The FIFA Executive Committee has approved the kick-off times for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 during the first of two days of meetings in Zurich.
The opening match of both tournaments, as well as the FIFA World Cup Final, will be played at 18.00 Moscow time (UTC + 3).
Taking into account time zone considerations, the FIFA Executive Committee also amended the 2018 FIFA World Cup match schedule accordingly by swapping the following matches between Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg: Match #21 and #26, #32 and #36, #44 and #45.
The next step in the development of the match schedules will be the assignment of kick-off times to matches, factoring in such considerations as daily temperatures and local time zones. Updated versions of the match schedules should be approved in March 2016, during the meeting of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup.
The final match schedules, which will include the participating teams, will be unveiled after the FIFA Confederations Cup Draw, in November 2016, and after the FIFA World Cup Final Draw, in December 2017.
The kick-off times of both competitions using Moscow’s time zones*, are as follows,
**2018™ FIFA World Cup Russia - 14 June to 15 July
Opening match:* 18.00
16 June: *13.00, 16.00, 19.00, 22.00
Group stage matches for the days with three matches: 15.00, 18.00, 21.00
Last round of group stage matches with simultaneous kick-offs, Round of 16 and Quarter-finals: 17.00, 21.00
Match for third place: 17.00
**FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - 17 June to 2 July
Opening Match:* 18.00
First two rounds of group stage matches: *18.00, 21.00
Last round of group stage matches:* 18.00
Match for third place: 15.00
*Please note that local time in three venues should be adjusted accordingly: Kaliningrad –1 hour; Samara + 1 hour; Ekaterinburg + 2 hours.