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2018 FIFA World Cup
Чемпионат мира по футболу 2018 (Chempionat mira po futbolu 2018)[1]
2018 FIFA WC.svg
Tournament details
Host country Russia
Dates 14 June – 15 July (32 days)
Teams 32 (from 5 or 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 11 host cities)
2014
2022

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018,[2] after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable.

The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.[3][4][5]

This will be the first World Cup with Iceland and Panama as participants. The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Host selection

Russian bid personnel celebrate the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.

The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest.[6] Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings,[7] and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid.[8] During the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the UEFA nations were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium, and Portugal/Spain.

The twenty-two-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.[9] Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting. The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third. England's bid to host its second tournament fell at the first hurdle.[10]

The voting results were as follows:[11]

2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)
Bidders Votes
Round 1 Round 2
Russia 9 13
Portugal / Spain 7 7
Belgium / Netherlands 4 2
England 2 Eliminated

Qualification

  Team qualified for World Cup
  Team may qualify for World Cup
  Team failed to qualify - games to play
  Team failed to qualify for World Cup - all games done
  Team expelled from the tournament by FIFA prior to playing a match
  Country not a FIFA member

Apart from Russia, who qualified automatically for the tournament as the hosts, all FIFA member associations were eligible to enter the qualification process.

Myanmar, having successfully appealed against a ban from the competition for crowd trouble during a 2014 World Cup qualifying tie against Oman, were obliged to play all their home matches outside the country.[12] On 12 March 2015, prior to the start of qualification, Zimbabwe were expelled from the tournament for failing to pay former coach José Claudinei.[13] Indonesia were suspended and then expelled before playing a single qualifying match, as part of punishment for government interference in the Football Association of Indonesia.[14]

The qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015 at 18:00 local time (UTC+3).[15][16][17] Qualifying matches for AFC and CONCACAF started in March 2015, prior to the qualifying draw.[2]

The allocation of slots for each confederation was decided to be unchanged by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zürich, after the FIFA Congress.[18][19]

On 13 May 2016, Gibraltar and Kosovo became FIFA members and eligible for the World Cup qualifying.[20][21]

Qualified teams

As of 10 October 2017, twenty-three countries have secured qualification to the final tournament. Of these, seventeen countries competed at the previous edition of the tournament in 2014. Serbia will return to the tournament after missing the 2014 edition. Poland and Saudi Arabia both qualified for the first time since 2006, whilst Egypt will return to the finals after a 28-year absence from their last appearance in 1990. Both Iceland and Panama have qualified for the first time.

Notable countries that have failed to qualify include reigning Copa América champions and Confederations Cup runners-up Chile, 2014 third place side Netherlands, missing their first World Cup since 2002 and the United States, failing to qualify for the first time in 32 years.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1 Previous best
performance
 Russia2 Hosts 2 December 2010 10 (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2014) Fourth place (1966)[22]
 Brazil CONMEBOL 01 winners 28 March 2017 20 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Iran AFC Third Round Group A 01 winners 12 June 2017 4 (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014) First round (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)
 Japan AFC Third Round Group B 01 winners 31 August 2017 5 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Round of 16 (2002, 2010)
 Mexico CONCACAF Fifth Round 01 winners 1 September 2017 15 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)
 Belgium UEFA Group H winners 3 September 2017 12 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014) Fourth place (1986)
 South Korea AFC Third Round Group A 02 runners-up 5 September 2017 9 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Fourth place (2002)
 Saudi Arabia AFC Third Round Group B 02 runners-up 5 September 2017 4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) Round of 16 (1994)
 Germany3 UEFA Group C winners 5 October 2017 18 (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
 England UEFA Group F winners 5 October 2017 14 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1966)
 Spain UEFA Group G winners 6 October 2017 14 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (2010)
 Nigeria CAF Third Round Group B winners 7 October 2017 5 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014) Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Fifth Round 02 runners-up 7 October 2017 4 (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014) Quarter-finals (2014)
 Poland UEFA Group E winners 8 October 2017 7 (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006) Third place (1974, 1982)
 Egypt CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 2 (1934, 1990) First round (1934, 1990)
 Iceland UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017 None (debut)
 Serbia4 UEFA Group D winners 9 October 2017 11 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010) Fourth place (1930, 1962)[23]
 Portugal UEFA Group B winners 10 October 2017 6 (1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Third place (1966)
 France UEFA Group A winners 10 October 2017 14 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1998)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 02 runners-up 10 October 2017 12 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2010, 2014) Winners (1930, 1950)
 Argentina CONMEBOL 03 3rd place 10 October 2017 16 (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1978, 1986)
 Colombia CONMEBOL 04 4th place 10 October 2017 5 (1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014) Quarter-finals (2014)
 Panama CONCACAF Fifth Round 03 3rd place 10 October 2017 None (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
2 From 1958 to 1990, Russia competed as the Soviet Union.
3 From 1954 to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany.
4 From 1930 to 2006, Serbia competed as a part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.

