On January 17 to 23, St. Petersburg hosted the XXIV International football tournament Commonwealth Cup. Volunteers of the Center for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia helped conducting it.
Eight teams participated in the tournament representing national member associations of FIFA: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Estonia. The winner of this year's tournament is Russia’s national youth team, which in the final match defeated the team of Moldova and became the winner for the first time since 2013.
Volunteers for the 2018 World Cup met and accompanied teams, kept order in locker rooms, worked as part of medical teams, controlled the situation and the number of footballs on the field.
2018 World Cup volunteer movement
In October 2015, Chairman of the Organizing Committee "Russia 2018", Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko awarded 15 Russian universities from 11 World Cup cities with certificates. These universities will set up training centers for volunteers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
According to Director General of the Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" Alexey Sorokin, in total, more than 15,000 volunteers will be involved in the events of the 2018 World Cup and 5,000 during 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. About 20,000 people will take part in both tournaments as city volunteers.
Volunteer program ambassadors
Heads of 15 universities, which are created volunteer centers for 2018 World Cup, became the ambassadors of the championship volunteer program. Their main mission is to popularize and promote the volunteer movement values among students. Currently volunteer centers in the host city are passing the certification program and preparing for mass acceptance of applications of candidates for the volunteers in the second quarter of 2016.