December 19, 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15.

Confirming the tournament dates Friday, the FIFA executive committee agreed that the opening match will be played on a Thursday, June 14.

The 2018 World Cup officially kicks off next March, with the first of more than 800 qualifying matches. FIFA says it agreed that some preliminary-round matches will start then in the Asian and CONCACAF regions.

The main qualifying matches and groups will be drawn next July 25 in St. Petersburg.

FIFA also confirmed the June 17-July 2 dates for the 2017 Confederations Cup warm-up tournament.

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