FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia Time zone and kick off times

FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia: Time zone and kick off times

Opening Match

Russia - Saudi Arabia

Thursday 14 June
18:00 Local time
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Final

Sunday 15 July
18:00 Local time
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

When will the 2018 World Cup take place

June 14 - July 15, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15. A total of 64 soccer matches will be played in 11 venues (in 12 stadiums as Moscow hosts two stadiums) throughout the tournament.

32 national teams have qualified in advance for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Kick-off times: At what time do the teams play?

First things first: both the opening match and final will be at 18:00 UTC+3 (Moscow Time).

Time zones

Time zone in Moscow: UTC +3

All matches except for three will be playing in the Europe/Moscow: UTC+3 time zone.

Three Exceptions

  • UTC+2: Kaliningrad
  • UTC+4: Samara
  • UTC+5: Yekaterinburg

Table: Kick-off times (Local time)

Opening Match 18:00
Group Matches 13:00,
15:00,
16:00,
17:00,
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:00
Single-elimination tournament 17:00,
21:00
Quarter final 17:00,
21:00
Semifinal 21:00
3rd place match 17:00
Final 18:00

Venue: Where will the 2018 World Cup take place?

Russia

On December 2 2010, Russia was announced as host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Zurich. In addition to Spain and Portugal (as joint organizers), the Netherlands and Belgium (also together) England was one of the candidates against which Russia prevailed.

Venues and stadiums

City Stadium Spectators
Yekaterinburg Central Stadium 35.696
Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium 35.202
Kazan Kazan Arena 45.015
Nizhniy Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 44.899
Moscow Luzhniki Stadium 81.000
Moscow Otkrytiye Arena (Spartak Stadium) 44.918
Rostov-na-Donu Rostov Arena 45.000
Samara Cosmos Arena 44.918
Saransk Mordovia Arena 45.015
Sochi Fisht Olympic Stadium 47.659
Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium) 69.500
Volgograd Volgograd Arena 45.015

Current time of the time zones

The World Cup matches take place in a total of four time zones. Below is an overview of the respective local time in the time zone for the venues.

World Champions: Ranking / Eternal Table

The following table contains all previous World Champions, sorted by the number of won World Championships or titles.

Ranking Country Number of championship titles Year(s)
1. Brazil 5 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
2. Germany 4 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
3. Italy 4 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
4. Argentina 2 1978, 1986
5. Uruguay 2 1930, 1950
6. France 1 1998
7. United Kingdom 1 1966
8. Spain 1 2010

The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930.