FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: FIFA has confirmed the draw for the 2018 World Cup is set to take place in the Kremlin Place in Mascow on Friday, December 1. The date was already known but the choice of venue underlines the significance of the World Cup to the Russian government.
The draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup will take place in Kazan Tennis Academy, the exact location of the draw for the 2018 World Cup final stage is still unknown. In addition, the dates of the workshop for teams participating in the final stage of the World Cup 2018 was also confirmed – February 27-28 in Sochi.
The opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday, June 14, 2018, with the final held at the same stadium on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
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The last of the 32 qualifiers will be known after the playoffs by Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Russia already participates in the tournament as the host country. The draw for the final stage will determine 8 groups of 4 teams, each of which will hold 3 matches. At the end of the group stage national teams that took first and second places in the group will participate in 1/8 final.
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.|
How Can I Watch The World Cup Draw?
The World Cup draw will be available to watch live on television and is also likely to be streamed on FIFA.com. Exact broadcasting details have not yet been confirmed, but it is probable that most tournament rights holders will show the draw live. In the UK, that is both the BBC and ITV and in the US, Fox have the rights in English and Telemundo in Spanish.
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Which Teams Have Qualified For The World Cup?
The full list of teams that have qualified for the World Cup finals so far is below.
Russia beat bids from Belgium/Netherlands, England and Portugal/Spain to host the 2018 World Cup at a vote in December 2010.