World Cup fever has gripped soccer fans across the country and around the world. In Sonoma County, fans will be waking up early to watch the matches from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Most games air locally at 5 a.m., 7 a.m. or 11 a.m. Still, some local sports bars are opening early to welcome fans. Prefer the comfort of your home? The 64 games will be widely available on streaming services and traditional broadcast channels.
As the 2018 World Cup heats up, here's how to catch all of the excitement in Sonoma County.
Several Sonoma County bars will open bright and early for morning games, beginning Thursday, June 14, at 8 a.m. (PST) and ending Sunday, July 15. Here's a sampling of local bars that will show the games.
Victory House bills itself as "the place to watch World Cup action," opening at 5 a.m. to show those early-bird matches. Two 40-foot walls are covered with "true HD laser and HD LED TV screens," with multi-zone surround sound. 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-708-3742, visitepicenter.com
Ausiello’s 5th Street Grill will show the 11 a.m. World Cup matches with cold beer, burgers and one of the best Bloody Marys in Sonoma County. 609 5th St., Santa Rosa, 707-579-9408, ausiellos5thstreetgrill.com
Sweet Spot will open at 8 a.m. during the World Cup. The downtown sports bar boasts a large projection screen, seven flat-screen televisions and local beers on tap. 619 4th St, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7566, sweetspotpub.com
Maguire's Pub in Petaluma will be open in time for the 11 a.m. matches. You can grab a West Coast burger and Bloody Mary, too. 145 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707-762-980, maguirespetaluma.com
Toad in the Hole in Railroad Square offers an English pub atmosphere in Sonoma County. Owner Paul Stokeld says he will consider opening his pubs for the 5 a.m. games if enough customers call and request it. 116 5th St, Santa Rosa, 707-544-8623, thetoadpub.com
Elephant in the Room, Toad in the Hole's sister pub, is similarly inviting to soccer fans. 177 A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, facebook.com/greatthingshappen11
Murphy's Irish Pub will open at 8 a.m. daily for the World Cup. This renovated bar on Sonoma's main square is worth a visit. 464 1st St E, Sonoma, 707-935-0660, sonomapub.com
West Side Grill is open at 11 a.m. daily for the later crop of World Cup matches. Beers, burgers and multiple screens. 3082 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-573-9453, shannonswestsidegrill.com
Fox has broadcast rights for all 64 matches in the United States, with games split between Fox and the cable-only Fox Sports channel. Here's the full schedule on Fox: foxsports.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/schedule
Don't have cable? Ditched the TV? You can now watch the World Cup on a 4-inch screen. Internet streaming services like YouTube, Hulu, Sling, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue carry Fox and Fox Sports, so you can still watch the games if you have a subscription. YouTube, Sling and most others offer free trials if you're on the fence about a paid streaming service.