The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins this week in venues across Russia. There are 32 teams competing in the tournament, which concludes with the final on July 15. Even without Team USA’s participation, it’s going to be a thrilling month of soccer at its best.

The Americans failed to earn a spot in the World Cup due to their inability to win enough games during qualifying. It’s the first time that the U.S. men’s national team has missed a World Cup since 1986.

Brazil, France, Belgium, Argentina and defending champions Germany are among the top contenders to win the tournament. Spain, which recently changed coaches after Julen Lopetegui took the job with Real Madrid, could also be in the mix despite the chaos.

This is the first time that Russia has ever hosted a World Cup. It comes four years after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar, while the 2026 World Cup was recently awarded to a joint bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

2018 FIFA World Cup schedule and scores

All times Central

Thursday, June 14

Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0

Friday, June 15

Uruguay 1, Egypt 0
Iran 1, Morocco 0
Spain 3, Portugal 3

Saturday, June 16

France 2, Australia 1
Argentina 1, Iceland 1
Denmark 1, Peru 0
Croatia 2, Nigeria 0

Sunday, June 17

Serbia 1, Costa Rica 0
Mexico 1, Germany 0
Brazil 1, Switzerland 1

Monday, June 18

Sweden 1, South Korea 0
Belgium 3, Panama 0
England 2, Tunisia 1

Tuesday, June 19

Japan 2, Colombia 1
Senegal 2, Poland 1
Russia 3, Egypt 1

Wednesday, June 20

Portugal 1, Morocco 0
Uruguay 1, Saudi Arabia 0
Spain 1, Iran 0

Thursday, June 21

Denmark 1, Australia 1
France 1, Peru 0
Croatia 3, Argentina 0

Friday, June 22

Brazil 2, Costa Rica 1
Nigeria 2, Iceland 0
Switzerland 2, Serbia 1

Saturday, June 23

Belgium 5, Tunisia 2
Mexico 2, South Korea 1
Germany 2, Sweden 1

Sunday, June 24

England 6, Panama 1
Japan 2, Senegal 2
Colombia 3, Poland 0

Monday, June 25

Uruguay 3, Russia 0
Saudi Arabia 2, Egypt 1
Spain 2, Morocco 2
Iran 1, Portugal 1

Tuesday, June 26

Peru 2, Australia 0
Denmark 0, France 0
Argentina 2, Nigeria 1
Croatia 2, Iceland 1

Wednesday, June 27

South Korea 2, Germany 0
Sweden 3, Mexico 0
1 p.m. – Serbia vs. Brazil
1 p.m. – Switzerland vs Costa Rica

Thursday, June 28

9 a.m. – Japan vs. Poland
9 a.m. – Senegal vs. Colombia
1 p.m. – Panama vs. Tunisia
1 p.m. – England vs. Belgium

Knockout stage – Round of 16

Saturday, June 30

9 a.m. – Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up
1 p.m. – Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. – Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up
1 p.m. – Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up

Monday, July 2

9 a.m. – Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up
1 p.m. – Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up

Tuesday, July 3

9 a.m. – Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up
1 p.m. – Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up

Knockout stage – Quarterfinals

Friday, July 6

9 a.m. – Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner
1 p.m. – Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner

Saturday, July 7

9 a.m. – Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 56 winner
1 p.m. – Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner

Knockout stage – Semifinals

Tuesday, July 10

1 p.m. – Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner

Wednesday, July 11

1 p.m. – Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner

Third-place match

Saturday, July 14

9 a.m. – Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser

2018 World Cup Final

Sunday, July 15

10 a.m. – Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner

Groups

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