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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. A FIFA delegation will make its fifth operational tour of stadiums in Russia that will host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup. The visit will take place from February 27 through March 3, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 said on Monday.
The first operational visit took place in October 2014. It was followed by visits in September 2015, April 2016 and September 2016.
The fifth visit will be the last one ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup. The FIFA delegation will visit stadiums in four Russian cities that will host the tournament, namely Sochi, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan. While in Moscow, members of the delegation will make a virtual tour of other stadiums that will host the 2018 World Cup.
The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also viewed by experts as a rehearsal, a year prior to the FIFA World Cup, will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Moscow’s Otkritie-Arena, the St. Petersburg Arena, Sochi’s Fisht Arena and the Kazan-Arena.
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 matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 above-mentioned cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital of Moscow.