World Cup 2018: What time does the draw start?

What is happening?

After more than a year of qualification matches all over the world, the remaining 32 teams will find out their groups in the World Cup 2018 draw. The world will be watching.

When and where is it?

The 2018 World Cup draw will take place in Russia’s capital city of Moscow this afternoon at the State Kremlin Palace, which is frequently used as a concert hall.

According to a Fifa spokesman: “This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas.”

What time will it start?

It will start at 6pm local time, or 3pm GMT.

How does the draw work?

A total of 32 teams will feature at the 2018 World Cup, 31 of them coming through a qualifying campaign and one (Russia) making it as host nation.

Those 32 teams will be split into four pots based on their current Fifa world rankings. Pot 1 will contain Russia and the highest-ranked seven teams. Pot 2 will feature the next best eight teams, and so on for Pots 3 and 4.

The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four from A to H. Each group will play three matches, before the top two countries advance to the second round. Russia will be in Group A as host nation.



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