2018 Russia LOC Management Board gets to work

The Management Board of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) has held its first meeting, in Moscow on 9 November 2011.

The Management Board is the LOC’s collective management body, monitoring the work of the LOC and helping with preparations for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The board is chaired by Vitaly Mutko, Chairman of the LOC and Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy. At the meeting, Mutko outlined the areas of responsibility for the various bodies in charge of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“The LOC Supervisory Board is the top body, and will meet once a year to address the high-level matters. In particular, the Supervisory Board will be responsible for approving our vision for the 2018 World Cup, and can also finalise the list of cities and stadiums which will be hosting matches at the world’s top football tournament,” Mutko said.

“Meanwhile, the Management Board will meet regularly. And one level down we have the administration led by the LOC CEO,” added the minister.

The Management Board brings together LOC chief executive officer Alexey Sorokin, Russian Football Union President Sergey Fursenko and representatives from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance.

At the first meeting the Management Board discussed bringing forward the deadline for finalising the list of cities which will host 2018 World Cup matches, as well as the selection criteria for those cities.

“In October 2012, we will select 11 cities and 12 stadiums. The main criteria have already been identified. Further criteria will involve analysis of the legacy programmes and the country’s regional development programmes. Next year we will make our inspection visits to the regions,” Mutko explained.

The Management Board also decided to set up a separate organisation, “Arena-2018”, to monitor construction of the stadiums and compliance with FIFA requirements.

The board will be convening on a regular basis, at least four times a year. Its next session is scheduled for December 2011.