World Cup 2018 ticket boost: FIFA says 3.4m requests in first sales window

October 13 – Having initially announced that 2 million tickets had been requested with two days to go before the close of the first 2018 World Cup ticket sales window, FIFA has now confirmed more than 3.4 million requests.

The first sales window closed at the same time that 23 of the 32 World Cup nations competing were confirmed as qualifiers in the last round of international fixtures.

FIFA reports that most applications “have come from Russia, while international demand accounts for more than 30 per cent. German, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, US, Colombian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Polish fans all rank in the top 10, while around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the Opening Match and more than 300,000 for the Final.”

Tickets will be allocated via a random selection draw for matches where there is an over-subscription for the number of seats available. Successful ticket buyers will be notified by November 16.

Ticket sales open again on November 16 on a first-come, first-served basis allowing fans to buy tickets in real time on That sales period ends November 28.

Getting in

FIFA is encouraging all fans heading for Russia to apply for their FAN ID official identity document as soon as possible once they receive ticket confirmation.

The FAN ID document provides visa-free entry to the Russian Federation as well as certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on match days.

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