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Breaking down the top uncommitted recruits in the class of 2018

  • As the 2018 recruiting cycle kicks into high gear, it's time to look ahead to the next signing day. Where will the class's top uncommitted prospects play in college?

It’s still early in the 2018 recruiting cycle, but not as early as it has been in previous years. The implementation of a December signing period means rising senior prospects will be able to ink a National Letter of Intent before Christmas Day (December 20–22). Many recruits will wait for the traditional date on the first Wednesday of February, but a sizable portion should be off the board before the calendar flips to 2018.

While there’s still a lot of time for prospects to sort out which program is an optimal fit for them, the best ones have been listening to pitches from coaches for months. By now, if they don’t know where they’re going for sure, they probably have a short list of options. With full recognition that these players can and probably will change their minds several times over the next few months, SI.com is breaking down the recruitments of the top 10 uncommitted prospects in the class of 2018, according to Scout.com.

Micah Parsons

Scout 300 rank: 2

Position: Defensive end

Position rank: 1

High school: Harrisburg (Pa.)

Parsons became the first member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class in February 2016 by issuing a verbal commitment. More than a year later, the Nittany Lions have been reduced to co-contender status with eight other programs. Last week Parsons released a list of nine composed of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State. When Parsons reneged on his pledge to the Nittany Lions in April, he said he felt as if he “committed too soon.” Another Big Ten title, one presumes, would make the Nittany Lions more attractive at a much later stage of Parsons’s recruitment, and it would come at the expense of three of his other finalists (the Wolverines, Buckeyes and Cornhuskers).

Patrick Surtain

Scout 300 rank: 3

Position rank: 1

High school: American Heritage (Fla.)

It’s safe to assume Surtain won’t be following in the footsteps of his father, an 11-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl defensive back, in playing his college football at Southern Miss. Surtain said in interviews last month that LSU is leading his recruitment but that he’s also considering several other Power 5 powers, including local programs Florida State, Florida and Miami. Reports also indicated Surtain plans to release a top five at some point before making his decision. Plucking Surtain out of South Florida would be a coup for the Tigers, but it’s clear head coach Ed Orgeron and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond will have no shortage of competition to pull that off.

Zamir White

Scout 300 rank: 5

Position: Running back

Position rank: 1

High school: Scotland (N.C.)

Clemson already has the top quarterback in the class of 2018, Cartersville (Ga.) High’s Trevor Lawrence, on board. Soon it could add the class’s top running back. White reportedly plans to reveal his choice at the end of June, and he listed the Tigers in his top four in February along with Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. The Bulldogs are pushing hard for White and definitely could use a pledge from a prospect of his caliber, given they currently count only three commitments in their 2018 class. White would be a huge pickup for Georgia as it moves on from senior backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel next off-season, though the Bulldogs did nab D'Andre Swift, the No. 4 running back recruit in the class of 2017.

Jamaree Salyer

Scout 300 rank: 7

Position: Offensive guard

Position rank: 1

High school: Pace (Ga.)

Georgia signed six offensive linemen as part of its 2017 recruiting class, but none of them were as highly regarded as the five-star it is a strong contender to add in its 2018 class. Salyer leads all offensive linemen in the 2018 Scout 300. But keeping the guard in the Peach State won’t be easy. He’s mentioned Ohio State, Stanford and Clemson as other programs he’s focusing on, and he reportedly has visited each one unofficially. Salyer is not expected to reveal his intentions soon, so that group definitely could change during his senior season at Pace. Still, expect the Bulldogs to press hard for his commitment up until decision day.

Anthony Cook

Scout 300 rank: 8

Position rank: 2

High school: Lamar (Texas)

Only two of the top 10 prospects from Texas in the class of 2017 signed with an in-state program. As the Lone Star State’s highest-ranked recruit in the class of 2018, Cook will have plenty of out-of-state programs ready to welcome him with open arms if he decides to leave home. Conversely, he could elect to join four-star Steele (Texas) High safety Caden Sterns as a blue-chip defensive back in head coach Tom Herman’s first full class at Texas. Cook included the Longhorns on the list of 10 he unveiled in April. Other programs that made the cut: Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.

Tyreke Johnson

Scout 300 rank: 9

Position rank: 3

High school: Trinity Christian (Fla.)

