World Cup ticket requests top the eight million mark
Nearly five million tickets have been requested by supporters during the second phase of sales for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Fans from across the world asked for a total 4,905,169 tickets for football’s showpiece event during that window, taking the overall total to over eight million.
Over 2.5 million tickets were requested from Russia in the second phase, with Germany (338,414), Argentina (186,005), Mexico (154,611) and Brazil (140,848) completing the top five.
Poland (128,736), Spain (110,649), Peru (100,256), Colombia (87,786) and the USA (87,052) rounded off the top ten, but due to the high demand, a random selection draw process will be carried out to determine which fans will be awarded tickets. All fans will be informed of the outcome by mid-March 2018 at the latest.
The next opportunity to purchase tickets for the tournament will begin on March 13, when tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis at FIFA.com/tickets.
Fans attending matches at the World Cup must apply for a FAN ID. The system will provide visa-free entry into Russia for foreign fans and free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on match days. Fans should apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email.
Organisers expect around 1.5 million fans during the four-week tournament which will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums across 11 host cities. Around 27,000 England supporters are expected to travel to Russia, although that number may increase as fans become gripped by World Cup fever.
For supporters unable to travel to the tournament in person, all of the matches will be available to watch via various local broadcasters.
Organisers will hope for similar viewing figures to those from Brazil 2014, with the competition reaching a global in-home television audience of 3.2 billion people. More than one billion fans tuned in to watch the final, where Mario Gotze’s goal in extra-time sealed a 1-0 victory for Germany over Argentina.
Around 280 million people worldwide watched matches online or on a mobile device, highlighting the impact of new technology on the delivery of sports content.
Germany remain the favourites to win the World Cup for the fifth time, but Brazil and France are also well-fancied along with Spain, Argentina and Belgium.