FIFA has today confirmed the list of Team Base Camps (TBCs) of the 32 teams that will participate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.
The TBCs will be the teams’ headquarters during the tournament and all of them will include a hotel and training site located a short distance from each other. They will also be approximately an hour's drive from an airport capable of landing medium-sized aircraft. A total of 123 visits were made by the various team delegations to the proposed TBCs during the selection process.
During the group stage of the competition, all teams will stay and train between matches in their TBCs, three of which are located in Tatarstan: FC Rubin First Team Training Ground (Kazan), HC Ak Bars Training Base (Kazan), mountain skiing sport-sanitary complex Kazan (Savino village, Verkhneuslon district). From there the teams will travel to the Host City of their respective match, where they will have the opportunity to train in a Venue-Specific Training Site (VSTS). In principle, all teams should stay in the VSTH the nights before and after the match in question.
Following the group stage, the teams that advance to the next rounds will have the option to remain using their TBCs or move from Host City to Host City, depending on where their matches take place.
As from five days before the respective team’s first match in the FIFA World Cup™, with the sole exception of official training sessions in a stadium, each team should only use the official training sites allocated to it for training sessions or preparation matches. All teams are expected to arrive in the host country at least five days before their first match.
The full list of Team Base Camps, as well as further background details, can be found below.
(Photo: Team Portugal training in the run-up to the FIFA Confederations Cup at the FC Rubin First Team Training Ground, chosen as Base Camps by team Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™).