2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee Leadership

Russia was awarded the right to host the FIFA World Cup™ on 2 December 2010, getting an absolute majority of votes from the FIFA Executive Committee.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee was founded by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Football Union of Russia in January 2011. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is the body responsible for preparing and staging the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

The governing body of the LOC is the Supervisory Board chaired by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov is the First Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Other members include federal ministers, governors of the host regions, football authorities and business representatives.

Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko is chairman of the LOC and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Alexey Sorokin is the CEO of the LOC. He previously served as Secretary General of the Football Union of Russia and was the leader of Russia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup.