It's never too early to start planning ahead for the 2018 World Cup.
Although it remains well over four years away, the event moved one step closer to happening following the draw for the 32-team field at the 2014 World Cup.
In order to prepare for 2018, here's a quick look at some of the basic information you'll need to know.
Date: June 8 to July 8, 2018
TV: Fox (United States); BBC and ITV (United Kingdom)
|Nizhni Novgorod||Nizhni Novgorod Stadium|
|Saint Petersburg||Zenit Arena|
|Sochi||Fisht Olympic Stadium|
Looking ahead to the 2018 is tough, as we have no idea how things will unfold between now and the first kick in Russia.
It took four years from Italy to go from world champions to a squad incapable of advancing to the group stage. France had a similar meltdown during the same time period despite making the final in 2006.
Conversely, Uruguay failed to qualify for the 2006 edition but finished a game short of the final in 2010.
Who knows what the future holds?
Maybe Spain struggle in Brazil and run into the same problems Italy did in 2010, when they relied one too many times on the aging players who had won in the past and had to start all over again. Emerging sides like Colombia and Belgium could possibly have asserted themselves as genuine favorites off the strength of good showings in 2014.
There are also hosts Russia to consider. Players like Alan Dzagoev, Georgi Schennikov, Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Kokorin will all be entering into their respective primes. Playing in front of raucous home crowds, the Russians will be poised for a deep run.
Four-plus years may seem like a long time, but it isn't, especially in international football. In addition, there are only a few years before the 2016 European Championship is over and qualification for Russia begins.
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