The 2018 World Cup kicks off in mid-June, and there is so much going on. Teams are looking to decide their provisional squads, their final squads and more. Here are important dates to keep in mind just over a month before the cup begins.
When is the opening match of the World Cup?
It’s June 14, as host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia.
When are the provisional 30-man squads due?
They are due on Monday, May 14. From there, coaches must select their final 23-man squad.
When are the final 23-man squads due?
On June 4, 10 days before the opening game, teams must confirm their list of players.
When is the final?
July 17 in Moscow.
Key Group Games:
- Portugal vs Spain – June 15
- Brazil vs Switzerland – June 17
- Argentina vs Croatia– June 21
- Germany vs Sweden– June 23
- Poland vs Colombia – June 24
- Denmark vs France – June 26
- England vs Belgium – June 28
The last-16 games take place from the 30th of June, up until the 3rd of July, with two games taking place on each day.
The quarter-finals are on the 6th and 7th of July, with the semi-finals following on the 10th and 11th.