The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final is an upcoming football match to determine the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will be the 21st final of the FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 15 July 2018 and will be contested by the winners of the semi-finals.[1]

The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.


The exterior of the Luzhniki Stadium at night

The final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, located in the Khamovniki District of the Central Administrative Okrug. The stadium was confirmed as the final venue on 14 December 2012, following a meeting by the FIFA Executive Committee held in Tokyo, Japan.[2] The stadium will also host six other matches, including the opening match on 14 June and the second semi-final match on 11 July.

The Luzhniki Stadium, previously known as the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium until 1992, originally opened in 1956 as part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.[3] The stadium has served as the national stadium of the country, hosting many of the matches of the Russia national team, and previously the Soviet Union national team. In the past, the stadium has been used as the home ground at various times for CSKA Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, and Spartak Moscow. However, there are currently no clubs based at the stadium.[4][5]

The interior of the Luzhniki Stadium

The stadium has hosted numerous international sporting events. The stadium was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football (four matches, including the gold medal match), and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix.[6] The stadium hosted the 1999 UEFA Cup Final, as well as the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.[7] Other events staged include the Spartakiad, the final game of the 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 1973 Summer Universiade, the Friendship Games in 1984, the 1986 Goodwill Games, and the 1998 World Youth Games. In 2013, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and World Athletics Championships were held at the ground. The stadium has also served as a venue for many concerts for artists such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Metallica, Kino, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.[8][9] The Moscow Music Peace Festival also took place at the stadium in August 1989.

A UEFA Category Four stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium is the largest stadium at the 2018 World Cup and in Russia, with a maximum capacity of 81,006. This also makes the stadium the largest in Eastern Europe, and the eighth-largest overall in Europe. As part of Russia's World Cup bid, the stadium was rebuilt and expanded, with work begenning in August 2013. The self-supported cover was retained, along with the historical facade of the stadium, due to its architectural value.[10] The stadium reconstruction project finished in 2017, having cost €350 million.


Route to the final

Winners Match 61 Round Winners Match 62
Opponents Result Group stage Opponents Result
Match 1
Match 2
Match 3
Final standings
Opponents Result Knockout stage Opponents Result
Round of 16



Winners Match 61 Match 64 Winners Match 62

Match rules[11]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

See also


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 – Match Schedule" (PDF). FIFA.com. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Russia 2018 to start and finish at Luzhniki Stadium". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Luzhniki Stadium". The Stadium Guide. 
  4. ^ "Moscow". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Luzhniki Stadium". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  6. ^ 1980 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Volume 2. Part 1. pp. 48–51.
  7. ^ Halpin, Tony (22 May 2008). "Moscow proud of trouble-free Champions League final". London: The Times. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Luzniky Stadium". Red Hot Chili Peppers. 
  9. ^ "U2 in Russia". 
  10. ^ "Реконструкция Лужников – образец заботы о культурном наследии – мэр". m24.ru. 
  11. ^ "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com. 

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