Johnson is the younger brother of former Florida State (and current Florida Atlantic) quarterback De’Andre Johnson, who was dismissed from the Seminoles in July 2015 after allegedly punching a woman at a bar. It seems more likely Tyreke Johnson will pick a different program in the Sunshine State, Florida, than the two De’Andre Johnson has joined since beginning his college career. The younger Johnson, who has said he plans to play cornerback despite his large frame (6’1,’’ 191 pounds), reportedly has taken multiple unofficial visits to Gainesville, and he’s made plain his esteem for the program’s development of former four-star prospect and current sophomore CB Chauncey Gardner. If the Gators whiff on Surtain, Johnson would be a solid consolation prize.

Amon-Ra St. Brown

Scout 300 rank: 11

Position: Wide receiver

Position rank: 1

High school: Mater Dei (Calif.)

Amon-Ra St. Brown is a higher-rated prospect than either of his two older brothers: Osiris, a four-star in the class of 2017 who picked Stanford; and Equanimeous, a four-star in the class of 2015 who chose Notre Dame. Amon-Ra St. Brown could end up playing with either of them, and he’ll benefit from their feedback on those two programs during the rest of his recruitment. But he’ll also have many different paths to consider. More than 20 programs reportedly have extended offers, including Big Ten heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State and Los Angeles rivals USC and UCLA. A decision is not expected soon.

Terrace Marshall Jr.

Scout 300 rank: 12

Position: Wide receiver

Position rank: 2

High school: Parkway (La.)

Marshall reportedly plans to release a top-six list early this month. LSU will almost certainly be on it, but earning Marshall’s signature will be a serious challenge, even for a program that recently hired a head coach with a reputation as an elite recruiter (Ed Orgeron) and has traditionally excelled at fending off out-of-state programs for coveted Louisiana prospects. (Last year, when only two of the state’s top 11 players chose the Tigers, was an exception.) LSU produced an abundance of NFL talent at Marshall’s position during former head coach Les Miles’s tenure, but a promising debut season from new offensive coordinator Matt Canada would make the program more appealing. Marshall has indicated that he’ll wait until December to reveal his destination.

Brennan Eagles

Scout 300 rank: 13

Position: Wide receiver

Position rank: 3

High school: Taylor (Texas)

When Eagles posted a list of his top 10 schools to his Twitter account in late February, he said he had decided to “shut down” his recruitment. Two months later, Eagles sent out a revised top 10 comprising these programs: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and USC. He ranks behind only Cook among Texas-based prospects in the class of 2018, so it’s not surprising that the Longhorns are targeting him. Whether they’ll be able to beat out the other programs on that list (or any other programs that appear on future lists) is another matter, but Eagles would make a nice addition to a receiving corps headlined by sophomore Collin Johnson.

Jalen Hall

Scout 300 rank: 15

Position: Wide receiver

Position rank: 4

High school: Long Beach Polytechnic (Calif.)

USC became one of the biggest winners on National Signing Day this February when it landed two prized playmakers out of Augustus F. Hawkins (Calif.) High, five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis and four-star athlete Greg Johnson. The Trojans appear on track to reel in another former Hawkins standout in this recruiting cycle. Hall, who transferred to Long Beach Poly this off-season along with USC five-star quarterback commit Matt Corral (who left Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif.), has visited other programs, including Michigan and Notre Dame, but it would be an upset if Hall doesn’t join Lewis and Johnson in Los Angeles next season.

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Michigan State Recruiting: Predicting next 5 commits in 2018 football class

Michigan State Recruiting: Predicting next 5 commits in 2018 football class

Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio watches player run the field prior to a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State recruiting is facing a crucial cycle and here are the next five 2018 football targets who could commit.

Mark Dantonio has been knocked for his lackluster recruiting classes over his 10-year tenure at Michigan State, but he put together his best one yet in 2016. That was followed up with what some would consider a ‘disappointing’ 2017 Michigan State recruiting class, but you have to realize that the Spartans were fresh off a 3-9 season.

Recruiting after a poor year like that is not easy, no matter how much success a program has had in previous years. Still, the Spartans have gotten off to a nice start to their 2018 class, picking up commitments from three four-star prospects from Ohio (Trenton Gillison, Joseph Scates and Xavier Henderson).

There are still some big names left on the board, but some are closer to making a college decision than others. We did our best to predict the next five possible Michigan State pledges for the 2018 class — don’t be mad if we’re wrong, because that happens often in recruiting.

