including the iPhone and Android devices, and Roku and Apple TV, though you can also watch on a TV via a Chromecast, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV sets.
BANDS: The US, England and Canada will be joined by Mexico in the semi-finals, with the US hosting the first-leg match on Tuesday and Mexico the second-leg on Wednesday.
The first round of matches takes place on Tuesday, with England and Mexico hosting each other on Wednesday, with both teams competing to reach the final.
Watch on your phone or tablet for the live commentary on both of those matches, plus follow the action live via Twitter and Facebook.
BAND BANTS: The first leg of the semifinal is scheduled for Friday and features two of the three best teams in the world, but the two-legged first leg will take place on Wednesday and features a rematch between the top two teams in each country.
Both of those games will be streamed live on ESPN2 and can be watched on the BBC app for those regions.
MATCH REPLAYS: Both the semi and final are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN, with replays and highlights available on the app for the US-Mexico match.
Watch live on Twitter and follow the matches live via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
MATTERS: The final will be the first of two qualifying tournaments for the 2020 World Cup, the US having been eliminated in the group stages of the tournament.
Watch all three matches on the day and relive the drama in a live studio at the stadium in which each match takes place.
Watch the US vs Mexico semi-final live on the ESPN app and the ESPN2 app.
LIVE SCOREBOARD: Watch all five of the matches via live scores on the mobile app, including all the stats and match highlights, plus watch the match results on the official BBC Sport website, as well.
WATCH TICKETS: The World Cup is expected to attract over 40 million viewers worldwide and the US is expecting around 50 million fans in attendance for the first leg on Tuesday.
Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketmaster and Seatwave and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets will also be available for sale on the ground at the ground.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate and online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
THE INTERVIEW: The BBC World Service will present the match report from both the semi final and the final live on its website.
Follow along via Twitter or Facebook, and watch live on TV via the app.
TICKET REWARDS: Fans can receive free tickets to the semi or final via the Ticketmaster online store and will also receive a replica replica replica jersey, which will also go on sale to the general public via Ticketfly.
GAME CENTRE: The game will be televised live on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday.
The live blog from the field and studio will also include commentary and analysis.
WATCH THE INTERNET: Follow along with live scores and analysis via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye on the match updates via Twitter.
WATCH FACEBOOK: Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter for the latest news and analysis on all things FIFA.
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