U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer Communications – 2018 FIFA World Cup Media Credentials

The media credential process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will remain the same as in years past. U.S. Soccer will work with FIFA to process credential requests on behalf of U.S.-based media looking to cover the tournament. Factors that will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, size and reach of outlet and consistency of coverage of the sport in the United States.

U.S. Soccer will review applications through our online system and inform media if they have been approved, declined or waitlisted for a credential shortly after the FIFA World Cup Draw, which will take place Dec. 1 in Moscow.

U.S. Soccer is allocated a very limited amount of accreditations and is authorized to process media credential applications for the following:

  • U.S.-based written and photographers
  • Internet journalists and photographers for local and national websites
  • Freelance media

More detailed information on the various accreditation categories for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is below.

Media can access the online application via the link below. The deadline to apply for credentials is Friday Nov. 24, 2017. Please be advised the deadline will be strictly enforced.

2018 FIFA World Cup Media Credential Application - CLOSED ON FRIDAY, NOV. 24

In order to be taken into consideration, all media must provide accurate information on their assigning editor or producer.  Applications that do not provide a valid website, valid email address and a valid phone number will not be considered.


  • Nov. 3: Media credential application OPENS
  • Nov. 24: Media credential applications CLOSES
  • Dec. 1-8: Media will be informed if their application was approved, declined or waitlisted


All media approved for 2018 FIFA World Cup credentials by U.S. Soccer will then submit the formal credential application through the FIFA Media Channel. Media must have a valid FIFA Media Channel account in order to submit this application. U.S. Soccer strongly suggests opening an account at FIFA.com at your earliest opportunity. Media who have not yet registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so here: http://media.fifa.com/registration

Please note that receiving approval for a FIFA Media Account DOES NOT indicate approval for a World Cup credential.

Please note that due to a high volume of applications to the FIFA Media Channel, it could take several weeks for you to receive status notification.


The following categories should apply through U.S. Soccer:

Written Press
Journalists who write for newspapers, magazines and other printed publications

Photographers who shoot for newspapers, magazines and other printed publications

Internet Journalists/Photographers
Journalists and photographers who work for local or national websites or online editions of a newspaper or magazine

Freelance Media
Credentials for freelance media will be limited. If planning to write for multiple outlets, that information must be provided on your application.

The following categories should apply through FIFA:

International and National News and Photo Agencies
In the case of national and international agencies whether they are still image or journalistic they will go through directly FIFA. Examples include: Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg and Getty Images.

Radio and Television Non-Rights Holders
Non-rights holders (NRHs) are radio and television companies without broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. For contractual reasons, and due to limited space, FIFA may decide, at its own discretion, not to credential any non-rights holders. Non-rights holders should apply for credentials directly through the FIFA Media Channel.

Media Rights Holders
Media right holders are radio, television, mobile and broadband rights holders. FIFA TV Services is directly responsible for Media rights holders. The FIFA Broadcaster Servicing team is in contact with the rights holders and will keep them informed on the credential procedure and timeline.