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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable.

The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last edition of the tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, and Brazil the only team to participate in all editions, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg. All the cities are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: “The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA’s minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed.”

In October 2011, Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first. The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list.

Groups

Group A- Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B- Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C- France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D- Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E- Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F- Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G- Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H- Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

 

Schedule

The schedule for the FIFA World Cup is out and it is shaped somewhat that follows.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule Revealed

Prizes

As approved by the FIFA Council at its meeting in Kolkata on 27 October 2017, the total contributions for the participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will amount to USD 791 million, up 40 per cent compared to the previous edition in 2014.

From this total, the biggest share –USD 400 million- will be paid as prize money to be distributed among the 32 participating teams. The winners will receive USD 38 million, while the runners-up will get USD 28 million and the third-place team USD 24 million. The minimum prize money for teams eliminated at the group stage will amount to USD 8 million each.

In addition, each qualified team will receive USD 1.5 million to cover preparation costs, which will be paid ahead of the competition. This means all teams are guaranteed at least USD 9.5 million each for their participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

Besides contributions paid to the participating teams, FIFA has already allocated USD 209 million for the Club Benefit Programme, which will be paid via the member associations to the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

Finally, USD 134 million have been earmarked for the Club Protection Programme, by which clubs are compensated for losses incurred due to players being injured while on international duty.

Individual Prizes

There are currently five post-tournament awards, and one given during the tourney:

  • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed “adidas Golden Ball”) for best player, first awarded in 1982;
  • the Golden Boot (currently commercially termed “adidas Golden Boot”, previously known as the “adidas Golden Shoe” from 1982 to 2006) for top goal scorer, first awarded in 1982;
  • the Golden Glove Award (currently commercially termed “adidas Golden Glove”; previously known as the “Lev Yashin Award” from 1994 to 2006) for best goalkeeper, first awarded in 1994;
  • the Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as “Hyundai Best Young Player”) award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006;
  • the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team that advanced to the second round with the best record of fair play, first awarded in 1970;
  • the Man of the Match Award (currently commercially termed as “Budweiser Man of the Match”) for outstanding performance during each game of the tournament, first awarded in 2002.

Two other awards were given between 1994 and 2006.

  • The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public.
  • An All-Star Team comprising the best players of the tournament chosen by the technical study group.