The 22-member fifa Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments. 9 During the bidding process, the three remaining non- uefa nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the uefa nations were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. No Ads Exclusive Content HD Videos Cancel Anytime. Group A Pre-match ceremony prior to the opening game, Russia v Saudi Arabia Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup Group A Source: fifa (H) Host. They claimed that four members of the executive committee had requested bribes to vote for England, and Sepp Blatter had said that it had already been arranged before the vote that Russia would win. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of-16 match each. Luzhniki Stadium in, moscow, between, france and, croatia. The opening was rescheduled to 2017. Offering exclusive content not available. He also said, "We are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums". Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both, iceland and, panama made their first appearances at a fifa World Cup. 85 On 27 March, the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia reported that all communications within its area of responsibility have been commissioned. The stadium serves as a home arena to FC Rubin Kazan. 4 5, the finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically. 38 Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia was removed in over a match-fixing attempt, 39 along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-Shalwai. Afterwards, it was renovated in preparation for the 2017 fifa Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. 45 VAR had a significant impact in several games. For the first time since 1982, no African team progressed to the second round. 29 Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the fifa World Rankings at the time of the tournament.