Fifa World Cup 2018 Russia: Schedule (Fixtures), Qualified Teams, Venues, Starting Date: 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.
This tournament is a quadrennial international football tournament contested by men’s national team. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is still days away but the buzz of FIFA WC 2018 has already begun due to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers & FIFA Confederations Cup. Slowly and gradually, teams are making their name official for the FIFA World Cup 2018. This is the highest trophy in the game of football contested in every four years. So it means a lot to the players as well as the fans cheering their national team.
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.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Starting & Grand Final Date
FIFA World Cup 2018 Starting Date – 14 June 2018
FIFA WC 2018 End Date (Grand Finale) – 15 July 2018
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.
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 Date||1st 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 Draw||There 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 Venues, Seating Capacity
Russia proposed Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg as the venues for FIFA World Cup 2018. So total 11 host cities will have 12 Stadiums.
|City||Venue (Stadium Name)||Seating Capacity|
|Saint Petersberg||Krestovsky Stadium||68134|
|Nizhny Novgorod||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium||44899|
|Sochi||Fisht Olympic Stadium||47659|
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.
|June 14, 2018||Match 1||20:30 IST||Russia vs Saudi Arabia||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|June 15, 2018||Match 2||17:30 IST||Egypt vs Uruguay||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|June 15, 2018||Match 3||23:30 IST||Portugal vs Spain||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|June 15, 2018||Match 4||20:30 IST||Morocco vs Iran||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|June 16, 2018||Match 5||15:30 IST||France vs Australia||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|June 16, 2018||Match 6||21:30 IST||Peru vs Denmark||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|June 16, 2018||Match 7||18:30 IST||Argentina vs Iceland||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|June 16, 2018||Match 8||17:30 IST||Croatia vs Nigeria||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|June 17, 2018||Match 9||23:30 IST||Brazil vs Switzerland||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|June 17, 2018||Match 10||00:30 IST||Costa Rica vs Serbia||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|June 17, 2018||Match 11||20:30 IST||Germany vs Mexico||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|June 18, 2018||Match 12||17:30 IST||Sweden vs Korea Republic||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|June 18, 2018||Match 13||20:30 IST||Belgium vs Panama||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|June 18, 2018||Match 14||23:30 IST||Tunisia vs England||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|June 19, 2018||Match 15||17:30 IST||Poland vs Senegal||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|June 19, 2018||Match 16||20:30 IST||Colombia vs Japan||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|June 19, 2018||Match 17||23:30 IST||Russia vs Egypt||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|June 20, 2018||Match 18||20:30 IST||Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|June 20, 2018||Match 19||17:30 IST||Portugal vs Morocco||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|June 20, 2018||Match 20||23:30 IST||Iran vs Spain||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|June 21, 2018||Match 21||17:30 IST||France vs Peru||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|June 21, 2018||Match 22||16:30 IST||Denmark vs Australia||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|June 21, 2018||Match 23||23:30 IST||Argentina vs Croatia||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|June 22, 2018||Match 24||20:30 IST||Nigeria vs Iceland||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|June 22, 2018||Match 25||17:30 IST||Brazil vs Costa Rica||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|June 22, 2018||Match 26||16:30 IST||Serbia vs Switzerland||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|June 23, 2018||Match 27||20:30 IST||Germany vs Sweden||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|June 23, 2018||Match 28||23:30 IST||Korea Republic vs Mexico||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|June 23, 2018||Match 29||17:30 IST||Belgium vs Tunisia||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|June 24, 2018||Match 30||17:30 IST||England vs Panama||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|June 24, 2018||Match 31||23:30 IST||Poland vs Colombia||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|June 24, 2018||Match 32||20:30 IST||Japan vs Senegal||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|June 25, 2018||Match 33||20:30 IST||Uruguay vs Russia||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|June 25, 2018||Match 34||19:30 IST||Saudi Arabia vs Egypt||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|June 25, 2018||Match 35||23:30 IST||Iran vs Portugal||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|June 25, 2018||Match 36||22:30 IST||Spain vs Morocco||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|June 26, 2018||Match 37||19:30 IST||Denmark vs France||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|June 26, 2018||Match 38||19:30 IST||Australia vs Peru||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|June 26, 2018||Match 39||23:30 IST||Nigeria vs Argentina||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|June 26, 2018||Match 40||23:30 IST||Iceland vs Croatia||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|June 27, 2018||Match 41||23:30 IST||Serbia vs Brazil||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|June 27, 2018||Match 42||23:30 IST||Switzerland vs Costa Rica||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|June 27, 2018||Match 43||19:30 IST||Korea Republic vs Germany||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|June 27, 2018||Match 44||19:30 IST||Mexico vs Sweden||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|June 28, 2018||Match 45||22:30 IST||England vs Belgium||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|June 28, 2018||Match 46||23:30 IST||Panama vs Tunisia||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|June 28, 2018||Match 47||19:30 IST||Japan vs Poland||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|June 28, 2018||Match 48||20:30 IST||Senegal vs Colombia||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|Round of 16|
|June 30, 2018||Match 49||23:30 IST||Group A(W) vs Group B(R)||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|June 30, 2018||Match 50||19:30 IST||Group C(W) vs Group D(R)||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|July 1, 2018||Match 51||19:30 IST||Group B(W) vs Group A(R)||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|July 1, 2018||Match 52||23:30 IST||Group D(W) vs Group C(R)||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|July 2, 2018||Match 53||00:30 IST||Group E(W) vs Group F(R)||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|July 2, 2018||Match 54||23:30 IST||Group G(W) vs Group H(R)||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|July 3, 2018||Match 55||19:30 IST||Group F(W) vs Group E(R)||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|July 3, 2018||Match 56||23:30 IST||Group H(W) vs Group G(R)||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|July 6, 2018||Match 57||19:30 IST||Quarter-Final 1||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|July 6, 2018||Match 58||23:30 IST||Quarter-Final 2||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|July 7, 2018||Match 59||23:30 IST||Quarter-Final 3||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|July 7, 2018||Match 60||00:30 IST||Quarter-Final 4||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|July 10, 2018||Match 61||23:30 IST||Semi-Final 1||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|July 11, 2018||Match 62||23:30 IST||Semi-Final 2||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|July 14, 2018||Match 63||19:30 IST||Third Place Match||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|July 15, 2018||Match 64||20:30 IST||Final||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|