2018 World Cup – facts and figures

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ went down in history as the tournament where a lot of things happened for the first time: VAR, fourth substitute, FAN ID, free transport. In addition, the tournament yeilded a lot of statistical records. Read the most interesting facts figures right here at welcome2018.com
15 July

Reaching the quarterfinals – Russia’s best result over the last 50 years of history of its national football team.

Europe and Asia simultaneously – World Cup™ was hosted on two continents for the first time. Ekaterinburg, the city which hosted 4 matches of the tournament, is located 17 kilometres to the east of the conventional border between the European and Asian parts of Russia.

1.5 million people received FAN ID.

The fan identification system was used for selling World Cup tickets for the first time.

Adidas Telstar 18 is the first 2018 World Cup official ball that visited the International Space Station.

Jules Rimet Trophy – first World Cup Trophy – has left the FIFA Museum for the first time in history, to make an appearance in Moscow. The FIFA Museum exposition in the Russian capital was visited by 70 thousand people.

Free travel between host cities was available to ticket and FAN ID holders for the first time. These spectators were provided with 734 trains with a capacity of 444,650 travelers

5 million free trips by public transport in Moscow were made by the 2018 World Cup guests, volunteers and FIFA accredited journalists.

Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary became the oldest participant of the final stages of World Cups in history. On June 25, in a match against Saudi Arabia the 45-year old Egyptian defended his country’s goalposts. Apart from being the oldest player, he holds another record – most games played for national team, 158.

Iceland and Panama  took part in the final stages of World Cups for the first time. Although they failed to advance to the play-offs, they did score goals against their opponents. Iceland debuted with an unexpected draw with Argentina.

FIFA Legends for the first time became honoured guests of World Cup matches. The programme, launched in 2016, supports the development of the game around the world, promoting the principles of fair play, respect, equality and solidarity of athletes.

Lothar Matthaus, Marco van Basten, Diego Forlan, Peter Schmeichel, Rio Ferdinand, Jorge Campos, Zvonimir Boban and Alexander Scott attended a reception at the Kremlin hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Video assistant referee (VAR) was used for the first time at a FIFA World Cup. Referees working with VAR were part of the referee teams of the matches. Thanks to this innovation, the percentage of correct calls by the head referee increased from 95.73% to 99.32%.


Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha became the first referee in history of World Cups to call for a penalty kick after reviewing the replay.

Fourth substitution was used for the first time at the World Cup. According to the new rules, it can be used in extra time. The historic event happened on July 1 in the Russia – Spain round of 16 match. On the field of the Luzhniki Stadium Russian Alexander Erokhin replaced Daler Kuzyaev.

For the first time in 101 years, a representative of the Imperial House of Japan visited Russia. Princess Hisako Takamado visited Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Saransk during the 2018 World Cup.

37 matches had at least one goal scored – this is a new World Cup record. Out of 64 matches, only one match (France - Denmark) ended with a score of 0-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 85th goal for Portugal and became the best scorer in the history of European national teams. The previous record belonged to the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and was held since 1956.

4 days off the residents of Volgograd received thanks to the 2018 World Cup. The government of the region declared June 18, 22, 25 and 28 match days to be holidays.

14 regions of Russia hosted the national teams participating in the 2018 World Cup. The most popular training bases were the Krasnodar Territory and in the Moscow Region.

112 countries were represented by volunteers at the World Cup Russia.

5 million tourists from abroad visited Russia during the 2018 World Cup.

4.47 million tourists visited Moscow during the 2018 World Cup, of which 2.3 million are foreigners. Most of them came from China - 223 thousand.

90% is the average occupancy of Moscow hotels during the 2018 World Cup. Hotels in the city centre were occupied by 99%.

14.8 billion roubles were brought in to the Moscow budget by the fans.

US citizens were most numerous among foreign fans as they purchased 88,825 tickets. The Brazilians came in second (72,512), and the Colombians were in third place (65,234).

Nikolskaya Ulitsa in Moscow has become the informal centre of fan activity of the 2018 World Cup. For three weeks one of the pedestrian areas of the Russian capital became the place of daily improvised carnivals, which were arranged by guests from various countries.

