FIFA World Cup 2018 will be the 18th edition of world most watched sporting event and it will be taking place in Russia from 14th June 2017 to 15th July 2017. 32 international football teams will take part in the month long event and the draw for the group stages will take place on 1st December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. FIFA has promised extensive coverage of the event in all parts of the world and this page is the dedicated FIFA World Cup 2018 details and information regarding all things World Cup.
We have covered every aspect of FIFA World Cup 2018 which is just around 6 months away. From match schedule to TV channels broadcasting worldwide, Official team kits and interactive World Cup guide. When the squad will be confirmed and each and every 32 teams official squad rosters as soon as they are announced.
All 32 teams have been confirmed and FIFA has also announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup. However which teams will be playing where and against whom will be decided after the group stage draw which takes place on Friday, 1st December 2017. We will have updated FIFA World Cup match schedule right here on this page.
On Friday, 01 December 2017 the official draw ceremony for the 2018 world cup group stage took place and the 8 groups were drawn with four teams each. Russia as host nation are in group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. While defending Champions Germany are drawn with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
The draw will take place on Friday, 01 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each according to seeding pots. There will be as many as 48 group games which will be played from 14th June 2017 to 28th June 2017. There won’t be any knockout draw as FIFA has adopted a bracket system where group 1 winners take on group 2 runners-up and so on.
32 teams have qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Russia (host nation) and Germany (defending champions) has automatic qualification while the other 30 teams had to go through 3 year long World Cup qualifying rounds to book their places in the World Cup.
Official Kits of All 32 Teams:
As expected Adidas and Nike will be producing team jerseys of majority of qualified teams. Other manufacturers include Umbro, New Balance, Puma and Errea. Adidas has already released the official team kits of all their contracted nations. While Nike will release official kits in January 2017.
FIFA has announced a 20% increase in 2018 World Cup prize money with $400 million set to be distributed among 32 participating federations according to how they finish. There is another $391 million set as reserved for payments to players clubs and insurances.
FIFA has promised extensive TV coverage for World Cup 2018 and channels in as many as 190 countries will be broadcasting the matches live worldwide. FIFA will produce the live feed which will be distributed to tv networks around the world. Most of the European countries will have World Cup on free-to-air channels.
FIFA has already announced the 36 man list of referees and assistant referees for the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia. FIFA has also announced that they will be using video technology in the World Cup and list of Video Assistant Referees (VAR’s) will be announced in March 2017 after the approval from IFAB.
Official Match Ball for 2018 World Cup:
Adidas has produced the official match balls for FIFA world Cups since 1960s and they have already released the official match ball of 2018 World Cup named “ADIDAS TELSTAR 18” which comes with white base and black/grey gradients pattern. The logs of Adidas, FIFA and Russia World Cup are all in gold making it a classic white/black football used in the earlier world cups.
FIFA has announced the deadline day to announce 23-man squads which will be exactly 1 month before the first game begins. All 32 teams have to submit their final 23-man squad by 13 May 2018 which will include atleast 3 goalkeepers and 20 outfield players. FIFA has also announced the limit of people for respective benches which is 8 officials and 12 substitutes.
Brazil are the most successful team in history of FIFA World Cup winning it 5 times. Germany & Italy has won it 4 times each while Uruguay and Argentina has won the twice each. England and France are the only others teams to have won the tournament once each.
More details about 2018 FIFA World Cup will be posted here as we get closer to the event. We will also update each and every team’s official squad and every match’s preview and highlights afterwards. We will cover all 64 matches with live streaming links posted here before the start of every game.