No British Referees, Assistants to participate at FIFA World Cup 2018

No British Referees, Assitants to participate at FIFA World Cup 2018

As the FIFA World Cup 2018 is approaching closer, each and every day the tournament is covered with news and interesting facts. According to the latest news, it is confirmed that there will be no British referees, assistants to participate at FIFA World Cup 2018 Football tournament. This will be happening for the first time since 80 years.

No British Referees, Assistants to participate at FIFA World Cup 2018
No British Referees, Assistants to participate at FIFA World Cup 2018

This comes after Britain said it will not send ministers or members of the royal family in delegations to the World Cup, blaming Russia for the chemical poisoning of a former Russian double agent in the English city of Salisbury this month.

The reason behind British referees not participating into the event is the diplomatic tussle between the two countries which could account for the historic development as it could add more tensions between the two countries ahead of the World Cup tournament.

The officials from the World Soccer’s ruling body FIFA have confirmed the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees from 46 Countries. But there will be no referees from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This is for the first time, Video Assistant referees will be used at the tournament which is scheduled to be played from June 14th 2018.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) boss Mike Riley also commented to Sky Sports Television “It is a disappointment, because we pride ourselves on the international games that our referees have had over the years”.

“At the time Mark left for Saudi Arabia, there were actually no competitions left to train the referees, so there was no opportunity to replace him with another English referee”.

Howard Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, was the sole English referee that year and in Brazil in 2014.

George Reader in 1950, William Ling in 1954 and Jack Taylor in 1974 were the three Englishmen to refer the finals of the world cup tournament.

Almost 1.7 Million FIFA World Cup 2018 Tickets sold in new phase!

Almost 1.7 Million FIFA World Cup 2018 Tickets sold in new phase!

The much awaited football event of the year FIFA World Cup 2018 is all set to begin its extravaganza within few months. Fans are eagerly waiting for the tournament to begin as this time it will be hosted by Russia from 14th of June 2018. FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage draw has already been finalized and total final 8 groups with 4 teams each will clash against each other. As only 72 days are remaining for the onset of this grand tournament, another ticket sales period commenced recently.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Tickets
FIFA World Cup 2018 Tickets

The ticket window for the upcoming world cup event was opened on the first come, first served sales window. The second window of the sales phase was closed on 3rd April where total of 3,94,433 tickets were allocated to the fans from all across the world in a real time on FIFA World Cup official website The tickets for the tournament final and the group stage clash between Argentina and Iceland which are scheduled on July 15 and June 16 were exempted from the online sales.

The host country Russia dominated in the ticket sales buying 2,16,134 tickets, which were followed from the non-qualified countries United States (16,462), Argentina (15,006), Colombia (14,755) and Mexico (14,372).

Category four tickets, reserved exclusively for residents of Russia, were also available during the second sales phase. FIFA allocated 350,000 tickets for the tournament’s host nation, and Russian citizens will be able to visit World Cup matches at the lowest prices. The cheapest category four tickets for group stage matches cost 1,280 rubles ($22), while tickets for the semi-finals were available at the price of 4,480 rubles ($78).

The next sales window for the FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament will be opened on April 18 at 12:00 Moscow time, during which fans will get another chance to grab the remaining tickets.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Online Ticket Booking

  1. Fans may purchase tickets through online mode.
  2. Tickets can be purchase by using visa payment cards or Visa Checkout, as visa is the official payment service partner of FIFA.
  3. Tickets purchased during sales phase 1 and 1 will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament.
  4. The deliveries are planned to begin from April/ May 2018.
  5. Anyone planning to attend FIFA World Cup 2018 Matches are required to apply for a FAN ID.
  6. FAN ID is the official identity document issued to fans by FIFA Authorities.
  7. FAN ID and a valid world cup ticket are mandatory for the fans to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup Stadiums.
  8. FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on match days.
  9. For more details and information please visit