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Russia’s new football strategy places national team among world’s Top-10 by 2030

September 21, 2016, 20:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. A draft document published on Wednesday and titled "2030-Strategy," which stipulates the development of the sport of football in Russia, envisages in particular the national football squad’s presence among the top-ten global teams in less than 14 years.

The newly-drafted "2030-Strategy" document was sent out on Wednesday to all Russian regions, which are subject to the authority of the Russian Football Union (RFU), for review and possible amendments under voiced proposals. The document will be discussed at the RFU Conference on Saturday, when the Russian governing body of football will be also electing its new president.

The document states that the Russian football team is capable of entering the world’s top 16 teams by 2020, then advance to the top-12 by 2024, and eventually enter the top-10 of world’s best national teams by 2030.

The latest edition of FIFA rankings of the world’s best national teams, issued earlier this month, placed Russia in the 38th place.

The "2030-Strategy" document also envisages an average turnout of spectators at the football stadiums in Russia during matches of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) clubs to reach 70% by 2020, 80% - by 2024 and 90% by 2030. Last year, an average turnout of spectators at stadiums for RFPL games stood at 45% of the facilities’ maximum seats capacity.

The authors of the draft document also suggested that the Russian football authorities should place their bets allowing the young players to enter the national squad of the 2018 World Cup Russia team, as they would later be successfully performing at the following 2020 UEFA Euro Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against a challenging bid from England, a joint bid from Portugal and Spain and another joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The country 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 2018 World Cup matches will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 above-mentioned cities throughout Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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