However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each group.From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 4 June.The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting.
For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017.
The final took place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, between France and Croatia.
France won the match 4–2 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team.
Players in the final squad may be replaced for serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match and such replacements do not need to have been named in the preliminary squad.
along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-Shalwai.