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FIFA World Cup 2018: Kick-off times and venues

When is the World Cup? What times do games kick off? Which cities are hosting matches? Find out the answers to those questions and more ahead of the draw at 3pm on Friday 1st December.

FOOTBALL 30/11/17 14:43

Just over seven months away and the next World Cup will be upon us.

Russia 2018 will welcome fans from around the globe as 32 nations vie for glory. The tournament commences on June 14 and a month later two teams will battle for the trophy.

Get your diary out for these all important times and dates.

Match schedule:

Group stages: June 14 to June 28

Last 16: June 30 to July 3

Quarter-finals: July 6 and July 7

Semi-finals: July 10 and July 11

Third place play-off: July 14

Final: July 15

Timezone:

Depending on where the matches are held, kick-off times can vary between two and five hours ahead of GMT.

On British time, the earliest group match will be 11am in Kazan, whereas evening matches will start by 7pm latest. Matches will kick off at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 7pm.

For those tuning in back in the UK, they will face a 4pm start (6pm local time) for the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on a Sunday afternoon in July. Fire up the BBQ!

Host cities:

Fans will be travelling vast distances if they want to catch their team’s trio of group matches and then further into the tournament.
You might recognise a few from our Champions League coverage, here are the venues for Russia 2018; Ekaterinburg, Saransk, Moscow, Sochi, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod.

England’s build up:

Gareth Southgate will hope to fire up and fine-tune his Three Lions in two testing clashes ahead of jetting off to Russia.

Holland and Italy are the most notable absentees next summer and England have capitalised to take on the wounded powerhouses.

They travel to take on Holland on March 23, before welcoming Italy to Wembley on March 27.

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