Moscow, Aug 31 (IANS) The fourth operational visit of the delegation of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to Russian stadiums hosting matches of the 2018 World Cup will take place during September 7-15.

The first operational visit of the FIFA delegation took place in October 2014, the second in September, 2015 and the third in April, 2016, reports Tass.

“Within the framework of the visit, to be held September 7-15, the delegation will visit stadiums in five cities-organisers of the 2018 World Cup matches — in Moscow (Luzhniki stadium), Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad,” said a news release of the Russia 2018 organising committee on Tuesday.

“In Kaliningrad, with the help of a virtual tour and presentations, the delegation will also get familiarised with renewed operational plans of the remaining World Cup arenas in Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Moscow (Spartak stadium), Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Sochi,” it said.

“The delegation will be led by Russia 2018 organising committee’s general director Alexey Sorokin and FIFA’s director of competitions Colin Smith. The visit aims to discuss work at stadiums during events,” the release added.

Russia is currently in full swing for the 2017 Confederations Cup preparations, often considered a test event for venues hosting World Cup matches.

The Confederations Cup will be held next year between June 17 and July 1 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in Russia’s capital Moscow.

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