On Saturday 25 July, the eyes of the entire world will turn to the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg for the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Subsequently, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke will oversee the actual draw, accompanied by footballing stars such as Ronaldo, Diego Forlan, Alexey Smertin and Samuel Eto'o.
As usual, FIFA.com will deliver extensive coverage of the feverishly anticipated event to football fans everywhere direct from St. Petersburg. Follow all the fun live from Russia as we cover the Draw in a number of exciting and exclusive ways.
*Welcome to DrawCast
*Our Live Draw application (DrawCast) will ensure that fans experience the draw in all of its flair and flavour. The application includes a number of interactive features such as a real-time layout of all the pots and groups; live streams of the latest photos, videos and news from Russia and a live commentary function that will cover everything from the red-carpet interviews to post-draw reactions from coaches and VIPs.
The live Draw application will also house a comments section which will run throughout the day, allowing fans from all over the world to express their thoughts and opinions - all this, in one easily accessible application! DrawCast will start at 14:00 local time (13:00 CET) and will stay open late into the evening.
All the news *
From celebrity interviews to group analysis, the news coverage will be quick and colourful on *FIFA.com this weekend. We will have feature articles on all of the exciting happenings surrounding the draw and several exclusive interviews with various celebrities, football stars, coaches, world leaders and dignitaries in attendance. For numbers fans, we will also have in-depth statistical coverage on the draw results.
Follow the draw from anywhere
FIFA.com’s exclusive live coverage is not just available via a computer. In fact, there are a variety of ways of following the ceremony worldwide.
Fans can track every moment of the draw using the FIFA app, which they can download from the App Store or Google Play and install on their mobile phones or tablets.
In addition, social network users will be able to stay up-to-date with the draw, share their opinions and make predictions via the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Facebook page and Twitter feed @FIFAWorldCup as well as on Instagram (FIFAWorldCup).
Whether on FIFA.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or with the FIFA app, lovers of the beautiful game are guaranteed to enjoy every second of this much-anticipated event.