FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw Dates & Seeding System (Explained)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw Dates & Seeding System (Explained)– FIFA World Cup 2018 would be the 21st FIFA World Cup, is an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to be in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Eastern Europe, and the first held in Europe after 2006, all bar one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, West of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. In this tournament 32, national teams would be participated, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. A total of 64 matches which would be played in 12 venues located in 11 different cities. The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. Russia proposed the following host cities such as Moscow, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Nizhny, Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, and Yekaterinburg. To reduce travel time venue is selected in or just outside European Russia for the teams. The bid evaluation report stated: The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums for FIFA’s tournament requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw Details

Group: 1st Dec 2017, Moscow Russia

Number of Teams: 32 teams.

Group stage starts: FIFA world cup group stage will start on 14th June 2018.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage Draw Details
Group Stage Draw Date 1st December 2017, Moscow Russia
Number of Teams  32 teams (Hosts Russia, 13 Europe, 5 Africa, 4 South America, 4 Asia, 3 North America and 2 inter-continental playoff winners)
Seeding System  Once all qualifying rounds are completed and the final 32 qualified teams are confirmed on 13th October 2017, FIFA will announce the international football rankings and teams will be seeded according to their FIFA rank and geographical regions. 32 teams will be put in 4 pots.
Host Russia, defending champions Germany and other 6 top FIFA ranked teams will be in Pot 1 followed by other 24 teams in other three pots according to geographical regions.
Group Stage Starts  Group stages of FIFA world Cup 2018 will start on 14th June 2018 with the opening game involving Russia (who are confirmed in Group A). The group stages will be played on 28th June 2018.
Knockout Stage Draw There won’t be any knockout stage draw as FIFA World Cup follows a bracket system where once the group stages are drawn you already known how the knockout system will pan out. For example, Group A winners vs Group B runners-up and so on.

Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14 in October 2014. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was canceled by the regional government, 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. Further, the number of cities reduced to eleven and number of stadiums to twelve as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list. Due to concerns the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to 10. The government said, we are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Draw Date & Seeding System Explained:

FIFA’s inspection committee first official visit to Russia in October 2014, on their and its head Chris Unger visited St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and both Moscow venues. FIFA’s inspection committee was satisfied with the progress. On 8th October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament. On 24 July 2015, the full schedule was announced by FIFA. Russia will be placed in position A1 in the group stage and play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where also second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July would be played. The first semi-final on 10 July will host Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg and the third place match on 14 July. The draw will be held on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

In the preliminary squad, each team must have 30 players. A final squad of 23 players will be chosen from the preliminary squad, the team must name (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. If any serious injury happens then Players in the final squad may be replaced up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team’s first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad. After the qualifying rounds which have completed in October 2017, the draw for the group stages will take place 1st December 2017 in Moscow Russia. For World Cup, Russia has already qualified while 31 more teams will also participate from 5 different federations. 13 teams from Europe, 4 teams from South America, 5 from Africa, 4 teams from Asia and another 3 from Central/north America. 2 teams will qualify for playoffs.

Group Stage Draw: FIFA will announce the rankings of the teams once all 32 teams are confirmed according to which all 32 teams will be put into 4 pots of 8 teams each. Pot 1 would be defending champions and 6 other would be best ranked FIFA nations. Rest of the three pots will be bases on geographical regions. The World Cup 2018 group stage will have 8 groups of four teams each. FIFA World Cup 2018 would broadcast live stream on their official website and all the national sports TV channels will also broadcast the ceremony set to take place on 1st December 2017 in Moscow Russia.

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