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Fifa has confirmed the draw for the 2018 World Cup is set to take place in the Kremlin on Friday, December 1.
The date was already known but the choice of venue underlines the significance of the World Cup to the Russian government.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kremlin is a fortified complex in the heart of Moscow that contains several cathedrals and palaces, one of which is the official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The draw itself will be staged in the State Kremlin Palace, a building intended to house meetings of the Soviet Union's Communist Party but now used as a concert hall.
In a statement given to Press Association Sport, a Fifa spokesperson said: "Fifa and the local organising committee can confirm that the final draw for the 2018 Fifa World Cup will take place on December 1 in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.
"This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas."
The Scottish Football Association have welcomed the news that the World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.
Scotland, currently ranked 67th in the world, will now have more chance of qualifying for the tournament thanks to the expansion.
The nation last qualified for the World Cup in 1998, and now hope progression to international football's pinnacle is now possible.
We are pleased with the news that the FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 2026.
We believe this is a positive step, particularly for the smaller nations, and will allow more fans across the globe to revel in their country’s participation at a FIFA World Cup Finals. This will also allow these nations to invest further in their footballing infrastructure and youth development, which in turn can yield significant social benefits.
The exploits of Wales, Iceland, and Northern Ireland at EURO 2016 showed what an impact the smaller teams can have, and how beneficial to a tournament their participation can be. A greater eclectic mix of footballing cultures at the FIFA World Cup will create a bigger and better atmosphere than ever before.
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