The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial internationalfootball tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations ofFIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in the area of the former Soviet Union and the first to be held in Europe since2006.
The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final is expected to take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The winners will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.