official mascot for the tournament was unveiled, and selected through a design competition among university students. Retrieved "Match report Group F Germany v Mexico" (PDF). Archived from the original on Retrieved Mendick, Robert; Luhn, Alec.
Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage. The New York Times. Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Construction began in 2015. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved "Match report Group D Nigeria v Argentina" (PDF). 184 Ticketing The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September 2017, 12:00 Moscow Time, and lasted until 185 The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and. 16 17 Teams Qualification Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup qualification For the first time in the history of the fifa World Cup, all eligible nations the 209 fifa member associations minus automatically qualified hosts Russia applied to enter the qualifying process.