FIFA has opend the accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, which will be conducted at an event inside the concert hall at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on 1 December 2017, has been launched via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 15 October 2017.
Media accreditation for written press and photographers will be managed through the FIFA Media Channel. In order to facilitate the coverage of media events during the days preceding the draw, applications via the FIFA Media Channel are also accepted from non-rights holders (NRHs, media entities that have not acquired the rights for the broadcast coverage of the event).
Please note that on the draw day, NRHs will have access to the Media Centre but will not be able to bring any recording/audiovisual equipment into the venue and will not have access to any activities taking place on site (including the actual draw ceremony and the mixed zone).
There is a separate accreditation process for FIFA Media Rights Licensees (MRLs) that is serviced by the FIFA Broadcaster Servicing team. A specific MRL link for the online accreditation registration will be made available to the MRLs by the FIFA Broadcaster Servicing team.
Please note that approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation. Media accreditation for any FIFA event requires the completion of an accreditation form that can be accessed from the FIFA Media Channel.
An additional accreditation window will be opened to media from the countries that qualify in the play-off matches to be played in mid-November.
All applications are subject to confirmation, and will not be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for obtaining their own visas. There will be a dedicated visa process for media that will be communicated to all approved applicants.
More information, including a selection of media hotels, can be found on the FIFA Media Channel.
A media centre will be installed in the Kremlin Palace, opening on Tuesday, 28 November. Media activities are planned on Wednesday and Thursday with more details to follow in due course. The Final Draw event on Friday will be followed by a mixed zone.