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 2018 FIFA World Cup
Чемпионат мира по футболу 2018
(Chempionat mira po futbolu 2018)
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Tournament details
Host country Flag of Russia Russia
Dates 14 June – 15 July 2018
Number of teams 32 teams (from 6 confederations)
Venues 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 Flag of Russia Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup ever held in Eastern Europe, and the first held in Europe since 2006.

Host selection

Main article: 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids.

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


Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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

The qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015 at 18:00 local time (UTC+3).

  • Debut: Bhutan, Gibraltar, Kosovo, South Sudan.
  • Disqualified: Indonesia, Zimbabwe.

Qualified teams

  • Flag of Iran Iran
  • 3 or 4 other teams
  • 5 teams

  • 3 or 4 teams

  • Flag of Russia Russia (hosts)
  • 12 other teams
  • 0 or 1 teams

2018 world cup qualification

     Team qualified for World Cup      Team may qualify for World Cup      Team failed to qualify for World Cup, but has matches left to play      Team failed to qualify for World Cup, and all matches have been played      Team expelled from the tournament by FIFA prior to playing a match      Country not a FIFA member


Moscow Saint Petersburg Kaliningrad
Luzhniki Stadium Otkrytiye Arena
(Spartak Stadium)
Krestovsky Stadium
(Saint Petersburg Stadium)
Kaliningrad Stadium
Capacity: 81,000
Capacity: 45,360
Capacity: 68,134
(new stadium)
Capacity: 35,212
(new stadium)
200px Otkrytiye Arena Krestovsky Stadium
Kazan Nizhny Novgorod
Kazan Arena Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Capacity: 45,379 Capacity: 44,899
(new stadium)
Kazan Stadium
Samara Volgograd
Cosmos Arena
(Samara Arena)
Volgograd Arena
Capacity: 44,918
(new stadium)
Capacity: 45,568
Saransk Rostov-on-Don Sochi Yekaterinburg
Mordovia Arena Rostov Arena Fisht Olympic Stadium
(Fisht Stadium)
Central Stadium
(Yekaterinburg Arena)
Capacity: 45,015
(new stadium)
Capacity: 45,000
(new stadium)
Capacity: 47,659 Capacity: 35,000
Sochi Stadium


FIFA World Cup
Tournaments Russia 2018Qatar 2022TBD 2026
Qualification 2018
Football Future's Scenario
2018 FIFA World Cup
Stages Group stage • Knockout stage • Final
Football Future's Scenario