Vitaly Mutko gave universities certificates to create training centers for volunteers for 2018 World Cup

More than 15,000 volunteers will help with the preparation and carrying out the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
14 October 2015

Russian Sports Minister and the Russia 2018 Organizing Committee Chairman Vitaly Mutko gave certificates for creating training centers for volunteers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia  to the Heads of 15 Universities - winners, representing the 11 host cities the 2018 World Cup.

The winners were recognized by the contest committee headed by Vitaly Mutko, who conducted an independent selection among national universities for the right to develop training centers for volunteers for the 2018 World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. In the course of the competition, which was held from May 14 to September 10, 40 applications were submitted from 26 universities - each of them could submit more than one application.

26 universities participated in the contest

“Today, without exaggeration, is a great day for the volunteer movement in Russia, Mutko said. “Conferring the status of the centers for volunteers to 15 universities in the 11 host cities of the 2018 World Cup, we are also starting large-scale work on training volunteers for the biggest sporting event in the history of our country. But more importantly, we are bringing the volunteeri movement in Russia to a new level,” he added.

Winning universities

The list of winners includes 15 Russian universities:


  • Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

  • Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University

  • Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergy”

  • Russian State Social University

  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations

St. Petersburg

  • Saint-Petersburg University of Economics


  • Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism


  • Sochi State University


  • Samara State Aerospace University


  • Volgograd State University

Nizhny Novgorod

  • N. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod


  • Don State Technical University


  • N. P. Ogarev’s Mordovian State University


  • Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University


  • The Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin

More than 20,000 volunteers will participate in the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup

Participants of the volunteer program

More than 5,000 volunteers will participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and more than 15,000 - in the preparation and carrying the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The volunteer program consists of several stages: recruiting, selecting and training volunteers, as well as organization their work during the Championship. More than 20,000 volunteers in total will be involved in the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

"In the past few years, our country has gained great of experience in volunteer work due to the success of such important events as the Universiade in Kazan and, of course, the Olympic Games in Sochi, which basically  started this movement in Russia. And I am very pleased to note that among the universities who are selected for creating volunteer centers for the 2018 World Cup, 7 universities have already participated in the training volunteers for the Olympics,” Mutko said.

The first workshop for volunteers

The first orientation workshop will be held on October 15-16 in Saransk, which will be attended by representatives of 15 universities and the host cities responsible for training volunteers. The workshop will focus on integrating the volunteer program of the Organizing Committee and the city volunteer program, the main stages of the volunteer program.

The selection and training of volunteers for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup begins in 2016.


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