FIFA officials visited Kazan Arena on Saturday as part of a third round of stadium readiness inspections for the World Cup.

Accompanied by the chief of Russia’s Local Organising Committee Alexei Sorokin, Chief Competitions and Events Officer Colin Smith expressed his satisfaction with the state of the stadium and progress of preparations for the tournament.

Members of the Local Organising Committee together with the FIFA delegation toured the arena which has hosted the 2017 Confederations Cup, checking if it corresponds to the FIFA World Cup standards, which are higher than those of the regular club soccer ones.

Kazan Arena, which was opened in 2013, is one of Russia’s biggest stadiums. The venue will host six World Cup matches including a quarter-final.

Russia is set to host the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.