INTERNATIONAL. It’s almost kick-off. The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway on Thursday 14 June with the opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, writes our football correspondent Hedda Ball.

Now you can join in the fun of the tournament with The Great Moodie Davitt 2018 FIFA World Cup Charity Competition. King Power International (Thailand), which controls English Premier League club Leicester City, has become the event’s first brand partner.

King Power International, the powerful Thai travel retailer (and owner of Leicester City Football Club), has become a lead sponsor for The Great Moodie Davitt 2018 FIFA World Cup Charity Competition

Our match prediction contest is easy to enter, sure to engender tremendous engagement within the travel retail community and has a strong Corporate Social Responsibility connection. Entry is only open to those involved in the travel retail and aviation sectors.

Registration can be made here (see below for instructions):

The following prize monies will be awarded to the chosen charities of the winning contestants

1st – €3,000

2nd – €2,000

3rd – €1,000

[Note: To join King Power International as a lead sponsor in what promises to be a fun competition benefiting great causes, please contact for details.]

The competition follows the huge success of The Great ARI Moodie Davitt Euro 2016 competition, won by Hannes Koch, Managing Director at Hamburg brand and retail consultancy Travel Retail Cooperation.

His nominated charity was Musica Altona, a Hamburg organisation that supports underprivileged kids by enabling them to play their favourite instruments.

Visit to sign up for The Moodie Davitt Report private league.


A) Visit and register your details (after that you simply sign in each time). You will be asked at this stage to select your ultimate winner of the tournament (this can be changed up until the Knockout phase begins).

IMPORTANT: We suggest putting your full name in the FIRST NAME box (e.g. Martin Moodie) and company name in the LAST NAME box, so we can track our industry ‘leaderboard’ over the weeks of the tournament.

B) Once you have confirmed your registration (via an immediate e-mail prompt) please join The Moodie Davitt Report private league by visiting  You will need a pin number, which is – tmdrworldcup

C) Once you have done that you are entered into The Moodie Davitt Report private league. You can make your predictions at any time until kick-off for that particular match via the PREDICTIONS tab. We’ll also be putting out regular updates via and through our e-Alert service with industry league table updates and reminders to get your predictions in.

You can enter our competition at any time but the earlier you do the better your (and your nominated charity’s) chances of winning.

If you’re having any problems registering just e-mail

Rules of the game:

  1. You will receive 3 points for a correct score.
  2. You will receive 1 point for a correct result.
  3. In each group (and in the Knockout phases through to and including the semi-finals) you can apply a ‘Joker’ card to one match only. Use of the Joker will double any points you score on that match.
  4. Your prediction for the Knockout stages will include the score after extra time, but not penalties.
  5. You will receive extra points for the final game if you correctly predict the tournament winner.
  6. Leaderboard: If players finish level on points, then the player with most Correct Score points will finish higher, followed by Correct Result points, Joker points, Final points, Third-Place points, Semi-Final points, Quarter-Final points and then Last-16 points.

We’ll keep you posted on the industry league table/leaderboard as the competition proceeds.

The tournament kicks off with the home nation Russia playing Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14 June.