2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Schedule, Fixtures, Groups, Teams and Starting Date

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia

Fifa World Cup 2018 Schedule: 21st edition of world’s most watched sports event, FIFA World Cup 2018, takes place in the summer of 2018 in Russia. The tournament will be played from 14th June 2018 to 15th July 2018 and 32 teams from across the world will compete in the big tournament. The qualifying rounds began in September 2016 and will be concluded October 2017. The draw for the FIFA World Cup group stage will take place in November 2017.

FIFA unveiled the official schedule and dates for the 21st edition of Football world cup in Russia. 32 national football teams are set to take on each other in the 21st edition of FIFA world cup to become world champion. Russia to host 2018 FIFA world cup aka football world cup from 14 June to 15 July across 12 venues. Germany will be title defending champion in Russia world cup if they qualify.

The first match of the World Cup will involve hosts Russia and kick off on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 18:00 local time (16:00 BST). It will be against the team drawn into the ‘A2’ slot in Group A and take place at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will also be the venue for the final.

That will be the only game on the opening day, but after that there will be three or four games played per day for the duration of the group stage.

The tournament ends on Sunday, July 15, with the final kicking off at 18:00 in Moscow (16:00 BST). The third-place play-off is a day earlier, and the two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11.

All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

Where is the World Cup Beign Hosted?

The World Cup is being hosted in Russia. The tournament will be played in 12 stadiums across 11 cities, all of which are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel times.

Ten of the 12 stadiums are either brand new or have been built within the past five years. The only exceptions are the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, both of which have been renovated extensively for the tournament.

When Will The Draw Be Made?

The groups for the World Cup finals will be drawn on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, at the State Kremlin Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin.

The State Kremlin Palace was originally built on the orders of Nikita Khrushchev for Communist Party meetings, but since the fall of the Soviet Union it has become a concert hall. The Kremlin as a whole is a fortified complex that includes the residence of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.

Which Teams Have Qualified?

The full list of teams that have qualified for the World Cup finals so far is below.

RussiaUEFA (hosts)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Draw Date & Seeding System Explained:

After the qualifying rounds are completed in October 2017, the draw for the group stages will take place 1st December 2017 in Moscow Russia. As the host nation, Russia has already qualified for the World Cup while 31 more teams will join them from 5 different federations. 13 teams from Europe, 4 teams from South America, 5 from Africa, 4 teams from Asia and another 3 from Central/north america. 2 teams will qualify after playoffs.

Group Stage Draw: Once all 32 teams are confirmed FIFA will announce the seeding and rankings of the teams according to which all 32 teams will be put in 4 pots of 8 teams each. Pot 1 will have hosts, defending champions and 6 other best ranked FIFA nations. Rest of the three pots will be bases on geographical regions.

The World Cup 2018 group stage will have 8 groups of four teams each (1 team drawn from each Pot 1,2,3 and 4). FIFA will have live stream of World Cup 2018 group stage draw on their official website and all the national sports TV channels will also broadcast the ceremony set to take place on 1st December 2017 in Moscow Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage Draw Details

Group Stage Draw Date1st December 2017, Moscow Russia
Number of Teams 32 teams (Hosts Russia, 13 Europe, 5 Africa, 4 South America, 4 Asia, 3 North America and 2 inter-continental playoff winners)
Seeding System Once all qualifying rounds are completed and the final 32 qualified teams are confirmed on 13th October 2017, FIFA will announce the international football rankings and teams will be seeded according to their FIFA rank and geographical regions. 32 teams will be put in 4 pots.
Host Russia, defending champions Germany and other 6 top FIFA ranked teams will be in Pot 1 followed by other 24 teams in other three pots according to geographical regions.
Group Stage Starts Group stages of FIFA world Cup 2018 will start on 14th June 2018 with the opening game involving Russia (who are confirmed in Group A). The group stages will be played through 28th June 2018.
Knockout Stage DrawThere won’t be any knockout stage draw as FIFA World Cup follows a bracket system where once the group stages are drawn you already known how the knockout system will pan out. For example, Group A winners vs Group B runners-up and so on.


FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule

Let’s have a look at the complete schedule and fixtures of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Moscow,s Luzhniki Stadium will be hosting opening and final match of 2018 FIFA world cup on 14 June and 15 July respectively. It will also host 2nd semi-final match on 11 July, 2018. Teams are categorized in 8 groups as follows.

