"Match report Round of 16 Spain v Russia" (PDF). 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. 105 Group stage Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams (groups A to H). Archived from the original on Retrieved "Kaliningrad Stadium". In February 2018, Ukrainian rightsholder UA:PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 82 Infrastructure spending Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems. The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on Retrieved "Match report Group G England v Panama" (PDF). Archived from the original on Retrieved "Wanda Group becomes new fifa Partner".
30 Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the fifa World Rankings at the time of the tournament. Retrieved "Match report Group D Argentina v Iceland" (PDF). The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. Archived (PDF) from the original on "World Cup 2018: Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi 'banned over match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Samara Arena". Retrieved "Match report Group H Senegal v Colombia" (PDF). 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. 37 Officiating Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup officials On, fifa released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches.
Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Shortly after the International Football Association Board 's decision to incorporate video assistant referees (VARs) into the Laws of the Game, on, the fifa Council took the much-anticipated step of approving the use of VAR for the first time in a fifa World Cup tournament. Archived from the original on Retrieved b MacInnes, Paul. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. Archived from the original on Retrieved eitsch, Richard. A behzott fjlt tpust nem tmogatjuk. "Current allocation of fifa World Cup confederation slots maintained". Archived from the original on Retrieved 29 September 2012.