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2018 World Cup dates, schedule and fixtures

Germany's Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy and celebrates victory in the World Cup Final

The 2018 World Cup takes place in Russia and the first match kicks off on 14 June

Thirty-two teams will eventually qualify for the 2018 World Cup next summer, with the cream of the crop competing over thirty-two days to determine which country will be crowned as football champions of the world.

We know for certain that hosts Russia will be lining up and Stanislav Cherchesov’s side will play the opening match in Group A, with this clash taking place on 14 June 2018. Please find below the full list of qualified teams – there are fourteen who have banked their place and a further eighteen places remaining.

Qualified Teams

South America
Brazil

Europe
Belgium
Germany
England
Spain
Poland

Asia
Iran
Japan
Saudi Arabia
South Korea

CONCACAF
Mexico
Costa Rica

Africa
Nigeria
Egypt

When will the World Cup Draw be made?
The draw will be held on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. There are still several teams involved in play-offs to reach the 2018 World Cup.

When does the World Cup 2018 start?
After Russia’s opening game on 14 June, there will then be three more group games on 15 June, with the group stage continuing until 28 June. We will then have the knockout stage which begins on 30 June, with the round of 16 stage ending on 3 July which will leave us with eight teams remaining.

The 2018 World Cup quarter final matches take place on 6 and 7 July, with the semi-finals taking place on 10 and 11 July. We then have the World Cup final on Sunday 15 July, with the third place play-off taking place on 14 July.

2018 World Cup Schedule

GROUP STAGE

Friday 14 June 2018
Russia v A2 1600

Saturday 15 June 2018
A3 v A4 1500
B3 v B4 1700
B1 v B2 1900

Sunday 16 June 2018
C1 v C2 1100
D1 v D2 1400
C3 v C4 1700
D3 v D4 1900

Monday 17 June 2018

E3 v E4 1300
E1 v E2 1800
F1 v F2 1500

Tuesday 18 June 2018
F3 v F4 1200
G1 v G2 1500
G3 v G4 1800

Wednesday 19 June 2018
H1 v H2 1200
H3 v H4 1500
Russia v A3 1800

Thursday 20 June 2018
A4 v A2 1500
B1 v B3 1200
B2 v B4 1800

Friday 21 June 2018
C1 v C3 1300
C4 v C2 1600
D1 v D3 1800

Saturday 22 June 2018
D4 v D2 1500
E1 v E3 1200
E2 v E4 1900

Sunday 23 June 2018
F1 v F3 1600
F4 v F2 1900
G1 v G3 1300

Monday 24 June 2018
G4 v G2 1300
H4 v H2 1600
H3 v H1 1900

Tuesday 25 June 2018
B4 v B1 1900
B2 v B3 1900
Russia v A4 1500
A2 v A3 1500

Wednesday 26 June 2018
C4 v C1 1500
C2 v C3 1500
D4 v D1 1900
D2 v D3 1900

Thursday 27 June 2018
E4 v E1 1900
E2 v E3 1900
F4 v F1 1500
F2 v F3 1500

Friday 28 June 2018
G4 v G1 1900
G2 v G3 1900
H4 v H1 1500
H2 v H3 1500

LAST SIXTEEN

30 June 2018
1500
Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
Kazan Arena, Kazan

1900
Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

1 July 2018
1500
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

1900
Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

2 July 2018
1500
Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F
Cosmos Arena, Samara

1900
Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

3 July 2018
1500
Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

1900
Winner Group H v Runner-up Group G

QUARTER FINALS

6 July 2018
1500 MSK
Winner Match 49 v Winner Match 50
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

1900
Winner Match 53 v Winner Match 54
Kazan Arena, Kazan

7 July 2018
1500
Winner Match 55 v Winner Match 56
Cosmos Arena, Samara

1900
Winner Match 51 v Winner Match 52
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

SEMI-FINALS

10 July 2018
1900
Winner Match 57 v Winner Match 58
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

11 July 2018
1900
Winner Match 59 v Winner Match 60
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF
14 July 2018

1500
Loser Match 61 v Loser Match 62
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

FINAL
15 July 2018

16:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Winner Match 61 v Winner Match 62
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

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