The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. "Russia and Qatar may lose World Cups if evidence of bribery is found". 53 Most cities are in European Russia, while Sochi 54 and Yekaterinburg 55 are very closeto the Europe-Asia border, to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. "Organising Committee for fifa Competitions: Updates on the fifa World Cup and women's tournaments". 30 Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the fifa World Rankings at the time of the tournament. Archived from the original on Retrieved "fifa and Anheuser-Busch InBev announce fifa World Cup sponsorship for 2018 / 2022". "Greg Dyke: FA demands full report findings into World Cup corruption". 46 Systems are in place for communicating VAR-related information to broadcasters and visuals on stadiums' large screens are used for the fans in attendance. "Russia on track for World Cup 2018, say fifa inspectors". 228 229 Additionally, the Football Federation of Ukraine refused to accredit journalists for the World Cup and waived their" of tickets. "FBI investigating Fifa's awarding of 20 World Cups report". Retrieved "Match report Group D Nigeria v Argentina" (PDF). 52 Venues Further information: 2018 fifa World Cup venues Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg. 5 6, the finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically.