Fans are eagerly awaiting the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup games in Russia. The first game starts on June 14, 2018 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. For the next four weeks, the world’s best footballing countries will be competing for that ultimate prize: The World Cup! The games open on June 14th and end with the final game on July 15, 2018. There are 32 different countries participating, including Russia, the hosting country.
Are you ready for the games? Here’s a quick 2018 World Cup Guide to what you need to know so you can better prepare for the games ahead.
Shop for Online Tickets
Russia isn’t all that far away and is a great place to visit. If you check online, there are football tickets still available for many of these games. There are twelve different venues to choose from, in many different cities: Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Volgrograd and more. But if you do want tickets to watch the games in live action, buy them now because they’re certain to sell out fast.
If you need tickets, buy them from the official FIFA website, rather than some online shopping marketplace. Buying directly from FIFA ensures that your tickets are genuine. Some of the tickets will be based on a random draw, while you can choose others on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you do decide to head to Russia, you’ll be interested in knowing that there are no visa requirements if you’re heading to a World Cup game. You do need a Fan-ID passport though, which you can find online. You must prove that you have World Cup tickets too. This ID will also allow you to travel on Russian public transit for free.
Watch from Home
If you can’t afford to travel to Russia, the next best thing is to watch the games from home. You can watch them from the comfort of your couch, while you sip your favourite drink. Make your favourite crisps and homemade dip. You may even wish to hold a World Cup party for the final game, though we don’t yet know who the two contenders will be.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to watch the games at your favourite local pub. Be sure to check with management to ensure that there is coverage of all your favourite teams, so you can avoid disappointment.
Whether you watch from home or at a pub you’re sure to get into the festival vibe. And best of all, there are going to be 64 different matches played at 12 venues in 11 different cities. That’s going to be a whole lot of football watching happening.
You’ll be interested in knowing that the winner of the 2018 FIFA Cup will also automatically qualify for the 2021 Confederation Cup games too. This is in addition to the hosting country who will win the bid for the games. Since Russia is the hosting country for this year, you can indulge in a few shots of Russian vodka to help you get into the spirit of the game.
Even though there will be English translations offered for the games, it can help to get ahead by learning a bit of Russian. There are special apps you can download to help you learn the language. There are also ones to help you learn the Cyrillic alphabet too, because likely you’re going to see it on the stadium advertising, or people holding up flags. It can help to make you feel you’re more a part of them game when you have the edge.
Place Your Bets
If you want to have fun and have the potential to make some spare cash, there are going to be millions of people around the world placing their bets. You can stick to placing small bets with your friends, or visiting one of the many professional betting sites that offer fairly good odds. It’s recommended that you avoid any shady sites though, or from that guy at the bar with a “sure thing”. It’s important to stay safe and be responsible when gambling.
Are You Ready for the Games?
Besides cleaning your house and ensuring that your big screen TV is functioning well, you may wish to buy some t-shirts or hats with your favourite team’s logo on them. Start planning your football parties, and best of all, have fun with the excitement ahead!