Cup match schedule is known at the Kazan Tennis
Academy, FIFA, the Local Organising Committee
(LOC) and the Host Country provided an update on
the preparations for the Tournament of Champions
taking place from 17 June to 2 July next year.
During the media briefing held at the same venue
as the Official Draw, Russia’s Deputy Prime
Minister, Vitaly Mutko, FIFA President Gianni
Infantino and Local Organising Committee (LOC)
CEO, Alexey Sorokin, went through details of some
of the main operational aspects of the event, such
as infrastructure, security, ticketing, and
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Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko
I would like to welcome you to the wonderful city
of Kazan. We did not have any doubts where to
hold the FIFA Confederations Cup draw as Kazan is
a very hospitable city with more than 1,000 years
of history. It’s a city that has been growing and
evolving very fast recently and the capital of
Tatarstan has truly become a major sports city in
Russia and has held a lot of big sports events over
the last few years.
For today, two stadiums are fully operational and
100 per cent ready – it is the Spartak Stadium in
Moscow and the Kazan Arena which FIFA President
Gianni Infantino and myself visited today.
Fisht Stadium in Sochi will be commissioned in
November and we plan to arrange a friendly match
there in March involving the Russian national
football team. Saint Petersburg Stadium will be
commissioned in December and hopefully in March
or April we will arrange a test event there as well.
Apart from that, 12 venue specific training sites
will be used during the tournament. This
infrastructure is to be handed over to the youth
sports academies afterwards and this is the legacy
of the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Part of our obligations as Host Country was visa-
free entrance to Russia during the tournament for
all football supporters who bought tickets. In this
regard, to simplify all the procedures and to
provide additional security guarantees, we plan to
implement FAN ID cards for each supporter
planning to visit the stadium. The FAN ID portal
was launched simultaneously with the FIFA
Confederations Cup tickets Visa pre-sale. There’s
a direct link on FIFA.com that leads to the
dedicated portal with a detailed explanation of all
the procedures on application process. FAN IDs
are to be delivered via post worldwide, but the
electronic confirmation letter would also allow
people to enter Russia. We will be communicating
information on FAN ID as much as possible to all
the parties involved: supporters, teams and
commercial affiliates. Apart from that, we plan to
implement additional services into the FAN ID card.
For example, free ground transportation within the
FIFA President Gianni Infantino
I am happy and pleased being here in Kazan, the
capital of Tatarstan, a city and region which has
incredible cultural and historical heritage, a city
where different cultures and religions are living
peacefully side by side. These are things which are
not really known to the world and football can also
can make these elements and facts known to the
world. That’s why I am happy to be here in Kazan.
Stadiums in Russia are progressing very well, will
be ready in time; perfect status. I know that there
are challenges in Saint Petersburg, but the stadium
will be ready on time – President Putin assured
Also I would like to remind you that the general
phase of ticketing starts on 1 December and you
will be able to buy tickets to all 16 matches. They
will be available on FIFA.com/tickets.
The FIFA World Cup™ in Russia will the first where
we officially will use Video Assistant Referees,
subject to be approved by IFAB in March 2018.
The World Cup is the biggest competition and we
can help referees not to make mistakes. We are
now making tests and will test the system during
the Confederations Cup.
Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO, Alexey
We have been preparing the FIFA Confederations
Cup Official Draw for a year. In general, we are
deep in the operational phase, after the
Confederations Cup Draw we actively will start to
promote the tournament. We are now working hard
on preparations of it, this is our focus currently.
Another aspect I would like to touch on is the
volunteers programme, which already became the
biggest in Russia’s volunteer movement history.
On Monday we received our 150,000th application
and today we already overcame the level of
153,000 applications. I would like also to add that
during the Confederations Cup, around 5,500
volunteers will be used and also a reserve of 40
per cent prepared. We are happy that the
tournament is so popular.