Proposal for expansion

In October 2013, UEFA President Michel Platini proposed that the World Cup finals should be expanded from 32 to 40 teams starting from 2018. The format would have been the same, but in groups of five instead of four.[24] This was in response to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's comments that Africa and Asia deserved more spots in the World Cup finals at the expense of European and South American teams.[25] However, FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke said that expansion in 2018 would be "unlikely", while Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that the country was "preparing on the basis that 32 teams will be taking part."[26][27] Expansion was ultimately delayed until 10 January 2017, when the FIFA Council voted unanimously to expand to 48 teams starting in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.[28]

Venues

Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg.[29] All the cities are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA's minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed."[30]

In October 2011, Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.[31]

The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list.[32]

Sepp Blatter stated in July 2014 that due to concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to 10. He also said, "We are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums".[33]

In October 2014, on their first official visit to Russia, FIFA's inspection committee and its head Chris Unger visited St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and both Moscow venues. They were satisfied with the progress.[34]

On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament.[35]

Moscow Saint Petersburg Kaliningrad
Luzhniki Stadium Otkrytiye Arena
(Spartak Stadium)
Krestovsky Stadium
(Saint Petersburg Stadium)
Kaliningrad Stadium
Capacity: 81,000
(upgraded)
Capacity: 45,360 Capacity: 68,134 Capacity: 35,212[36]
(new stadium)
Luzhniki Stadium1.jpg Stadium Spartak in Moscow.jpg RUS-2016-Aerial-SPB-Krestovsky Stadium 01.jpg Kaliningrad 05-2017 img72 new stadium.jpg
Kazan Nizhny Novgorod
Kazan Arena Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Capacity: 45,379 Capacity: 44,899
(new stadium)
RubinKazanNewStadium.png Construction of Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.jpg
Samara Volgograd
Cosmos Arena
(Samara Arena)
Volgograd Arena
Capacity: 44,918
(new stadium)
Capacity: 45,568
(rebuilt)
Самара Арена Апрель2.png Construction of Volgograd Arena outside.jpg
Saransk Rostov-on-Don Sochi Yekaterinburg
Mordovia Arena Rostov Arena Fisht Olympic Stadium
(Fisht Stadium)
Central Stadium
(Ekaterinburg Arena)
Capacity: 45,015
(new stadium)
Capacity: 45,000
(new stadium)
Capacity: 47,659 Capacity: 35,000[36]
(upgraded)
Mordovia-Arena stadium(building).jpg RND-Rostov Arena-09.2016.JPG Fisht Olympic Stadium 2017.jpg EstadioCentral2017-01-26.jpg

Media related to Stadiums of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Wikimedia Commons

Schedule

A ceremony in Moscow launching the countdown from 1000 days until the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup begins in Russia.

The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were confirmed later).[37] Russia will be placed in position A1 in the group stage and play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June, which will also host the second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place match on 14 July.[18]

Draw

The draw will be held on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.[38] The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four.

For the draw, the teams will be allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017. Pot 1 will contain the hosts Russia (which will be automatically assigned to Position A1) and the best seven teams, Pot 2 will contain the next best eight teams, and so on for Pots 3 and 4.[39] This will be different from previous draws, where only Pot 1 was based on FIFA Rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations. Same as previous editions, teams from the same confederation will not be drawn against each other for the group stage, except for UEFA where each group can contain up to two teams.

Squads

Each team must first name a preliminary squad of 30 players. From the preliminary squad, the team must name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.[40]

For players named in the 30-player preliminary squad, there is a mandatory rest period between 21 and 27 May 2018, except for those involved in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final played on 26 May.[41]

Group stage

The top two teams of each group advance to the round of 16. Matches are played on a round-robin basis.

Tiebreakers

The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 32.5):[40]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times listed are local time.[42]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

14 June 2018 (2018-06-14)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia  Match 1 A2

15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
A3 Match 2 A4

19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia  Match 17 A3

20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
A4 Match 18 A2

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
A4 Match 33  Russia

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
A2 Match 34 A3

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 15 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
B3 Match 4 B4

15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
B1 Match 3 B2

20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
B1 Match 19 B3

20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
B4 Match 20 B2

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
B4 Match 35 B1

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
B2 Match 36 B3

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
13:00 MSK (UTC+3)
C1 Match 5 C2

16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
19:00 MSK (UTC+3)
C3 Match 6 C4

21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
C1 Match 21 C3

21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
19:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
C4 Match 22 C2

26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
C4 Match 37 C1

26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
C2 Match 38 C3

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
16:00 MSK (UTC+3)
D1 Match 7 D2

16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
21:00 KALT (UTC+2)
D3 Match 8 D4

21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
D1 Match 23 D3

22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
D4 Match 24 D2

26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
D4 Match 39 D1

26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
D2 Match 40 D3

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
16:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
E3 Match 10 E4

17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
E1 Match 9 E2

22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
E1 Match 25 E3

22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
E4 Match 26 E2

27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
E4 Match 41 E1

27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
E2 Match 42 E3

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
F1 Match 11 F2

18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
F3 Match 12 F4

23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
F1 Match 27 F3

23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
F4 Match 28 F2

27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
F4 Match 43 F1

27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
19:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
F2 Match 44 F3

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 18 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
G1 Match 13 G2

