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


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 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 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.

Date Match Time Fixture Venue
14 June Match 1 18:00 MSK Russia vs A2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
15 June Match 2 17:00 YEKT A3 vs A4 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
15 June Match 3 21:00 MSK B1 vs B2 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
15 June Match 4 18:00 MSK B3 vs B4 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
16 June Match 5 13:00 MSK C1 vs C2 Kazan Arena, Kazan
16 June Match 6 19:00 MSK C3 vs C4 Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
16 June Match 7 16:00 MSK D1 vs D2 Spartak Stadium, Moscow
16 June Match 8 21:00 USZ1 D3 vs D4 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
17 June Match 9 21:00 MSK E1 vs E2 Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
17 June Match 10 16:00 SAMT E3 vs E4 Cosmos Arena, Samara
17 June Match 11 18:00 MSK F1 vs F2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18 June Match 12 15:00 MSK F3 vs F4 Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
18 June Match 13 18:00 MSK G1 vs G2 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
18 June Match 14 21:00 MSK G3 vs G4 Central Stadium, Volgograd
19 June Match 15 15:00 MSK H1 vs H2 Spartak Stadium, Moscow
19 June Match 16 18:00 MSK H3 vs H4 Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
19 June Match 17 21:00 MSK Russia vs A3 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
20 June Match 18 18:00 MSK A4 vs A2 Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
20 June Match 19 15:00 MSK B1 vs B3 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
20 June Match 20 21:00 MSK B2 vs B4 Kazan Arena, Kazan
21 June Match 21 17:00 YEKT C1 vs C3 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
21 June Match 22 19:00 SAMT C2 vs C4 Cosmos Arena, Samara
21 June Match 23 21:00 MSK D1 vs D3 Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
22 June Match 24 18:00 MSK D2 vs D4 Central Stadium, Volgograd
22 June Match 25 15:00 MSK E1 vs E3 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
22 June Match 26 20:00 USZ1 E2 vs E4 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
23 June Match 27 18:00 MSK F1 vs F3 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
23 June Match 28 21:00 MSK F2 vs F4 Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
23 June Match 29 15:00 MSK G1 vs G3 Spartak Stadium, Moscow
24 June Match 30 15:00 MSK G2 vs G4 Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
24 June Match 31 21:00 MSK H1 vs H3 Kazan Arena, Kazan
24 June Match 32 20:00 YEKT H2 vs H4 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
25 June Match 33 18:00 SAMT A4 vs Russia Cosmos Arena, Samara
25 June Match 34 17:00 MSK A2 vs A3 Central Stadium, Volgograd
25 June Match 35 21:00 MSK B4 vs B1 Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
25 June Match 36 20:00 USZ1 B2 vs B3 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
26 June Match 37 17:00 MSK C4 vs C1 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
26 June Match 38 17:00 MSK C2 vs C3 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
26 June Match 39 21:00 MSK D4 vs D1 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
26 June Match 40 21:00 MSK D2 vs D3 Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
27 June Match 41 21:00 MSK E4 vs E1 Spartak Stadium, Moscow
27 June Match 42 21:00 MSK E3 vs E2 Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
27 June Match 43 17:00 MSK F4 vs F1 Kazan Arena, Kazan
27 June Match 44 19:00 YEKT F3 vs F2 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
28 June Match 45 20:00 USZ1 G4 vs G1 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
28 June Match 46 21:00 MSK G3 vs G2 Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
28 June Match 47 17:00 MSK H4 vs H1 Central Stadium, Volgograd
28 June Match 48 18:00 SAMT H3 vs H2 Cosmos Arena, Samara
Round of 16
30 June Match 49 21:00 MSK Group A(W) vs Group B(R) Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
30 June Match 50 17:00 MSK Group C(W) vs Group D(R) Kazan Arena, Kazan
1 July Match 51 17:00 MSK Group B(W) vs Group A(R) Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
1 July Match 52 21:00 MSK Group D(W) vs Group C(R) Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
2 July Match 53 18:00 SAMT Group E(W) vs Group F(R) Cosmos Arena, Samara
2 July Match 54 21:00 MSK Group G(W) vs Group H(R) Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
3 July Match 55 17:00 MSK Group F(W) vs Group E(R) Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
3 July Match 56 21:00 MSK Group H(W) vs Group G(R) Spartak Stadium, Moscow
6 July Match 57 17:00 MSK Quarter-Final 1 Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
6 July Match 58 21:00 MSK Quarter-Final 2 Kazan Arena, Kazan
7 July Match 59 21:00 MSK Quarter-Final 3 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
7 July Match 60 18:00 SAMT Quarter-Final 4 Cosmos Arena, Samara
10 July Match 61 21:00 MSK Semi-Final 1 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
11 July Match 62 21:00 MSK Semi-Final 2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Third Place
14 July Match 63 17:00 MSK Third Place Match Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
15 July Match 64 18:00 MSK Final Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow