First ticket sales window for Russia 2018 set to close. 2 million applications so far

October 10 – Fans have just one day left to register for the first round of ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The ticket application window, which has been open since September 14, closes noon Moscow time on October 12.

FIFA says that “more than 2 million tickets have been requested so far by fans worldwide. Russian fans lead the way, while more than 30 per cent of all requests have come from international supporters: German, Brazilian, Mexican, US, Argentinian, Chinese, Colombian, Israeli and Egyptian fans all rank in the top 10.”

All applicants will be notified of whether they have been successful or not by November 16. In this window tickets for all matches have been available to apply for. Where applications exceed seats available FIFA will conduct a random draw to decide who has been successful.

FIFA says that the “Sales phase 1 concludes with the period from 16 November to 28 November, during which tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Following the Final Draw on December 1 FIFA will open up the second phase pf the ticket sales process. Applications can be made from December 5 to January 3, with tickets allocated via a random draw again where there is an over-demand. FIFA says there will be “a further first-come, first-served period from 13 March to 3 April 2018.”

Tickets will be delivered to fans in April/May 2018. Full details of ticket packages and prices are available at

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