FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia

World cup 2018

The FIFA world Cup does take place once every four years at different locations. The next one coming up 2018 will be the 21st of its kind, and the male National team, which is a member of FIFA contests in the tournament. It is expected to take place from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in Russia, 2018 world cup will be the first to be held in Eastern Europe and the first in 12 years to be held in Europe.  2nd of December 2010 was when Russia was awarded the hosting rights, but to keep time travel manageable one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, West of the Ural Mountains.

 32 national teams will be involved in the final tournament, 31 teams determined through qualifying and the host national team. 64 matches will be played in 12 stadium located in 11 cities in Russia. The final will take place on 15th of July 2018 in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

 Apart from Russia, which will be eligible automatically for the tournament as hosts, all other FIFA member nation will be able to join the standard qualification process.

The qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015. March 2015 was when Qualifying matches for AFC and CONCACAF started, before the qualifying draw.

 The allocation of slots for all confederation was said to be unchanged by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zürich on the 30th of May 2015, after the FIFA Congress.

 On 13 May 2016, Kosovo and Gibraltar gained FIFA membership and became eligible for the World Cup qualifying.

 The top two national teams from all group will advance to the round of 16. The rankings of teams in each group stage will be determined as follows

  • Difference in goal in group matches
  • Goals scored in group matches
  • Obtained Points in group matches

 If peradventure two or more teams are equal by the stated three criteria, their rankings will be determined by the following ways:

  • The difference in goal in the group matches between two teams
  • Obtained points in the group matches between the teams
  • Number of goals scored in group matches between the teams
  • And fair points: A direct red card: minus 4 points;

Second yellow card (indirect red card): 3 points will be removed, Drawing lots by the FIFA Committee, Direct red card and Yellow card: minus 5 points, First yellow card: 1 point will be removed

 Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Saransk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Sochi. All the cities are in European Russia or just outside so as to reduce travel time for the teams in the vast country. The evaluation of the report stated: The Russian bid proposes 16 stadiums and 13 host cities, exceeding FIFA’s minimum requirement. Three out of the proposed 16 stadiums is being renovated, and 13 of the stadium are being newly constructed.

 Russia reduced the number of stadium 16 to 14 in October 2011. The state government canceled the construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region, and even in the capital, Otkrytie Arena was in competition with the Dynamo stadium on which would be built first.

 The final selection of host cities was announced on the 29 September 2012. The number of cities was reduced to 11, and the number of stages to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl was eliminated from the final list.

 Sepp Blatter stated that due to concerns over the completion of the stadium in Russia, the number of the stadium might be reduced from 12 to 10 for the tournament. He also said, “We are trying to avoid the situation, as is the case of one, two or even three venue in South Africa, where it was a problem with what you do with these stadiums.” FIFA’s first official visit was October 2014, Their inspection committee and its leader Chris Unger visited both Moscow venues St Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi. They were satisfied with the progress they saw.

 FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee on 8 October 2015 approved the official names of the stadiums to be used during the tournament.








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