Celebration of football: Moscow hosts Confederations Cup

Celebration of football: Moscow hosts Confederations Cup
Moscow has summed up the results of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Read about preparations for the international tournament, international visitors and hotel and public transit operation during the matches.

The Confederations Cup was a remarkable international event both for Muscovites and the city’s guests. Spartak Stadium hosted four matches, two of which were completely sold out. Around 42,759 people were at the game between Russia and Portugal. A hundred less, exactly 42,659 spectators, attended the bronze medal match (Portugal vs Mexico). Football fans bought up the tickets fast even though they knew that the tournament’s star Cristiano Ronaldo would not be on the field.

We have visited Moscow before. It’s a wonderful city. The Confederations Cup was very well organised in Russia. The stadiums are really great. I like it that football fans here are very emotional. We were supported not only by Mexican fans but also by the locals. I want to thank them for this. The World Cup in Russia will be up to highest standards, just like this tournament. (Mexico’s head coach Juan Carlos Osorio)

During the qualification matches, Cameroon vs Chile and Chile vs Australia, the stadium was 75 percent full, with 33,492 and 33,639 spectators respectively. Therefore, the average attendance at Spartak was 89 percent.

Over half of Spartak Stadium spectators (53 percent) were Muscovites and 38 percent were visitors from Russian regions. Nine percent of the football fans travelled from other countries. After the Russian national team, Chile’s team had the strongest support in Moscow. More than four thousand fans arrived from this South American country.

By coin toss, it was Chile that played two group stage matches in the capital. South America’s champions and future Confederations Cup finalists picked the field of the Department of Sports and Tourism’s Strogino team in Rublyovo for their training sessions. Strogino players also took part in the training sessions.

We are very grateful for such nicely organised events and security during the Confederations Cup. We know that due to events in Europe additional efforts are required for ensuring security. Thank you to the guys from Strogino who took part in our training. Even world stars like Vidal and Sanchez were glad to play with them and appreciated their support. We enjoyed a warm welcome in Moscow and in Russia in general. Logistics were excellent. It was comfortable to both play and train. (Chilean Football Federation President Arturo Salah Cassani)

Security and public order

No incidents were reported during the Moscow matches, including no clashes between football fans in the stands or around the stadiums. Security and public order at every match were provided by 1,350 police officers (including 420 Interior Ministry academy students), 1,300 National Guard officers, 1,150 ushers, 400 private security agency employees and 200 members of voluntary public order squads. One hundred fourteen members from Emergencies Ministry rescue teams worked at Spartak Stadium.

Between 2015 and 2017, 16 inspections were carried out ahead of the tournament at stadiums, training grounds and ticket offices. A special 24/7 fast response public service centre also operated in Moscow. Additional security measures were taken at 62 metro stations with the largest passenger traffic.

In addition to preparations for Spartak Stadium, significant improvements were made to the surrounding area. Volokolamskoye Motorway was renovated, with two new underground pedestrian crossings and additional parking. In the run-up to the tournament, 35 hectares of turf were laid around the stadium.

Comfortable accommodations

Moscow hotels were almost sold out during the Confederations Cup. “Due to the Confederations Cup, hotels in the city were in high demand. They were 90 percent full, which is a very high figure for the city. It was 10 to 15 percent higher than in June 2016. This experience in accommodating football fans and FIFA delegations during the tournament will be helpful in preparing the hotel infrastructure for the World Cup,” Nikolai Gulyayev, Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism, commented.

The majority of spectators booked hostels and budget hotels (1 to 3 stars). The national teams and FIFA delegations stayed at four- and five-star hotels.

Around 1,086 Moscow hotels and hostels were rated prior to the international competitions. Five stars were given to 30 hotels, four stars to 82 hotels, three stars to 212 hotels. There are also 110 two-star and 46 one-star hotels in Moscow. A “no-star” rating was given to 606 hotels.


Moscow public transit during the Confederations Cup successfully handled the workload and operated without major delays. Football fans benefited from 320,000 free rides. The metro proved to be the most popular mode of transport and was used over 215,000 times, while the Moscow Central Circle was used more than 21,000 times.

Football fans used public transit 120,000 times, volunteers over 173,000 and accredited FIFA representatives over 26,000. For the latter, free rides were available for one week after the cup matches, and for volunteers four weeks.

During the matches on 18 June, 21 June, 25 June and 2 July, Passenger Mobility Centre workers, volunteers and security officers were on duty at all metro and MCC stations.

More than 51,000 passengers benefited from free transit by bus, trolleybus and tram. Mosgortrans organised three shuttle routes, the M3 from Aeroport and Sokol metro stations to Spartak Stadium, the M4 from Sheremetyevo Airport to Spartak Stadium, and the M7 from Domodedovo Airport to Domodedovskaya metro station. Nineteen designated shuttle services were available to football fans free of charge.

Tournament spectators, volunteers and accredited FIFA representatives travelled by Aeroexpress train over 14,000 times and by commuter train over 17,000 times.

To be entitled to free rides, passengers had to produce tickets and Fan ID cards (for spectators) or special travel cards and accreditation documents (for volunteers and FIFA representatives).

All systems ready

The Confederations Cup’s success proves that the capital is ready for the next major sport event, the FIFA World Cup. “It was a huge experience in terms of organisation. We are ready to do our best to ensure excellence during the World Cup,” Nikolai Gulyayev stressed.

He added that Moscow’s part of the tournament was up to highest standards, which was repeatedly noted by football fans, FIFA delegations, the national teams and officials. “We will take into account any issues revealed during the Confederations Cup, make any necessary adjustments and raise the bar for the World Cup,” he noted.

For example, the city will continue to license taxi companies for the Mundial. There were five official companies during the Confederations Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino also regarded the arrangements during the Confederations Cup very highly. “The tournament in Russia was very well organised. I had an opportunity to see the full picture. All stadiums are excellent and beautiful. The audience was abundant. Everything was well organised,” he said.

After the tournament was over, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura also shared her impression of visitor responses. “People were leaving the Cup saying it was the best Confederations Cup in history.”