August 17 – FIFA is reporting ticket sales of 2.45 million for the Qatar 2022 World Cup that kicks off November 17.
FIFA said the biggest number of allocated tickets were for group-stage matches such as Cameroon v. Brazil, Brazil v. Serbia, Portugal v. Uruguay, Costa Rica v. Germany, and Australia v. Denmark.
Demand for tickets was highest from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Mexico, the UAE, England, Argentina, Brazil, Wales and Australia.
FIFA is encouraging fans who now hold confirmation for one or more matches to book their accommodation – which for most has proved a difficult and frustrating experience to date because of limited availability – and apply for their Hayya – the fan ID for the tournament.
“An approved Hayya application, alongside a valid match ticket, will grant spectators access to stadiums, provide entry to Qatar for international fans, and offer free public transport on matchdays, along with a host of other benefits,” said FIFA.
From late September – exact date to be announced – a last-minute ticket sales phase will be launched that will until the end of the tournament. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and confirmed immediately after payment via the FIFA ticket portal. Over-the-counter sales will also start in Doha following the launch of the last-minute sales phase.
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