Note: Obviously these recruits aren’t all locks, just the author’s opinion on who may be the next to commit. Each is in the middle of a two or three-team race.

5. Tommy Bush, 3-star WR (Schertz, Texas)

Tommy Bush may be one of the most underrated players in the 2018 class and it’s only a matter of time before he gets that four-star bump across all recruiting services.

In fact, his recruitment has been revved up over the past couple of months and just in the past two weeks, he’s received offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas A&M, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Virginia Tech. If that doesn’t scream ‘elite prospect’, I don’t know what does.

What I do know is that Bush likes Michigan State.

According to Luke Srodulski from Landof10.com, Bush likes what Michigan State has to offer and he’s planning a trip to East Lansing in the springtime.

“They were just straight to the point,” Bush said. “The way they talked, they knew exactly what they were talking about. They knew exactly what they wanted to do with me. They’ve been invested in me for a very long time, and for them to offer me an opportunity to go there, it really means a lot.”

Can the Spartans fend off the latest fury of offers and get this kid to commit? He’s ranked the No. 354 overall recruit and 54th-best receiver in the class, according to 247Sports. Who wouldn’t want a 6-foot-5 athletic freak of a wide out?

College Football Recruiting: Predicting where top 5 uncommitted 2018 QBs commit

Predicting where top 5 uncommitted 2018 college football QB commits will land The college football recruiting world is top heavy with great quarterback talent, especially in 2018.

Getting a quarterback to lead your program is one of the most important goals in each and every recruiting class. That is why teams continue to pursue high-level players who are still left on the board.

There aren’t many top 300 players left for the class of 2018, and there are even fewer elite level quarterbacks. But, there are a handful of pro-style and dual-threat quarterbacks who are still wanted by top-notch programs from power five conferences.

Many quarterbacks have already committed to other programs at this point in the recruitment process. The No. 1 ranked quarterback in the nation, Trevor Lawrence, committed to Clemson back in December 2016.

The Penn State Nittany Lions received a huge committed when Justin Fields decided to pick them over teams like Florida and Florida State. He is a five-star recruit and the No. 3 quarterback in the class of 2018.

So far in the recruiting process, the top eight quarterbacks have already committed to their favorite program. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t good quarterbacks still remaining.

Here is where the top five uncommitted quarterbacks will commit.

5. Brevin White

The state of California has a history of producing NFL-level quarterbacks. Brevin White could be in line to be the next great passer coming out of the state.

White is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound recruit out of Paraclete High School in Lancaster, California. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 220 player in the class of 2018 and the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

The recruitment of White has mainly been from the Pac-12 except for Tennessee and some smaller Division I programs. One team that could be a dark-horse in the recruitment of White is North Carolina.

White just got back from a visit to Chapel Hill and I wouldn’t doubt if a scholarship offer comes here in the next few weeks. This kid has too much talent for a team like North Carolina to pass up.

There is a lot to love about White’s game on the field. He is a quarterback that brings multiple dimensions to his role. The first attribute to point out is his ability to roll out of the pocket and still keep his eyes downfield.

When White feels the pressure he doesn’t pull the ball down and run it. He glides out of trouble and still keeps his eyes downfield so he can make a play. His ability to feel the pressure and still hit the wide receiver on a dime is impressive as well.

White has a level of maturity at the quarterback position that few college passers can match. The program that can snag this kid will get an undervalued player that should be ranked higher. Ultimately, his recruitment is wide open, though.

North Carolina did host White this past weekend, but there are other teams that are on this kid as well. In the end, it seems he will ultimately decide between the Tar Heels, Tennessee, Oregon State and Washington State. All of these programs bring something different to the table.

When White’s recruitment is finished, it appears as if he will end up choosing the Cougars. Not only does the 247Sports Crystal Ball have him going there at 100-percent, but Washington State has an offense that will enable him to thrive.

Last season, Cougars quarterback Luke Falk threw for 4,468 yards and 38 touchdowns, which ranked fourth and seventh, respectively. The Washington State offense spreads the ball and that is what White needs. He would also have an opportunity to get starting snaps as well.

Falk will be graduating after the 2017 season. That means Washington State will need a new starter for 2018 and no one behind Falk has proven anything yet. Tyler Hilinski is going to be the backup heading into this season and will likely be the man to beat in 2018. But, if White comes in and lights the world on fire, we would have no doubts he could start year one.

