FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 (RUSSIA) NEWS - 1



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Kia Motors India selects 2 kids as Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) for 2018 FIFA World Cup

07.05.2018: FIFA MEDIA RELEASE : For any football fan, especially a kid there is nothing more worthwhile than living their passion in Mecca of football - the FIFA World Cup.

Kia Motors India is turning this dream into a reality for passionate Indian kids by taking them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ as Official Match Ball Carriers. The unique initiative, brought to India for the first time by Kia Motors, FIFA’s official partner, will see six lucky children getting shortlisted and becoming part of the world’s largest sporting extravaganza. India's football captain Sunil Chhetri conducted the selection trials in New Delhi on Sunday and was delighted to see so much passion for the game in the country.

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The OMBC initiative was launched on April 10 in India, inviting footballers in the age-group of 10 to 14, to showcase their skills and win a chance to go to Russia as OMBC. Each aspiring kid’s guardian was required to post a short video of their son or daughter in action on the official site, based on which 50 talented kids were invited to Delhi for the final selections.Six of them will eventually be shortlisted for the trips, with two of them going as OMBC and four as spectators.

A total of 64 children from across the world are selected to be Official Match Ball Carriers, with the lucky ones marching into the stadium and handing over the official ball before each match during the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The 50 eager kids, who were accompanied by their parents, left no stone unturned to showcase their skills and impress the country’s best footballer ever. The excitement was palpable as kids were tested on their footballing skills, their agility, attitude and confidence too.

Each kid had to demonstrate his ‘dribbling’, ‘juggling’ and ‘shooting’ skills and also had to answer a set of sports-related questions. There was fun, excitement and rivalry in the air as the parents cheered their children and encouraged them to win that ticket to Russia. The six chosen children will be introduced to India and the world at a glittering press conference later this month.

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RUSSIAN RAILWAYS AS OFFICIAL EUROPIAN SUPPORTERS OF THE WORLD CUP

07.05.2018: FIFA MEDIA RELEASE : With just a bit more than a months to go to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the line-up of the event’s regional supporters has been strengthened by a company that is already providing a great deal of services for fans attending the matches. Russian Railways has been announced as Official European Supporter of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, joining Alfa-Bank and Rostelecom in receiving brand association rights for the region.

The agreement was signed by Oleg Belozerov, General Director and Chairman of the Board of JSC Russian Railways, Philippe Le Floc'h, FIFA Chief Commercial Officer and Iain Downie, FIFA Director of Marketing Sales and Strategy.

Russian Railways will play a key role in the transportation operation around the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches. Fans have already booked half of the 440,000 seats available free of charge for ticket holders traveling between the Host Cities. In total, 728 additional long-distance trips on 31 routes have been scheduled between the opening and final matches. The free tickets can be ordered at tickets.transport2018.com and applicants should have purchased match tickets and registered for a Fan ID.

Russian Railways is also responsible for operating the 31 train stations located in all 11 Host Cities, which are currently being prepared to receive the guests in a safe and comfortable way.


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FIFA APPOINTED 13 VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE FOR RUSSIA - 2018
05.05.2018: FIFA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 13 Referees, who will act solely as Video Assistant Referees (VARS)during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The selection criteria for theVideo Assistant Referees was primarily based on their experience as Video Match Officials in their respective National Associations and Confederation competitions, in addition to their successful participation in several preparatory seminars and FIFA competitions, where they enhanced their VAR knowledge and skills by using the system.

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During the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the 13 selected Video Match Officials will be appointed in each match.

In addition to the 13 Video Assistant Referees, some of the Referees and Assistant Referees who were selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (see list published on 29 March using the link below) will also act as Video Match Officials during FIFA’s main competition. These appointments will be made before the matches.