This World Cup is a quadrennial international football tournament that is contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. Russia got its hosting right after the country was awarded the rights on 2 December, 2010. Russia is going to host the FIFA Cup from June 14 to July 15, 2018. This World Cup will be the very first World Cup ever held in Eastern Europe and since the year 2006 it was the first that was held in Europe.
The final tournament of FIFA World Cup 2018 will involve 32 national teams that include 31 teams that will be determined through qualifying competitions as well as the automatically qualified host team. In the 12 venues, located in 11 cities, a total of 64 matches will be played. The final of the tournament will be held on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It is important to note that the winner will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Bidding Process to Host 2018 FIFA World CupThe bidding process for hosting the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup began in January, 2009. The national associations were given time till 2 February 2009 to register their interest. However, nine countries placed their bids for the FIFA World Cup 2018, but the team of Mexico withdrew from proceedings later on. The bid of Indonesia was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian Government failed to submit a letter to support the bid.
In the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA Nations, namely Australia, Japan and the United Nations withdrew from the 2018 bids and the nations of UEFA were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. Altogether, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, namely England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.