2018 FIFA World Cup: More than 2.4 million tickets allocated

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - With the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia due on 14 June, FIFA says that more that  2.4 million tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017.

According to FIFA, most of them have gone to Russian fans (871,797), followed by fans from the USA (88,825), Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234), Germany (62,541), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031), Peru (43,583), China (40,251), Australia (36,359) and England (32,362) – the top-ten countries from abroad.

It said international demand accounts for 54%, adding that since last minute sales are ongoing until 15 July, these figures are subject to change.

FIFA said in a statement that in accordance with the ticket sales structure and in line with its efforts to make as many tickets as possible available directly to football fans, more than 100,000 tickets, previously reserved for other FIFA constituent groups, will be made available at FIFA.com/tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on 8 June, 23:00 hours Moscow time (22:00 Central European Time).

This concerns tickets for all matches and includes category 4 tickets, which are exclusively reserved for Russian residents, for selected games. "Fans are advised to place their orders as soon as tickets go on sale as high demand is expected and tickets are likely to sell out very quickly."

"A traffic light system on FIFA.com/tickets will give fans an indication about ticket availability," it added.

Due to the possibility of tickets being continuously resold through FIFA.com/tickets, tickets for specific matches, which at some point could be unavailable, may possibly become available again.

The statement said due to the overwhelming interest in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in line with previous editions of the competition, an additional inventory of tickets for seats with a partially obstructed view will also be made available for purchase at FIFA.com/tickets on 8 June, 23:00 MSK. These tickets will be available for Russian residents only, at a special discounted price of 50% of the price for a CAT4 ticket for the respective match.

"Tickets for seats with a partially obstructed view will have a restricted sight of the pitch of up to 50%. These tickets may be located anywhere within the stadium blocks and, as with all other tickets, they cannot be exchanged for other seats."

Tickets may be purchased online by using Visa payment cards or Visa Checkout. Visa is the official payment services partner of FIFA.

FIFA said it has also made an allocation of tickets available for disabled people and people with limited mobility in accordance with the number of special access seats available in the 12 stadiums.
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