The recruitment of White is far from over, but the belief is he will ultimately end up with Washington State. This kid has the talent to be a great player at the college level and whoever lands him will be getting a special quarterback.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaв„ў 14 June - 15 July Volunteers Volunteers' Functions

The Accreditation Volunteers at the Accreditation Centres near the International Broadcast Centre and 12 stadiums in the 11 Host Cities will issue a personal accreditation card to each participant to provide working rights at corresponding zones within the stadiums, the International Broadcast Centre, training sites and other venues. A large number of people, from installation crews who build engineering facilities for matches all the way to the footballers themselves, participate in preparations and operations of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™. Accreditation activities begin a month before the first match and significantly influence the positive experience and impression of participants throughout the entire event.

· Must be at least a second year university/college student at the time of the application.

· Proficiency in the English language (at least at a pre-intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

· Great communication skills, resilience to stress.

· Organisational and teamwork skills.

· Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

· Prior volunteer experience at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Ticketing is an important organisational component of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup. In each of the Host Cities, volunteers will support the FIFA Ticketing Project and Local Organising Committee (LOC) staff with various customer-oriented services at the stadiums and ticket centres. It will be an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the services sector to work at the stadiums and to communicate with people from different parts of the world. As such, volunteers of this functional area are expected to work not only during scheduled football matches, but also prior to the events.

· Must be at least a second year university/college student at the time of the application.

· Fluency in Russian (written and spoken) and good English speaking skills.

· Additional language skills in Spanish, French, German is an added advantage.

· Great communication skills, resilience to stress.

· Organisational and teamwork skills.

· Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

· Previous volunteer experience at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Media operations' mission is to provide the best possible working environment to accredited media at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The volunteers of this functional area will be in charge of different aspects and will be split into several groups.

The media “hotline” volunteers will be answering phone inquiries and providing media representatives with information. Additionally, they will collect interview requests, inform the accredited journalists of any technical or organisational changes, and perform other assignments as necessary.

The media operations volunteers will be also helping journalists and photographers at stadium media centres, in the media tribunes, at photo positions, in press conference rooms, and in mixed zones. They will welcome media and provide the necessary operational information, distribute tickets and other forms of passes for media, and assist in working areas.

• Degree or employment history in journalism, media operations, or communications.

• Advanced-level command of the English language. A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Basic knowledge of the global media market (national and international media), understanding of media needs.

• Strong PC skills (including MS Office).

• Great communication skills, including cross-cultural.

• Interest in and basic knowledge of football.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

It is a high priority for the Local Organising Committee to assure quality wireless communication services for the international missions, broadcasters and participants of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup. This goes for the work-related use of wireless communications and regulation of the use of radio stations by event participants. 30 radio-electronic testing and code-marking stations will be organised in the host cities. 14 stationary and 30 mobile radio-monitoring stations will be deployed at all the stadiums, at the International Broadcasting Centre and the Federal Operations Centre.

More than 10,000 TETRA radio stations will be used to provide communication services during the games, for broadcasting, protocol events, and for the purposes of utility and transportation management. Specially assigned volunteers will assist the staff of the wireless communications operator in the distribution and technical support of the radio stations, and assist the staff of the Local Organising Committee and the Federal Radio Frequencies Service in any related tasks.

• It is a plus if you are at least a second year university/college student when you apply, but a graduate degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s) is preferred.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Great communication skills, prior experience of cross-cultural communication.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Hospitality is the activity of entertaining people in order to promote a cordial business relationship. To cater for corporate hospitality, it is common practice around the world to include banqueting suites capable of catering for hundreds or thousands of people, together with a mixture of of villages, Skyboxes and lounges. Guests in these areas can have refreshments and a meal before the event and then watch the proceedings from within their private entertainment area or from their adjacent seating. The basic concept is to provide the best possible hospitality and viewing experience in order that the hosts may suitably entertain and impress their guests.

Volunteers will be expected to render practical assistance to the hospitality office team, not only on match days but at any other time too. Also within this functional area, volunteers will be working with the guests in hospitality areas: welcome guests and see them off, provide information on request, and supervise guests’ services.

This functional area is available at 12 stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also at 4 stadiums for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Roles and responsibilities:

• Help in general administrative tasks in preparation for each match.

• Monitor hospitality areas before and after each match, taking pictures and preparing reports.

• Guide spectators to the hospitality areas.

