Friday 25 November 2016, 10:28

The Russia 2017 Official Draw in numbers

Eight teams, 16 matches and one champion: those are three well-known facts about the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017. When it comes to the Official Draw, however, there are a few statistics that you might not be so familiar with, such as how many volunteers will be on duty in Kazan, how many coaches will be in attendance and how many performers will be treading the stage. As the countdown to the draw continues, reveals the answers to those questions and more.

2 groups will be drawn, with the top two teams in each section advancing to the semi-finals. The tournament will take place over 16 days (from 17 June to 2 July) and will feature 16 matches in total.

3 sporting celebrities will be taking part in the Official Draw, each performing different roles: Julio Baptista, a FIFA Confederations Cup winner with Brazil in 2005 and 2009, will carry the trophy on to the stage, while two-time Olympic gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva and five-time Russian Premier League winner Sergey Semak will assist with the draw.

7 national team coaches will present at the draw, to be held at the Kazan Tennis Academy: Ange Postecoglou (Australia), Juan Antonio Pizzi (Chile), Joachim Low (Germany), Juan Carlos Osorio (Mexico), Anthony Hudson (New Zealand), Fernando Santos (Portugal) and Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia).

8 teams will feature in the draw, though we only know the names of seven of them: Australia, Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia. Africa’s representative will be decided on 5 February 2017.

11 countries are represented in the team of 270 volunteers that will be on duty at the event in Kazan.

40 minutes: the duration of the draw show, which is scheduled to start at 18:00 local time (16:00 CET). Hosting the event will be Yana Churikova and Andrey Malakhov, while FIFA Deputy Secretary General for Football Zvonimir Boban and FIFA’s Chief Competitions & Events Officer Colin Smith will conduct the Draw itself.

87 performers will bring colour, music and dance to the stage. Joining them will be Victoria Lopyreva, an official ambassador for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Host City Rostov-on-Don.

150 people will be providing transport and interpreting services at the event. Translations will be provided in FIFA’s four official languages (English, Spanish, German and French) and in Russian.

249 members of the press will be covering the Official Draw, 154 of them representing international organisations. The event will be broadcast to more than 150 countries and will be streamed live on and FIFA on YouTube (with the exception of Russia).

540 guests will attend the draw, 40 of them delegates representing the teams who have qualified for the Tournament of Champions.

3,300 square metres: the size of the area where the draw will be held, the same size as the media centre. Situated nine kilometres from the centre of the city, the Kazan Tennis Academy is equipped with 280 waste baskets, the contents of which will be recycled afterwards.