Fifa World Cup 2018
will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international association football
tournament, that is scheduled to take place in 2018 in Russia. The
finals tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the
host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained.
This will be the first time Russia has hosted the tournament, the first
World Cup to have been held in Eastern Europe, and the first to have
been held on two continents.
World Cup 2018 Facts
World Cup 2018 Background
After Brazil was chosen as the 2014 World Cup host, FIFA dropped its rotation policy which was introduced in 2004. This policy meant the World cup would be rotated to each confederation (continent) in turn. After the drop in October 2007 a new policy made its introduction.
Any country was now able to place a bid, with the only criterion that their continental confederation has not hosted either of the past 2 World Cups. This for example means that any European country is unable to place a bid for both the 2022 World Cup and 2026 World Cup since European country Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. The first World Cup an European country can place a bid for, is the 2030 World Cup.
For the 2018 World Cup, bids from both Africa and South America were not allowed. This because Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup and Brazil the 2014 World Cup. Only European countries placed a bid for the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA changed another policy. After the 2002 World Cup which was hosted in 2 countries, FIFA banned joint bids. In 2007 they were once more allowed, as long as there would be 1 Organizing Committee rather than 2, which was the case with 2002 World Cup hosts Japan and South Korea.
The following European countries placed a bid:
2 voting rounds were needed in order to choose a winner. In the 2nd round England received 0 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes.
In December 2010 the FIFA Executive Committee announced Russia will host the 21st World Cup in 2018.
This decision is considered controversial, together with the decision of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup. England stated corruption is involved and claimed they have been lied to since several members from the FIFA Executive Committee promised their vote would go to England.
It will not only be the first time Russia will host a World Cup, but it will also be the first time a World Cup will take place in Eastern Europe. Russia will be the biggest host country geographically in World Cup history.
On July 25 2015 the qualifying draw will take place in Saint Petersburg. The date however can be changed by FIFA anytime. Russia as the host country is for now the only country to have qualified already.
World Cup 2018 Stadiums
On September 29 2012 the final decision has been made regarding the stadiums and host cities. A total of 12 stadiums and 11 host cities will be used. 2 stadiums will be used in city Moscow. Many of these stadiums will be constructed especially for the 2018 World Cup and others will be renovated in order to meet FIFA’s requirements.
The Luzhniki stadium renovations in Moscow began in November 2013. Only the outer shell will be kept intact. The plan is to use this stadium for the opening match, a Semi-Final and the Final. The stadiums should be finished just over a year before the 2018 World Cup kick-off. The Luzhniki stadium was built in 1956 and was known as the Lenin stadium until the Soviet Union breakup.
By the end of 2014 all the stadiums will be at the construction stage according to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. 7 of the 12 stadiums are currently still at the design stage.
The following 12 stadiums and 11 host cities will be used in Russia:
There is still a long way to go before the 2018 World Cup kicks off, so it is possible any decision regarding the tournament might change by FIFA.
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