- Category: Sports
BY INKE BRIAN
The 4 year wait is finally over and tonight we are looking forward to the 2018 world cup kicking off at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow between the host Russia and Saudi Arabia.
This year’s tournament is the 21st, world cup contested by the men’s category organized by the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA.
This years’ tournament will involve 32 teams which saw 31 teams undergoing pre-qualification from 6 continents while the host country Russia automatically qualified as host for the tournament.
Of the 32 teams, about 20 countries will be making back to back appearance in the world cup.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The highly contested tournament that starts today 14th June climaxes on 15th July 2018 at the Luzhniki stadium.
On 16th March 2018, the FIFA council approved the use of Video Assistant Referees, VAR for the first time in a FIFA world cup tournament whose list was released On 30th April 2018,.
On 29th March 2018, FIFA released the list of the 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee these matches.
Luzihnik stadium in Moscow and ST Petersburg stadium (2 largest stadiums in Russia) will be the most used, with 7 matches being played in each.
Others are Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny, Novgorod and Samara will host 6 matches including one quarter final apiece, Otkrytiye stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on- Don will host five matches apiece including one round of 16 match each.
Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk will host four matches each and none of these cities will host any knockout stage games.