Happy New Year!
© LOC

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) would like to wish all friends and fans of football a heartfelt Happy New Year. On behalf of the LOC team, we would like to thank everyone who has shown an interest and played their part in preparations for what will be the first tournament in FIFA’s history to take place in the world’s largest country. Russia is ready to amaze the world in 2018 by staging an unforgettable festival of football for all followers of this beautiful game.

In the new year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin to take shape: the first stadiums will be handed over in Kazan and Sochi; design work for the new arenas will get under way; federal legislation on the staging of the FIFA World Cup in Russia will be passed and work will begin on the tournament’s official branding.

We would like to offer all members of the footballing family our sincere best wishes in fulfilling their aspirations and achieving their goals.

Very best wishes

The Russia 2018 LOC