FIFA reports 740,000 tickets sold for Russia 2018, and readies for second sales window

November 29 – FIFA has reported that 742,760 tickets have been allocated in the first phase of Russia 2018 ticketing. Russians account for 53% of the ticket demand to date.

Of the 47% remaining, it seems the US’s failure to qualify has not killed interest their national interest in the tournament, with the US being amongst the top 10 countries in terms of ticket requests. Brazil, Germany, China, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and England all rank in the top ten by demand, says FIFA.

The second stage of ticket sales will open on December 5 and run through to 31 January 2018 on FIFA.com/tickets. Applications can be made for individual match tickets – where the number of ticket requests exceeds the available inventory, tickets will be allocated via a random selection draw.

The new phase of ticket sales will also open up the official supporters category for the 32 qualified national teams. These tickets are for all three team’s group games as well as options to keep following the team if they qualify from their group and progress through the knock-out rounds. These tickets are bought on a conditional basis – FIFA will refund the match ticket (less a handling charge) if the team is knocked out.

All tickets holders need to apply for a FAN ID which acts as the official identity document issued to fans. The FAN ID is required to enter stadiums as well as providing visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, and certain free inter-host city travel, as well as free use of public transport on matchdays.

“We are very pleased with the results of the first sales phase. They confirmed the great interest sparked by the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia – both at local and international level. The next opportunity to secure a place at this unique event will start on 5 December 2017 at 12:00 Moscow time at FIFA.com/tickets, just four days after the Final Draw. Fans from all over the world will be able to apply for individual match tickets. Category 4 tickets, which are exclusively reserved for Russian residents, will also be available,” said FIFA Head of Ticketing Falk Eller.

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