KALININGRAD, May 28. /TASS/. The authorities of Kaliningrad, one of Russia’s 11 cities selected to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, offered the national football team of England using training sites in the Kaliningrad Region during the global football championship, a spokesman for the local organizing committee told TASS on Thursday.
Late last month, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) signed approval documents for 50 out of 64 intended training sites and camps for the national teams qualified to take part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"We offered accommodation and training variants in the settlements of Yantarny, Mamonovo and in the town of Svetlogorsk," the spokesman said. "The English side expressed interest in the coastal strip, i.e. in Svetlogorsk and Yantarny."
Final agreements have not been reached as of yet, but both sides plan to return to discussions on this issue after the World Cup’s Preliminary Draw, he added.
A delegation from Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost enclave in the Baltic area, already paid a visit to London earlier in the year to learn British experience and technologies concerning the construction and management of sports facilities.
Russia is currently gearing up for the Preliminary Draw, which is the first major kick-off event ahead of the global tournament itself.
The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition will be held on July 25 in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg with a total of 208 nations having signed up for the participation in the event.
It will be for the first time in the history of World Cups, when all national teams registered for the Preliminary Draw. Russia as the hosting nation automatically qualified for the championship and therefore is not taking part in the preliminary competition.
The first major kick-start event of the 2018 World Cup will be held at the historic Konstantinovsky Palace, a stronghold of Russia’s rich culture located on the Gulf of Finland’s stunning shoreline. It used to serve in the 18th century as one of the residences of Russia’s imperial family.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.