FIFA and LOC host seminar for candidate cities
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During the two-day seminar, FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) spoke about the key criteria which will be used to select cities to host the 2018 event.

FIFA’s experts set out their requirements for FIFA World Cup infrastructure: the stadiums, the bases and training facilities to be used by the teams, hotel accommodation, transport, information technology and television broadcasting.

Addressing representatives of the candidate cities, the Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy and the Chairman of the Russia 2018 LOC, Vitaly Mutko, explained the principles underpinning the LOC’s approach to the selection process: “We will choose the cities that are best prepared, the cities that have a vision and a concept for how to host the World Cup. The main thing is for them to take a realistic view of what they can do, and to establish once again how much their region needs the World Cup.”

The seminar was attended by representatives of all 13 cities bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018, including local authority officials from the candidate cities and the surrounding regions and the heads of regional ministries and departments, as well as architects and representatives of the organisations which are designing stadiums for the 2018 event.

Between April and June, an inspection commission comprising experts from FIFA and the LOC will visit all the candidate cities. The final list of cities which will be hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be announced in September.

FIFA Director of Competitions, Mustapha Fahmy
We’re very pleased with how the seminar went. The LOC, which organised the event, and the representatives of the regional organising committees, who played an active part in all the sessions and asked some interesting and relevant questions, performed superbly. We are confident that the information the candidate cities received today will help them to prepare correctly and make the final list. It’s clear that all parties involved in the process are in very good shape, and there is confidence that in 2018 the world will witness a terrific World Cup.

Minister of Physical Education, Sport and Youth policy for Sverdlovsk, Leonid Rapoport
These seminars are extremely important to us. None of the regions has experience of staging such a major international sporting event, so all the information that’s being made available is really valuable. It will help us to improve our own procedures, build up our organisational structure and develop the services and hospitality we can offer. We want to make sure that, thanks to our preparations, the World Cup will be a festival for all football-lovers.