Final draw for World Cup in Russian Federation to be held in Kremlin

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The 2018 World Cup draw will be staged on December 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow.

The draw itself will be staged in the State Kremlin Palace, a building meant to house meetings of the Soviet Union's Communist Party but now used as a concert hall.

"This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many global and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas".

Russia's under-fire senior football powerbroker Vitaly Mutko, allegedly caught up in the country's damning doping scandal, reportedly ignored a private request from FIFA president Gianni Infantino to withdraw from the spotlight.

The date of the final draw is exactly one year after the first batch of tickets were released for general sale on December 1, 2016, with the deadline to buy tickets running until January 19.

Mutko, however, has always denied any wrongdoing, blaming others further down the chain of command, and told TASS the British newspaper report was "silly" and remains on good terms with Infantino.

While the United States men's national team still has a lot of work to do to make sure they'll be a part of that draw, expectations are that they'll find their way there once the dust has settled in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The World Cup in Russia kicks off on June 14, 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, and returns there for the final on July 15.

Russian Federation is now in full-swing preparations for the global football tournaments after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010.