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Infantino confirmed that the 2022 competition will kick-off on November 21 with the final set for December 18, with leagues around the world given advance notice so they can construct a plan to cope with a long break in the middle of a regular campaign.

Infantino also thanked the government, President Vladimir Putin and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

More than one million foreign fans have visited Russian Federation during the World Cup, according to FIFA figures, and Infantino said preconceived notions of the country had been changed by their positive experiences.

The World Cup has been marred by an estimated 300 cases of sexism on the streets tarnishing an otherwise positive tournament, the head of an anti-discrimination group said on Wednesday.

"Everyone has discovered a lovely country, a welcoming country, full of people who are keen to show to the world that what maybe is sometimes said is not what happens here".

"If you look at the meaning of the word progress, it means making things better, improving them, so the VAR is progress", the Federation Internationale de Football Association boss said at a press conference in Moscow.

The Russian organisers of the 2018 World Cup believe the tournament has changed global perceptions of their country and boosted Russia's belief in itself.

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The World Cup is "not a watershed, not a game changer, but it will be a wonderful memory, something for people to remember when they were happy, when there were so many foreigners in Russian cities and they weren't enemies".

"We've done it with our host broadcast services", he said.

When Argentina defeated France 2-1, if they had closed further back, he might have come forward in the end to show his qualities.

"We are here at the World Cup celebrating football but one of the things we are missing in the world is the chance to speak to each other, to have a dialogue - that is the basis for solving some of the issues".

While retailers and hoteliers tot up the takings from the month, it will take time to study the overall World Cup effect after it filters into official data.

"I think we have done something - we have made a contribution".

Sorokin expanded on this, saying the local organising committee has been working with American consultancy firm McKinsey to assess the World Cup's economic impact on Russian Federation and was bullish on the return on investment.

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