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World Cup on TV and Stream

The 2026 World Cup will take place in Canada, Mexico, and the United States between June and July 19th. There are 48 teams taking part in the World Cup. is all you need to catch England's World Cup 2026 journey in Northern America, as the Three Lions look to win their first major tournament since 66.

Follow our TV guide to watch all the World Cup 2026 action!
All World Cup 2026 games will be broadcasted live for FREE in the UK via BBC and ITV. A full schedule consisting of channels and broadcasting times can be found right here at!

Historical Background

The World Cup is the most prestigious sporting event in the world. The competition dates back all the way to 1930, where Uruguay were officially crowned the first ever champions of the world after beating Argentina 4-2 in the final on July 30th.
Additionally, The Uruguayan the first official World Cup tournament in their homeland. A total of 13 nations competed in the inaugural World Cup, consisting of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, France, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, United States, Uruguay, and Yugoslavia.
In future tournaments, the World Cup would grow, with up to 16 countries taking part. In 1982, the number of participants jumped up to a total of 24 nations. From 1998 to present day, a total of 32 nations have competed in every World Cup tournament.

Most Successful World Cup Teams

The most successful team in the history of the World Cup is none other than Brazil. They have participated in 21 World Cups, reach 7 finals, and won 5 of them. The only sides that come close to this are Germany and Italy with 4 World Cup titles each.