Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yekaterinburg to compete for right to host Final 8 in World Cup 2018

The city of Yekaterinburg hopes to host the Final 8 match-up for World Cup 2018, according to the Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev.

"We are expected to host the Last 16, and we mean to compete for this as well. This will attract the teams who will make it to the Last 16, and we'll try to compete for the quarter-finals, too. This is a very challenging objective, as other cities are working on this as well," Kuivashev said, Ural Business Consulting reports.

Currently, the final tournament of the World Cup features 32 national teams competing over a month in a host nation, which will be Russia in 2018. There are two stages - a group stage and a knockout stage.

In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. This stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches with extra time and penalty shootouts used to decide the winner if necessary. This is followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-place match and the finals.