Task Force Russia 2018


Dutch Sports Infrastructure is working on a bilateral program with Russia, Task Force Russia 2018. Task Force Russia 2018 will be developed to stimulate exchange of information on the developments of Russian cities for the Fifa World Cup 2018. Task Force Qatar Russia 2018 is being developed been developed together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Mocsow. Dutch Sports Infrastructure aims to sign an Memorandum of Understanding during the Netherlands-Russia bilateral year 2013.

Russia is a known force in today’s world economy. The country is home to 150 million citizens. Spanning nine time zones, Russia is the largest country on earth in terms of surface area, although large tracts in the north and east are inhospitable and sparsely populated. The country is currently preparing itself for the World Cup 2018, which is being held all over “European Russia”.

In order to manage the construction progress more accurately the Russian government has decided to divide the host cities into separate cluster, namely;

  • Moscow — Central Cluster
  • St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad– Northern Cluster
  • Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd — Volga Cluster
  • Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi– Southern Cluster

Running up to the WC 2018, local organizing committees have assigned a budget to each cluster in Russia. Seventeen billion euros will be allocated in order to facilitate construction activities on highways, airport construction and  stadium construction. Tenders are to be announced for a number of projects in these construction activities.

Stadium overview

Twelve stadiums need to be produced in accordance with the FIFA requirements. Of these stadiums, two will be going through renovation procedures, while ten have to be built from scratch. All stadiums have already been designed and awaiting implementation. Most chances lie in the Volga cluster, with three stadiums (Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod) still in the designing phase and awaiting implementation from 2013 through 2017.

Road construction

At the end of 2011, Russia’s road network consisted of 903,000 km of public roads, of which about 800,000 km was hard surfaced. With only 5.6 km of hard-surface roads per 1,000 people, Russia has one of the least developed road networks in the world. However, this situation will improve considerably in the years to come as a result of impressive multi-trillion rouble investments being pumped in road construction initiatives. The State Company Avtodor is burdened with managing investment activities in order to attract additional investment capital to the industry, develop the  financial base to improve construction volumes and raise the standards of the road quality.
The planned volume of investment in State Company Avtodor projects for 2010-2019 is 1393 billion roubles, of which 1024 billion roubles (or 73.5% of investments) are subsidies from the federal budget and the Investment Fund of the Russian Federation and 368 billion roubles (or 26.5% of investments) are extra-budgetary funds raised.

Airport Construction

All airports will be going through construction and renovation operations, running up to the WC 2018.
Airports will play a critical role in Russia’s overall transportation system during the 2018 World Cup. Most of the airports in the host cities are inadequate both in terms of airport size and infrastructure (terminal capacity and runway). Only the airports in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Yekaterinburg and Rostov-on-Don could handle the passenger capacity expected during the World Cup


There are some major construction project planned, running up to the WC 2018. Most noticeably are construction operations of two speed rail lines: Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod-Kazan-Yekaterinburg and Moscow-Kharkov-Rostov-on-Don-Krasnodar-Adler.
The estimated cost (in 2010 prices) of construction of the first line is RUB 76.8bn (€ 1.9 bn), the second totalling RUB 210bn (€5.22 bn). Thus, the cost of preparing the railway infrastructure for the sporting event will be RUB 286.8bn (€7.1bn), these projects being expected to be financed through the federal budget.

Safety & Security

Russia has submitted comprehensive and well-structured information which demonstrates an understanding of event security requirements and practices. The bid book presents a security concept which aims to ensure football remains at the centre of attention. Further information on details of implementation by the Bid Committee will follow shortly.