The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in the summer of 2018 in Russia.
There is no bigger sporting event on earth than football’s quadrennial international championship, which draws more television viewers than even the Olympic Games.
And the 2018 tournament is particularly notable for being the last before the current World Cup status quo becomes a distant memory.
In 2022, the trophy will head to Asia for a controversial tournament in Qatar that will be the first to be played outside of the European summer due to concerns over the country’s climate.
After that, the World Cup ill complete its expansion – opposed by many fans – to 48 teams and is likely to be held across three countries for the first time in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.
In the much more immediate future, though, the best players and countries in world football will head to Russia hoping to be crowned world champions. Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 tournament.