• Provide information to guests on hospitality operational hours, car park locations, directions to merchandise stores and other welcoming duties.

• Distribute “start lists” before each match.

• Monitor operations in the parking areas

• Fluency in Russian and Advanced English (knowledge of other languages welcomed).

• Ability to work long hours.

• Excellent organisational and communication skills.

• Strong team player.

• Get along well with others.

CATERING (FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICES)

Just-in-time availability of quality food is a key part of any high-profile event such as the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup or 2018 FIFA World Cup. Suppliers, contractors, partners, sponsors, security personnel, and other staff members should be able to eat without going too far from their work areas. That is why there will be large cafeterias at each stadium, served by catering companies contracted by the Russia 2018 LOC. Volunteers will assist with the sustaining of the smooth operation of those, and will make sure the full menu of food and beverages is available at all times. In addition, volunteers will manage free meal vouchers (for those who are entitled to them), prepare the dining areas and help with other issues if necessary.

• Willingness and experience working with people, you have to be friendly, patient and resilient to stress.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Relevant education, prior experience of volunteer work, and command of a foreign language would be advantageous.

Language services is one of the most important volunteers’ functional areas as the interpreters are irreplaceable at these high profile events. Volunteers are expected to provide language services at stadiums and other facilities of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup (including the “mixed” zones, where media reporters meet the players after the game), to assist in simultaneous translations at the International Broadcasting Centre, and to make urgent written translations if required. Interpreters will be needed everywhere: hotels, airports, team bases, media centres.

• Advanced-level of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean or any other foreign language. Good command of Russian.

• Prior experience in interpreting/translating.

• Prior experience of cross-cultural communication.

Marketing Operations is the area responsible for the coordination and implementation of all activities, rights and obligations related to FIFA’s sponsors and licensees. In the context of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup these key projects are below:

- Commercial Display Area (Fan Zones)

- Value-In-Kind (VIK) products

- Youth Programme (Player Escorts, Ball Crew, Flag Carriers)

- Special Marketing Programmes

- Marketing Venue Tours

- Catering Programme for spectators

Volunteers who are allocated into the Marketing Operations team would be tasked with a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to the below:

- Support management activities of FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) Marketing departments

- Give support to FIFA and LOC marketing teams on the implementation of various marketing activities at the Stadium

- Assist in control VIK stock-levels and ordering requirements

- Help to find solutions for problems related to the marketing department

- Assist in the storage of marketing equipment

- Monitor the condition of stadium signage and F&B equipment

- Assist in providing stadium tours to various marketing stakeholders

- Assist with the training, operation, activation of the FIFA Youth Programme.

• Proactive and punctual.

• Patient and attentive to detail.

• Willingness to perform diversified operational activities.

• Ability to solve problems in an event environment.

• Interest in marketing and/or advertising.

• Previous experience in events is not mandatory but will be an advantage.

• Good command of the English language (at least the intermediate level).

• PC skills (including MS Office and Windows knowledge).

• Cross-cultural communication skills.

MEDICAL SERVICES AND DOPING CONTROL

The mission of the medical service at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup is to assure prompt and immediate access to quality medical assistance for the event participants and guests. About 3,500 qualified medical professionals will be working at the stadiums, hotels, team bases, media centres and fan areas, ready to respond to any medical emergency within minutes.

In order to assist the medical service, medical administrators and chaperones will be recruited from the number of volunteers. The medical administrators will help the medical staff to communicate with the foreign patients and to support the Venue Medical Officer office in organisational and administrative matters. The chaperones will notify and escort the selected players to the doping control station.

• Native Russian speaker with a strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Great communication and cross-cultural communication skills.

• Responsible, diligent, self-disciplined, good team-worker.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events will be an asset.

• Professional medical background (medical doctor, nurse or hospital attendant) or medical students (3nd year of university/college and up) – is a plus.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

One of the key elements of the transportation programme of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup is just-in-time management of athletes’ and guests’ arrivals and departures. Volunteers will be working at airports, seaports, railway stations, bus terminals, and other transportation facilities in the 11 Host Cities. The first and the last impressions the guests of these two events have will largely depend on the people who will welcome them to the Host Country, Russia, upon arrival, and the people who will see them off at departure.

• Good command of the English language (at least the intermediate level) and working knowledge of a second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic).

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events.

• It is an advantage if you are at least a second year student when you apply.

• Good communication and cross-cultural communication skills.

