FIFA decided on 19 December 2008 during its meeting in Tokyo to award the two World Cups 2018 and 2022. Eleven applications from 13 countries were there for the two tournaments. All non-European applicants withdrew for the 2018 World Cup and focused on the World Cup 2022.
FIFA announced the host of the World Cup 2018 on 2 December 2010 in Zurich. The election required an absolute majority of twelve votes.
32 associations will take part in the World Cup. The places get awarded within the six continental federations through qualifying tournaments. The qualification groups got drawn out on 25 July 2015 in Saint Petersburg.
On September 29, 2012, eleven venues and twelve World Cup stadiums got announced. The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is the venue for the opening game and the final. With the approval of FIFA, the number of fixed seats got reduced from 45,000 to 35,000 in some venues. In June 2015, Russia again cut its budget.
The draw for the group stage of the finals will take place on 1 December 2017 in the concert hall of Kremlin in Moscow. As hosts of the eight groups, the host will be Russia and the seven leaders of the FIFA World Cup on 16 October 2017. In the draw, no team from the same confederation may be in the same group. An exception exists for the UEFA European Football Association. Two European teams can meet in the group stage.
The ARD paid 200 million euros for the transmission rights according to a media report.
The official mascot of the World Cup 2018 is the Wolf Zabivaka. It gets dressed in national colors and wears sunglasses.
The official logo has the shape of the World Cup and gets designed in red, gold, black and blue. It is reminiscent of Russian national colors and world-famous Russian art. At the top is a magical ball. This has emerged from the firefight, which was on the logo of the Confed Cup 2017. The emblem is to combine magic and dreams.
Here you will find the World Cup schedule with all dates and venues. Apart from Russia, which is set as host, the teams and pairings at the 2018 World Cup are not yet determined. But, all dates and venues are already fixed.
2018 FIFA World Cup Schedule
World Cup Group A
14.06.2018 17:00, Moscow: Russia - A2
15.06.2018 14:00, Ekaterinburg: A3 - A4
19.06.2018 20:00, Saint Petersburg: Russia - A3
20.06.2018 17:00, Rostov on the Don: A4 - A2
25.06.2018 16:00, Samara: A4 - Russia
25.06.2018 16:00, Volgograd: A2 - A3
World Cup Group B
15.06.2018 17:00, Sochi: B3 - B4
15.06.2018 20:00, Saint Petersburg: B1 - B2
20.06.2018 14:00, Moscow: B1 - B3
20.06.2018 20:00, Kasan: B4 - B2
25.06.2018 20.00, Saransk: B2 - B3
25.06.2018 20:00, Kaliningrad: B4 - B1
World Cup Group C
16.06.2018 12:00, Kazan: C1 - C2
16.06.2018 18:00, Saransk: C3 - C4
21.06.2018 14:00, Ekaterinburg: C1 - C3
21.06.2018 17:00, Samara: C4 - C2
26.06.2018 16:00, Moscow: C4 - C1
26.06.2018 16:00, Sochi: C2 - C3
World Cup Group D
16.06.2018 15:00, Moscow: D1 - D2
16.06.2018 21:00, Kaliningrad: D3 - D4
21.06.2018 20:00, Nizhny Novgorod: D1 - D3
22.06.2018 17:00, Volgograd: D4 - D2
26.06.2018 20:00, Rostov on the Don: D2 - D3
26.06.2018 20:00, Saint Petersburg: D4 - D1
World Cup Group E
17.06.2018 14:00, Samara: E3 - E4
17.06.2018 20:00, Rostov on the Don: E1 - E2
22.06.2018 14:00, Saint Petersburg: E1 - E3
22.06.2018 20:00, Kaliningrad: E4 - E2
27.06.2018 20.00, Moscow: E4 - E1
27.06.2018 20:00, Nizhny Novgorod: E2 - E3
World Cup Group F
17.06.2018 17:00, Moscow: F1 - F2
18.06.2018 14:00, Nizhny Novgorod: F3 - F4
23.06.2018 17:00, Sochi: F1 - F3
23.06.2018 20:00, Rostov on the Don: F4 - F2
27.06.2018 16:00, Ekaterinburg: F2 - F3
27.06.2018 16:00, Kasan: F4 - F1
World Cup Group G
18.06.2018 17:00, Sochi: G1 - G2
18.06.2018 20:00, Volgograd: G3 - G4
23.06.2018 14:00, Moscow: G1 - G3
24.06.2018 14:00, Nizhny Novgorod: G4 - G2
28.06.2018 20.00, Kaliningrad: G4 - G1
28.06.2018 20:00, Saransk: G2 - G3
World Cup Group H
19.06.2018 14:00, Moscow: H1 - H2
19.06.2018 17:00, Saransk: H3 - H4
24.06.2018 17:00, Ekaterinburg: H4 - H2
24.06.2018 20:00, Kazan: H1 - H3
28.06.2018 16:00, Samara: H2 - H3
28.06.2018 16:00, Volgograd: H4 - H1
World Cup knockout round
30.06.2018 16:00, Kazan: Winner Group C - Second Group D
30.06.2018 20:00, Sochi: Winner Group A - Second Group B
01.07.2018 16:00, Moscow: Winner Group B - Second Group A
01.07.2018 20:00, Nizhny Novgorod: Winner Group D - Second Group C
02.07.2018 16:00, Samara: Winner Group E - Second Group F
02.07.2018 20:00, Rostov-on-Don: Winner Group G - Second Group H
03.07.2018 16:00, Saint Petersburg: Winner Group F - Second Group E
03.07.2018 20:00, Moscow: Winner Group H - Second Group G
World Cup quarter-finals
06.07.2018 16:00, Nizhny Novgorod: Winner AF 1 - Winner AF 2
06.07.2018 20:00, Kazan: Winner AF 6 - winner AF 5
07.07.2018 16:00, Samara: Winner AF 8 - Winner AF 7
07.07.2018 20:00, Sochi: Winner AF 3 - Winner AF 4
World Cup semi-final
10.07.2018 20:00, Saint Petersburg: Winner VF 2 - Winner VF 1
11.07.2018 20:00, Moscow: Winner VF 4 - Winner VF 3
3rd place match
14.07.2018 16:00, Saint Petersburg: Loser HF 1 - loser HF 2
World Cup final
15.07.2018 17:00, Moscow: Winner HF 1 - winner HF 2
World Cup 2018 Tickets
On 14th September the Fifa starts with the ticket sales for the World Cup finals. In the so-called phase 1 sales, which ends on 12 October, fans can submit their ticket applications. All applications, no matter what date, should have equal chances of success.
After the start of the group phase on 1 December, phase 2 sales follow. There is a section with lottery from 5 December 2017 to 31 January 2018. Another section with ticket allocation starts from 13 March to 3 April 2018. The delivery of tickets does not start before April 2018.
World Cup Tickets: Cheaper prices for Russian fans
In the last minute sales phase, fans have one last chance to secure their tickets. From 18 April to 15 July 2018, the day of the World Cup final, the tickets will get awarded.
Russian fans get tickets at special prices from 1280 rubles (under 19 euros). For all other fans, the cheapest for a group game costs 87.50 euros. The opening game costs 183 euros and the final 379 euros. Final tickets of the highest category cost 917 euros in the regular sale.
On the orders of the Russian authorities, all World Cup spectators must apply for a so-called fan ID. It serves as an official identity document and enables visa-free entry. There is free travel between the World Cup venues and free use of public transport on game days.
The Confed Cup was a kind of rehearsal especially for hosts Russia.