Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Luzhniki stadium confirmed to host World Cup final

FIFA recently confirmed Moscow's Luzhniki stadium as the venue for the 2018 World Cup soccer final.

The 90,000 seat Luzhniki stadium will likely also host the tournament's opening match and a semi-final match pending approval from the FIFA executive committee. St. Petersburg will stage the other semi-final game, TVNZ reports.

FIFA also announced that Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi have been approved as venues for the 2017 Confederations Cup, which will also be held in Russia.

FIFA also issued a decision to allow Kosovo, which is not a member of FIFA, to play friendly soccer matches at the youth, amateur, women's and club levels. So far, no decision has been made regarding Kosovo's eligibility to participate at a senior level.

In May, FIFA tentatively agreed to allow Kosovo to play friendly matches at all levels. The final decision, however, was delayed following opposition from Serbia and UEFA President Michel Platini. Kosovo's own soccer federation, the Football Federation of Kosovo, maintains that it only intends to play friendly international matches and is not petitioning to join FIFA, according to TVNZ.