Environmental activists in Kazan said Wednesday that they were detained by police as they planned a protest before the Confederations Cup draw.
Officials overseeing World Cup preparations in the southern Russian city of Sochi say construction work on the city's stadium has finished on time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised FIFA that a much-delayed stadium in St. Petersburg will be ready in time to host Confederations Cup.
After campaigning for a 40-team World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is now leaning toward an even bigger expansion to 48.
Former U.S. manager Bob Bradley hopes President-elect Donald Trump discards "divisive and ugly" tactics to help America's World Cup hosting bids.
Marcello Nicchi, the president of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA), believes VAR could be introduced into Serie A next season.