193 fifa's medical committee also decided that Russian personnel would not be involved in performing drug testing procedures at the tournament; the action was taken to reassure teams that the samples would remain untampered. "Organising Committee for the fifa WorldCup extends its responsibilities to cover 20". "Will VAR improve the World Cup?". "The border between Europe and Asia". Retrieved "Players: Goals scored". Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both, iceland and, panama made their first appearances at a fifa World Cup. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Is Russia the real winner of World Cup 2018?". 180 Prize money Prize money amounts were announced in October 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on "World Cup 2018: Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi 'banned over match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia. Retrieved "Match report Group H Colombia v Japan" (PDF). 34 This was different from previous draws, when only pot 1 was based on fifa rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations. "World Cup 2018: Life inside the England bubble what they can expect in Repino". 36 For players named in the 35-player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and, except for those involved in the 2018 uefa Champions League Final played on 26 May.