742,462 people visited the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve during the 2018 World Cup. The second most visited  place is the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (490,634 visitors), the third one is the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum in Leningrad Region (381,375).

400 billion rubles constituted additional income of the Russian population, thanks to new jobs, which appeared in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

Contribution of the 2018 World Cup to Russia's GDP was 1%. This is 867 billion roubles.

210 billion rubles – this will be the long-term annual effect of the 2018 World Cup for Russia's GDP over the next 5 years.

4500 items in the list of licensed products of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ were available in 30 official FIFA stores.

96 athletic facilities were reconstructed for the 2018 World Cup in the regions that hosted the tournament matches. They will be given to children's schools and afterschool classes. 16 thousand children will be engaged in these athletic facilities.

The final game of the 2018 World Cup was the 900th match in the history of World Cups.

40 million fans who visited the World Cup games over the history of the tournament. The threshold was passed at the Sweden - Switzerland (1-0) round of 16 match.

The fastest yellow card in the history of World Cups was issued to Mexican Jesús Gallardo. In the match against the Swedish team (0-3) Argentian referee Nestor Pitana issued a warning to Gallardo in the 15th second of the match.

Germany national team for the first time in history failed to advance to the World Cup playoffs. In was the 19th World Cup for the Germans.

Fair play principle was used for the first time to determine who advanced to the play-offs. Japan and Senegal teams had same scores by the end of the group stage, but Japan advanced due to its members having fewer yellow cards.

More than 7 million people visited the FIFA Fan Fest sites in 11 host cities of the 2018 World Cup.

More than 650 music bands and 330 hours of live music were heard at the FIFA Fan Fest sites.

16,000 accredited FIFA journalists covered the 2018 World Cup.

17,440 stewards worked at 2018 World Cup stadiums.

20,850 security officers kept the order at the 2018 World Cup.

Over 35,000 volunteers helped organise the 2018 World Cup. Of these, 17,040 were LOC volunteers and more than 18,000 were city volunteers.

5000 volunteers and children took part in pre-match ceremonies.

Each team of the World Cup scored at least twice for the first time in history of World Cups.

More than 500 thousand hot dogs were sold at 2018 World Cup stadiums, as well as 4.3 million units of drinks.

The most popular products at the 2018 World Cup were the Official Mascow of the World Cup, Zabivaka and the Official Ball of the tournament, adidas Telstar 18.

Record for the number of called penalties was set at the World Cup 2018 - 28. Previous record (18) belonged to the 1990, 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

169 goals were scored at the 2018 World Cup, the average is 2.64 goals per game.

The most beautiful goal of the 2018 World Cup was the one scored by France defender Benjamin Pavard against Argentina in the round of 16 game (4-3). The goal of Russia's Denis Cheryshev against team Croatia in the quarterfinal match took the sixth place.

60% of the Russian population watched at least an hour of 2018 World Cup matches. The audience of Russian TV channels broke records for sporting events. The greatest TV audience was during the quarterfinal match between the national teams of Russia and Croatia (2-2, 3-4 after penalty shootout). The broadcast rating was 20.2% for that game, the audience share was 63.6%.

Photos credits: Donat Sorokin / TASS, Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS, Mary Turner / Getty Images, Vyacheslav Prokofiev / TASS, Valery Matytsin / TASS, Alexey Druzhinin / TASS, Sergey Savostyanov / TASS, Egor Aleev / TASS, Sergey Fadeichev / TASS, Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS, Valery Sharifulin / TASS, Sergey Fadeichev / TASS, Sergey Bobylev / TASS, Pyotr Kovalev / TASS, Alexander Ryumin / TASS, Ira L. Black / Corbis via Getty Images, Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS, Artem Geodakyan / TASS, Vitaly Nevar / TASS, Dmitry Rogulin / TASS, Sergey Konkov / TASS, Artem Korotaev / TASS, Yegor Aleev / TASS, Marina Lysceva / TASS, Alexander Shcherbak / TASS, Sergey Savostyanov / TASS, Elena Afonina / TASS, Mikhail Japaridze / TASS, Vladimir Gerdo / TASS.


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