Russia adopts law regarding hosting of 2018 World Cup
June 12, 2013
The FIFA World Cup is soccer's premier event, and any nation hosting the world championship is typically quite honored to do so. As such, the news that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup is likely to be a topic of excited conversation between fans in multiple countries during calls made using a prepaid phone card.
Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin began to finalize preparations to host the championship - as well as the slightly less prestigious 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup - by signing a bill into law regarding the matter. The bill will outline parameters for the actual day-to-day responsibilities involved in hosting the event, and allow for a more organized and enjoyable celebration.
According to FIFA.com, one of the law's most significant provisions is its relaxing of restrictions regarding entry into Russia. Fans will be allowed to visit the country without a visa to see the match if they possess tickets upon their arrival at Russia's borders. Additionally, for periods of 18 hours before and after all World Cup matches, overground travel on all forms of Russian public transport will be free.
Russia's FIFA team currently possesses an estimable record against other soccer clubs. As of the organization's latest standings - most recently updated on June 6 - Russia is ranked at 11, just below top-10 teams with legendary soccer prowess such as Spain, Portugal and England.