33 This was different from previous draws, when only pot 1 was based on fifa rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations.
104 Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo entered the stadium with a child in a Russia shirt.
36 Officiating Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup officials On, fifa released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches.
Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both, iceland and, panama made their first appearances at a fifa World Cup.37 On, fifa released the list of 13 video assistant referees, who solely acted in this capacity in the tournament.Garcia, was withheld from public release by Hans-Joachim Eckert, fifa's head of adjudication on ethical matters.29 Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the fifa World Rankings at the time of the tournament.The renovation project was completed in December 2017.60 Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium the two largest stadiums in Russia were used most, both hosting seven matches.14 Because of the controversy, the FA refused to accept Eckert's absolving of Russia from blame, with Greg Dyke calling for a re-examination of the affair and David Bernstein calling for a boycott of the World Cup.50 fifa declared the implementation of VAR a success after the first week of competition.The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics.17 Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches, 18 19 while Gibraltar and Kosovo, who joined fifa on fter the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition.At an estimated cost of over.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup.The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Volgograd.Garcia Report, an internal investigation led by Michael.Players in the final squad may be replaced for serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match and such replacements do not need to have been named in the preliminary squad.30 Draw Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup seeding Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro in Moscow at the 2018 World Cup draw The draw was held on 1 December 2017 at 18:00 MSK at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.
Sat, Mar 11, wed, Mar 8, sat, Mar 4, wed, Mar 1, sat, Feb 25, wed, Feb 22, Sat, Feb.Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed." 55 In October 2011, Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16.Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage.Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of-16 match each.81 The Russian government had originally earmarked a budget of around 20 billion 82 which was later slashed to 10 billion for the preparations of the World Cup, of which half is spent on transport infrastructure.Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and.93 Transport Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as the lottery numbers for yesterday well as services such as bus service within them.34 From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 4 June."fifa 2018 " redirects here.The arena hosted its first match.
3, it was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
15 16 Teams Qualification Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup qualification For the first time in the history of the fifa World Cup, all eligible nations the 209 fifa member associations minus automatically qualified hosts Russia applied to enter the qualifying process.
88 Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad was upgraded with radio navigation and weather equipment.