14 JuneMatch 118:00 MSKRussia vs A2Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
15 JuneMatch 217:00 YEKTA3 vs A4Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
15 JuneMatch 321:00 MSKB1 vs B2Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
15 JuneMatch 418:00 MSKB3 vs B4Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
16 JuneMatch 513:00 MSKC1 vs C2Kazan Arena, Kazan
16 JuneMatch 619:00 MSKC3 vs C4Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
16 JuneMatch 716:00 MSKD1 vs D2Spartak Stadium, Moscow
16 JuneMatch 821:00 USZ1D3 vs D4Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
17 JuneMatch 921:00 MSKE1 vs E2Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
17 JuneMatch 1016:00 SAMTE3 vs E4Cosmos Arena, Samara
17 JuneMatch 1118:00 MSKF1 vs F2Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18 JuneMatch 1215:00 MSKF3 vs F4Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
18 JuneMatch 1318:00 MSKG1 vs G2Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
18 JuneMatch 1421:00 MSKG3 vs G4Central Stadium, Volgograd
19 JuneMatch 1515:00 MSKH1 vs H2Spartak Stadium, Moscow
19 JuneMatch 1618:00 MSKH3 vs H4Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
19 JuneMatch 1721:00 MSKRussia vs A3Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
20 JuneMatch 1818:00 MSKA4 vs A2Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
20 JuneMatch 1915:00 MSKB1 vs B3Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
20 JuneMatch 2021:00 MSKB2 vs B4Kazan Arena, Kazan
21 JuneMatch 2117:00 YEKTC1 vs C3Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
21 JuneMatch 2219:00 SAMTC2 vs C4Cosmos Arena, Samara
21 JuneMatch 2321:00 MSKD1 vs D3Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
22 JuneMatch 2418:00 MSKD2 vs D4Central Stadium, Volgograd
22 JuneMatch 2515:00 MSKE1 vs E3Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
22 JuneMatch 2620:00 USZ1E2 vs E4Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
23 JuneMatch 2718:00 MSKF1 vs F3Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
23 JuneMatch 2821:00 MSKF2 vs F4Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
23 JuneMatch 2915:00 MSKG1 vs G3Spartak Stadium, Moscow
24 JuneMatch 3015:00 MSKG2 vs G4Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
24 JuneMatch 3121:00 MSKH1 vs H3Kazan Arena, Kazan
24 JuneMatch 3220:00 YEKTH2 vs H4Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
25 JuneMatch 3318:00 SAMTA4 vs RussiaCosmos Arena, Samara
25 JuneMatch 3417:00 MSKA2 vs A3Central Stadium, Volgograd
25 JuneMatch 3521:00 MSKB4 vs B1Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
25 JuneMatch 3620:00 USZ1B2 vs B3Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
26 JuneMatch 3717:00 MSKC4 vs C1Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
26 JuneMatch 3817:00 MSKC2 vs C3Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
26 JuneMatch 3921:00 MSKD4 vs D1Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
26 JuneMatch 4021:00 MSKD2 vs D3Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
27 JuneMatch 4121:00 MSKE4 vs E1Spartak Stadium, Moscow
27 JuneMatch 4221:00 MSKE3 vs E2Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
27 JuneMatch 4317:00 MSKF4 vs F1Kazan Arena, Kazan
27 JuneMatch 4419:00 YEKTF3 vs F2Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
28 JuneMatch 4520:00 USZ1G4 vs G1Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
28 JuneMatch 4621:00 MSKG3 vs G2Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
28 JuneMatch 4717:00 MSKH4 vs H1Central Stadium, Volgograd
28 JuneMatch 4818:00 SAMTH3 vs H2Cosmos Arena, Samara
Round of 16
30 JuneMatch 4921:00 MSKGroup A(W) vs Group B(R)Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
30 JuneMatch 5017:00 MSKGroup C(W) vs Group D(R)Kazan Arena, Kazan
1 JulyMatch 5117:00 MSKGroup B(W) vs Group A(R)Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
1 JulyMatch 5221:00 MSKGroup D(W) vs Group C(R)Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
2 JulyMatch 5318:00 SAMTGroup E(W) vs Group F(R)Cosmos Arena, Samara
2 JulyMatch 5421:00 MSKGroup G(W) vs Group H(R)Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
3 JulyMatch 5517:00 MSKGroup F(W) vs Group E(R)Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
3 JulyMatch 5621:00 MSKGroup H(W) vs Group G(R)Spartak Stadium, Moscow
6 JulyMatch 5717:00 MSKQuarter-Final 1Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
6 JulyMatch 5821:00 MSKQuarter-Final 2Kazan Arena, Kazan
7 JulyMatch 5921:00 MSKQuarter-Final 3Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
7 JulyMatch 6018:00 SAMTQuarter-Final 4Cosmos Arena, Samara
10 JulyMatch 6121:00 MSKSemi-Final 1Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
11 JulyMatch 6221:00 MSKSemi-Final 2Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Third Place
14 JulyMatch 6317:00 MSKThird Place MatchZenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
15 JulyMatch 6418:00 MSKFinalLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow


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