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The World’s Biggest Soccer Tournament in Russia in 2018: Flight Deals, Ticket Information, and More

The 2018 world's biggest soccer tournament is almost here! From June-July soccer fans will flock to Russia to celebrate the world-famous event. Do you want to join them?


What Is It?

It’s the biggest soccer tournament in the world! This event has taken place every four years since 1930 (except for in 1942 and 1946 due to WWII). It’s one of the most celebrated sporting events on earth and it draws fans, viewers, and soccer (or football as they say) enthusiasts worldwide. In this 2018 event, which will take place in Russia, there will be 32 teams competing for the cup. 

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When is it Taking Place?

The world’s biggest soccer tournament will be taking place this summer. The tournament is spread over the course of a month with the starting date being June 14th, 2018 and ending on July 15th, 2018. 

Where is it Taking Place?

This world-famous soccer tournament will be taking place in Russia; mostly within the European part. It’s the first time that this event has taken place in Europe since 2006, and the first time it has taken place in Eastern Europe.

As the biggest soccer tournament in the world, it’s no surprise that it will be spread out across several venues in Russia. Most of the venues are within European Russia, however, there are a couple just outside in Asian Russia. The cities were chosen because they were close enough to each other to help save on travel time, both for the teams and for the viewers.

The venues for the world’s biggest soccer tournament in Russia in 2018 are the following cities: 

  • Kaliningrad
  • Kazan
  • Krasnodar
  • Moscow
  • Nizhny Novogorad
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Samara
  • Saransk
  • Sochi
  • Volgograd
  • Yaroslavl
  • Yekaterinburg
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How to Get There?

How you get there depends on which city you end up choosing. For American citizens, you will likely find it easiest, and cheapest, to fly directly into Saint Petersburg or Moscow. From these two major cities you can then use buses, trains, cars, or consider taking a regional flight to other cities who are part of the event.

Please note that American citizens do need a visa to be able to visit Russia. Please check with your closest embassy for the latest rules, regulations, and process for getting a Russian Visa.

How to Get Tickets to the Event

At this point, tickets for the biggest soccer tournament in Russia in 2018 have been on sale for quite a while, so it may be tricky to get your hands on some. But, it is still possible.

The ‘last minute’ sales period started on April 18th, 2018 and will run up to the final match day of this competition. You can apply to purchase these last-minute tickets here. 

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Finding a Place to Stay

As the biggest soccer tournament in the year, fans have been planning to attend the event for months which means many people booked accommodation early. But, you can still find a place to stay. Click on the links below to find accommodation options for the respective cities.

Final Tips

The world’s biggest soccer tournament is an even that shouldn’t be missed. Even if you can’t manage to get your hands on some tickets for the matches, it’s still worth visiting the hosting city during the even because there will be plenty other events and celebrations going on at the same time.

Each host city has Fan Fest venues which include a number of different activities suitable for a wide range of ages. Watch the games on a big screen tv surrounded by hundreds of other fans, listen to music performances, and experience cultural celebrations. The atmosphere is amazing.

If you’ve always dreamed of attending the world’s biggest soccer tournament, then take the leap and go! Getting to Russia is pretty easy, there are lots of accommodation choices, and you are guaranteed to have a good time thanks to Fan Fests.

So? What are you waiting for?

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