18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
G3 Match 14 G4

23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
G1 Match 29 G3

24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
G4 Match 30 G2

28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
G4 Match 45 G1

28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
G2 Match 46 G3

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 H2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 19 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
H1 Match 15 H2

19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
H3 Match 16 H4

24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
20:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
H4 Match 32 H2

24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
H1 Match 31 H3

28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
H4 Match 47 H1

28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
H2 Match 48 H3

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[40]

Bracket

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
30 June – Sochi
 
 
Winner Group A
 
6 July – Nizhny Novgorod
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner Match 49
 
30 June – Kazan
 
Winner Match 50
 
Winner Group C
 
10 July – Saint Petersburg
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Match 57
 
2 July – Samara
 
Winner Match 58
 
Winner Group E
 
6 July – Kazan
 
Runner-up Group F
 
Winner Match 53
 
2 July – Rostov-on-Don
 
Winner Match 54
 
Winner Group G
 
15 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
 
Runner-up Group H
 
Winner Match 61
 
1 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
 
Winner Match 62
 
Winner Group B
 
7 July – Sochi
 
Runner-up Group A
 
Winner Match 51
 
1 July – Nizhny Novgorod
 
Winner Match 52
 
Winner Group D
 
11 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner Match 59
 
3 July – Saint Petersburg
 
Winner Match 60 Third place play-off
 
Winner Group F
 
7 July – Samara 14 July – Saint Petersburg
 
Runner-up Group E
 
Winner Match 55 Loser Match 61
 
3 July – Moscow (Spartak)
 
Winner Match 56 Loser Match 62
 
Winner Group H
 
 
Runner-up Group G
 

Round of 16

30 June 2018 (2018-06-30)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group C Match 50 Runner-up Group D

30 June 2018 (2018-06-30)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group A Match 49 Runner-up Group B

1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group B Match 51 Runner-up Group A

1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group D Match 52 Runner-up Group C

2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Winner Group E Match 53 Runner-up Group F

2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group G Match 54 Runner-up Group H

3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group F Match 55 Runner-up Group E

3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Group H Match 56 Runner-up Group G

Quarter-finals

6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 49 Match 57 Winner Match 50

6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 53 Match 58 Winner Match 54

7 July 2018 (2018-07-07)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Winner Match 55 Match 60 Winner Match 56

7 July 2018 (2018-07-07)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 51 Match 59 Winner Match 52

Semi-finals

10 July 2018 (2018-07-10)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 57 Match 61 Winner Match 58

11 July 2018 (2018-07-11)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 59 Match 62 Winner Match 60

Third place play-off

14 July 2018 (2018-07-14)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Loser Match 61 Match 63 Loser Match 62

Final

15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 61 Match 64 Winner Match 62

Controversies

As with the 2014 Winter Olympics, the choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football,[43][44] and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society.[45][46] Russia's involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has also caused calls for the tournament to be moved, particularly following the annexation of Crimea.[47][48] FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: "The World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work".[49]

Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament.[50] FIFA appointed Michael J. Garcia, a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report (the Garcia Report) on the corruption allegations. Although the report was never published, FIFA released a 42-page summary of its findings as determined by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash.[51] Garcia criticised the summary as being "materially incomplete" with "erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions", and appealed to FIFA's Appeal Committee.[52][53] The committee declined to hear his appeal, so Garcia resigned in protest of FIFA's conduct, citing a "lack of leadership" and lack of confidence in the independence of Eckert.[54]

On 3 June 2015, the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.[55][56] In an interview published on 7 June 2015, Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA's Audit And Compliance Committee, stated that "should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be cancelled".[57][58]

Due to the financial crisis in the Russian economy, the budget for the preparations was cut a few times. In June 2015, a government decree cut the budget by $560 million, to a total of $11.8 billion.[59]

Russian visa policy

The general visa policy of Russia will not apply to the World Cup participants and fans, who will be able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship.[60]

Branding

The typeface used for branding

The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October 2014 by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country.[61] For the branding, a typeface called Dusha (from Душа, Russian for soul) was created by Portuguese design agency Brandia Central in 2014.

Broadcasting rights

FIFA, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to various local broadcasters.

Mascot

The official FIFA World Cup mascot for the 2018 tournament, a wolf named Zabivaka ("the one who scores" in Russian), was unveiled on 21 October 2016. Representing an anthropomorphic wolf with brown and white wool T-shirt with the words "RUSSIA 2018" and orange sport glasses. The combination of white, blue and red T-shirt and shorts are the national colors of the Russian team. The student designer is Ekaterina Bocharova, and the mascot was selected by Internet voting.

The election results were announced on October 22, 2016, in the Evening Urgant on Channel One Russia. Wolf, named Zabivaka, scored 53% of the vote, ahead of Tiger (27%). Cat, with 20% of the vote, was third. More than 1 million people participated in the voting, which took place during September 2016 on the FIFA platforms, as well as during the live broadcast on Channel One, where the results of the creative competition were announced.[62]

Ticketing

The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September 2017, 12:00 Moscow time, and will last until 12 October 2017.[63]

Sponsorship

FIFA partners FIFA World Cup sponsors European supporters

See also

References

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