Due to the high importance of the guests attending the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup it is mandatory to provide a high-quality of service. The volunteers may be assigned to help with arrangements at the VIP-areas and VIP-boxes at the stadiums, guest flow and access control management, as well as working at the Welcome desks at official FIFA hotels, helping with tickets, invitations and gifts distribution.

• Fluent in English and knowledge of other languages would be an asset (French, Spanish, German, etc.).

• Senior undergraduate students or recent graduates.

• High level of motivation, active life attitude, readiness to go the extra mile.

• Courtesy and client-oriented approach.

• Commitment to work with a responsible attitude.

• Competence in cross-cultural communication.

• Competence in business etiquette.

• Volunteer experience at major sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Assistance to the players and referees is a crucial part of the Local Organising Committee’s work. It shapes the image of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup tournaments perceived by the participants. The quality of the players’ training and leisure and, therefore, their performance depend on the volunteers working directly with the teams. Volunteers will assist in preparing the dressing rooms and equipment at stadiums and training sites, assist in the hotel accommodation of the players and referees, transfers to/from airports and stadiums, and handle any issues that may come up.

This functional area is available at 11 Host Cities and other 23 cities in Russia. During the Confederations Cup the referees will be accommodated in St. Petersburg while the officials will be based in Moscow for the World Cup.

• To be at least a second year university/college student when you apply, but a university degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s) is preferred.

• Proficiency in the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Great communication skills, prior experience of cross-cultural communication.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and to take responsibility.

• Prior volunteer experience at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Those volunteers who have chosen to work in this functional will assist the Local Organising Committee, the official FIFA accommodation partner and hotels in serving the referees, teams, and FIFA delegations. Volunteers will help with interpreting, assist in information collection from different Local Organising Committee departments, making sure the appropriate flyers and booklets are available at the hotels. They will also respond to guest inquiries and arrange for the officers responsible to attend to the guests’ needs in person to resolve any issues.

• It is an advantage if you are at least a second year university/college student when you apply, however a graduate degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s) is preferred.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is a plus.

• Great communication skills, prior experience of cross-cultural communication.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

One of the foremost tasks of the hosts of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup is to welcome the guests in the best traditions of Russian hospitality. All fans should be able to enjoy the excellent football in a safe and comfortable environment. Those volunteers who have chosen to work with the spectators will provide the guests with the information requested. In addition, they will direct spectators to their seats at the stadium, manage flows of visitors and assist them with any other issues if necessary.

• It is an advantage if you are at least a second year university/college student when you apply.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Great communication skills, polite, keen on helping people.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities..

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

Millions of people around the globe will follow the 2018 FIFA World Cup thanks to television and other media platforms. The best-possible football viewing experience is delivered to world screens by the FIFA International TV coverage of the highest quality, as well as by effective work of the world TV & Radio teams who are aiming to provide their home audience with the most complex and comprehensive picture of what happens at the Competitions and around them. It is through their personalised view that all the world will observe the way Russia hosts their first ever 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in Moscow is one of the key facilities of the upcoming World Cup that will support television broadcasts throughout the tournament. TV shows and features covering the events on and off the pitch will be created at the IBC. The International Broadcast Centre with its restaurants, shops, a bank and other general services is meant to be a city totally dedicated to broadcasters’ needs.

Teaming up with the Local Organising Committee, volunteers will assist the TV and Radio broadcasters at Moscow’s International Broadcasting Centre, at all of the stadiums and the landmark studios in Moscow and other cities. They will help to organise the on-site broadcast operations and, in particular, daily broadcast briefings in the IBC.

• Ideally, candidates should have a graduate degree, preferably in a related field. However, students also will be considered, if they are at least in their second year of university/college.

• Proficiency in the English language (at least the intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Great communication skills, prior experience of cross-cultural communication.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

High quality transportation service is one of the main priorities of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee. Volunteers will assist LOC staff in the management of the transportation, arrivals and departures. In addition, they will help to keep track of the vehicles’ availability. Furthermore, volunteers will assist in the arrivals/departures areas at the parking facilities.

• You must be friendly, dependable, responsible and punctual.

• Resilient to stress, with the ability to work shifts outdoors.

• Proficiency in the English language (at least the intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• To be at least a second year university/college student at the time of the event.

