FIFA World Cup 2018 fixtures, dates, time

The FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament will be played in Russia from 14 June–15 July 2018. Don’t miss any of the action when the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia this summer. Are you watching to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup may be devoid of a true Group of Death, but that doesn’t mean all the favourites will survive the group stages. The World Cup presents the perfect opportunity for American soccer fans to show they truly love the beautiful game.

With just three matches to position themselves, there are bound to be top teams who falter. It happens every four years, and sometimes, sleeper teams can build on their momentum to make a deep run.

In 2014, both Italy and England―two title contenders―had to pack their bags after the group stages, while minnows Costa Rica won the group and made it to the quarter-finals.

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 the 2006 tournament in Germany, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. All of the stadium venues are in European Russia 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 tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, 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 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Pre-tournament, favorites to win the final were Brazil, France, Germany and Spain. Brazil is the statistical favorite to win the World Cup in Russia, but there is a 35% chance that it will have to beat tournament nemesis Germany along the way.