Hopeful nations across the planet with an eye on 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ now know where their path to potential glory will be laid out in front of them at the Final Draw - inside the concert hall at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.
The 32 successful teams are set to gather on 1 December 2017 to see the eight groups mapped out, ahead of their return seven months later. Hosts Russia will kick off the action on 14 June 2018 at the city’s Luzhniki Stadium, just 5km away from the draw venue along the banks of the Moskva River. The palace’s ornate concert hall, which holds 6,000 people, has played host to musical acts ranging from Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo to Julio Iglesias and Elton John, as well as operas, ballets and the likes of Cirque du Soleil, in the past.
So far, the hosts are the only side of the 211 FIFA Member Associations to have a seat booked at the draw, with all six confederations currently competing to earn their spots at the global showpiece. However, almost all have reached a stage in qualification where tickets to Russia 2018 are on the table and one thing is for sure – come November, we will know all the names in the hat as the intriguing business of deciding the groups beckons.