• Prior volunteer experience at high-profile sports or cultural events.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

Strong leadership has to be in place to make sure that volunteers perform their duties well during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup. A dedicated team will manage volunteer registration, assist in providing services for volunteers, keep volunteers motivated, and assist in their training.

• It is an advantage if you are at least a second year student when you apply.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level).

• Great communication and cross-cultural communication skills.

• Prior experience of volunteer management or work for not-for-profit youth organisations.

• Organisational and teamwork skills.

• Ability to work hard and comfortable with taking on additional responsibilities.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

The FIFA’s priorities in preparing and staging the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup are a successful organisation of the football matches and superior level of the services provided to the teams and referees. The work of the volunteers in the Venue Management functional area will be dedicated to that goal. They will assist the stadium manager and their team in organising effective and smooth operations on the stadiums.

Venue management has several roles for volunteers to take: the first role is to assist FIFA representatives, helping them with different issues, and organising communication with the stadium manager and their team.

The second role is about assisting stadium managers with their daily administrative tasks: to monitor the progress of their tasks at the stadium, to organise and hold meetings, to keep minutes of meetings and to help with reports and other documents in two languages. The third role will assist venue teams in solving incidents, provide necessary information, coordinate venue operations, monitor the schedule, organise communications and produce the reports on request for the management of the Organising Committee and for FIFA.

• It is an advantage if you are at least a second year student when you apply, but to apply for the position of PA for the CEO, you have to be at least in your fourth year of university/college. A graduate degree is preferred: Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s.

• Good command of the English language (at least the intermediate level). A second foreign language is an added advantage (German or other, depending on what the job requires).

• Strong PC skills (MS Office).

• Experience working with portable radio units or other telecommunications equipment, experience working in a call centre (for volunteers assigned to site coordinating centre).

• Great communication, organisational and teamwork skills.

• You must be a football fan or be familiar with specifics of the game.

• Prior experience of volunteer work at high-profile sports or cultural events would be an asset.

The mission of the sustainability functional area is to make sure that, while the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup are in progress, their impact upon the community, economy and environment is as positive as it can possibly be.

The environmental volunteers will periodically patrol the stadiums, auditing compliance with the applicable environment protection requirements and monitor effective waste management, while accessibility volunteers will make sure that the barrier-free environment provisions for persons with disabilities are honoured at the stadiums.

Volunteers will also take part in the Football for Hope events. During the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup volunteers will be involved in the preparation and staging of the eponymous three-day Forum, bringing together some 200 civil society activists and experts from around the world.

During the FIFA World Cup 2018 volunteers will assist in preparing and staging a two-week festival, which will be attended by civil society activists from 32 countries. A four-day football tournament for youth teams will be held as part of the festival as well.

Requirements for environmental volunteers:

• It is an advantage if you are a student at the time of your application; it is preferred if you have an engineering major or you have completed a graduate degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s).

• Quick thinker, great communicator, polite.

• Prior work experience (as volunteer or otherwise) for an environment protection or cultural heritage protection organisation is an advantage.

Requirements for accessibility volunteers:

• It is a plus if, at the time of your application, you are a student majoring in social studies, medicine, psychology, education; a completed graduate degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s) is also welcome.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level).

• Commitment to working in this specific functional area.

• Prior employment history in social services is an advantage.

• Great stamina, great communicator, polite, organised, empathic.

Requirements for Football for Hope volunteers:

• It is a plus if you are a student at the time of your application; a completed graduate degree (Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, or Master’s) is also welcome.

• Strong command of the English language (at least the upper intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is an added advantage.

• Quick thinker, great communicator, polite, organised, attentive, great stamina

The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup are the bright and vibrant shows that will define the image of the tournaments and of Russia as the Host Country. Volunteers will assist with navigation around the stadiums and at the rehearsal venues. Volunteers will assist LOC staff in organising the dressing rooms and other relevant areas. They will also act as walk-ons at rehearsals and help with any other issues that may arise.

It is important to mention that the dancers and performers of the show are not recruited through the volunteer programme.

• Good physical shape.

• Ability to promptly adapt to changing circumstances.

• Ability to work hard at any time of day and night.

• Great communication skills, ability to work with people with different cultural backgrounds.

• Politeness, patience, ability to take responsibility.

• Proficiency in the English language (at least the intermediate level). A second foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic) is a plus.

• Prior experience running massive cultural or sports events.

• Basic PC skills (standard browsers, Microsoft Office, etc.).

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