FIFA World Cup 2018 Wiki – Host, Dates, Teams, Schedule, Venues

FIFA World Cup 2018 is an upcoming and 21st edition of the competition that will be played in Russia. The tournament will be featuring 32 national football teams including hosts. Except host nation Russia, all teams will qualify through FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers from each confederations. Here we are providing you details about its start date, end date, teams schedule, venues and other info of FIFA World Cup 2018. Are you ready for the biggest football event?


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FIFA World Cup 2018 Wiki

FIFA World Cup 2018 Host Nation

Host: Russia

At the start of the bidding process, total of nine countries showed interest in hosting FIFA World Cup 2018. Some of the those interested nations withdrew their interest including Mexico, Australia, Japan and United States. In the end four bidders [Russia, Portugal / Spain, Belgium / Netherlands and England] remain the main bidders to host the competition.

Thereafter 22 members of FIFA Executive Committee voted for the host. In voting, Russia got maximum votes. The nation got nine votes in first round and got 13 votes in second round. Voting results as follows

Bidders Votes 
Round 1 Round 2
Russia 9 13
Portugal / Spain 7 7
Belgium / Netherlands 4 2
England 2 Eliminated

Start and End Date of FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 dates

Start Date: 14 June 2018; End Date: 15 July 2018

On 14th June 2018, the opening game of 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played after a grand opening ceremony. The opening game will be played at Luzhniki Stadium located in Moscow. Russia will play the first game against second placed team of their group.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Teams

The competition was expected to be featuring 40 teams instead of 32. This is because UEFA President Michel Platini put a proposal of expanding the FIFA World Cup from 32 teams to 40 teams. Platini proposed it to comments of FIFA President who commented that Africa and Asian teams deserves more spots. But the host nation said “We are preparing on the basis that 32 teams will be taking part”. So FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played among 32 teams.

The Championship will be played among 32 best national football teams. Being host nation, Russia have already qualified for the finals. Remaining 31 teams will qualify via qualifiers.

2018 FIFA World Cup Schedule Fixtures

Full Schedule is not available. The complete fixtures will be updated as soon as available.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues

The competition will be played in 12 football stadiums in 11 different cities. These stadiums with their seating capacity are

  1. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow [Seating capacity: 81,000]
  2. Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow [Seating capacity: 45,360]
  3. Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg [Seating capacity: 68,134]
  4. Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad [Seating capacity: 35,000]
  5. Kazan Arena, Kazan [Seating capacity: 45,379]
  6. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod [Seating capacity: 44,899]
  7. Cosmos Arena, Samara [Seating capacity: 44,918]
  8. Volgograd Arena, Volgograd[Seating capacity: 45,568]
  9. Mordovia Arena, Saransk [Seating capacity: 45,015]
  10. Rostov Arena, Rosto-on-Don [Seating capacity: 45,000]
  11. Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi [Seating capacity: 47,659]
  12. Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg [Seating capacity: 35,000]

FIFA World Cup 2018 Broadcasting Rights

FIFA World Cup 2018 Broadcasting Rights Channels

Country Broadcaster
Algeria ENTV
Australia SBS
Brazil Rede Globo
Canada CTV, RDS, TSN
Germany ARD, ZDF
Ireland RTE
Kosovo RTK
Portugal RTP
South Africa SABC
South Korea SBS, KBS, MBC
Sweden SVT, TV4
Switzerland SRG SSR
United Kingdom BBC, ITV
United States Fox, Telemundo

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