Superfan spreading soccer spirit ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of worldwide teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.

As well as the relative strength of both teams involved, less importance will be given to friendly games when determining the rankings, while more will be given to the major tournaments.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Robbie Williams will sing at the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Smith will be performing the World Cup's anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.

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Reviled by many soccer fans, Blatter remains a popular figure in Russian Federation after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process in 2010, which also ended with Qatar's securing the rights to hold the tournament in 2022. In the 1990s, Williams was a part of the pop group "Take That".

Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app.

"Even if Salah is at his best, it is going to be hard for Egypt to get out of this group, in their first World Cup since 1990".

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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