President Donald Trump is promising soccer's global governing body that foreign teams, officials and fans will be able to travel to the USA for the 2026 World Cup if North America wins the bid to host the tournament.
Blatter, who led world soccer's governing body for 17 years, was suspended from the sport for six years for ethics violations in 2015 amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake Federation Internationale de Football Association.
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Meanwhile, Russia's 17,000-member police trade union has warned that overstretched police staffing at the tournament could lead to "grave consequences" for overall security.
Federation Internationale de Football Association says it approved a new formula which rewards teams for playing more games, and it takes effect in the post-World Cup ranking on July 19.
Reuters contributed reporting to this article. It's the opener of the tournament, which means it'll probably be the most watched game involving these two teams in Group A. The host nation and Saudi Arabia will battle for three vital points, with the group's second match between Uruguay and Egypt arriving on Friday.
Global music icon Robbie Williams will entertain the stadium crowd and the millions watching around the world, with celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina joining him during the musical extravaganza.
Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance". The number of people who turned up to watch Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches.
A south American team has never won the World Cup in Europe, while Germany are aiming to be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.
"The world is seeing that Saudi Arabia's identity is slowly evolving and the World Cup only adds to all the efforts that the world is seeing from Saudi Arabia".
The opening ceremony will take place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.