KAZAN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Mutko met in Kazan with rectors of the universities which had opened special volunteer centers.
"It is a very important meeting. Rectors of 15 universities which opened volunteer centers were invited. I thanked them. The volunteer program will be closed before the end of December. It is difficult to say how many volunteers there will be. We already received 152,000 applications from 189 countries for the volunteer work, 60 percent of which are from women," Mutko said.
FIFA Confederations Cup is conducted in the host country one year prior to FIFA World Cup as a rehearsal for the larger tournament. Six football associations along with the hosting team and FIFA World Cup holder participate in the competition.
The quadrennial football tournament will take place between June 17 and July 2, 2017 as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Volgograd.