FIFA has provided their most recent update on ticket requests to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and reports that over 2,300,000 requests have been received thus far in the second sales phase that began December 5.
Fans from all over the world requested 1,318,109 tickets in the first 24 hours alone.
The 2.3 million ticket requests received in the two weeks since the start of sales phase 2 are led by Russian fans, followed by their counterparts from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Spain, Germany, Egypt and China.
A total of 742,760 tickets were allocated during sales phase 1, which occurred from September 14 – November 28. Sales phase 2 is still accepting random draw applications until January 31. After that, phase 2, part 2 will enter a first-come, first-served application window from March 13 – April 3. The final phase is strictly first-come, first-served and takes place April 18 – July 15, the day of the World Cup final.
The World Cup’s sales phase 2 will go as follows:
“Until 31 January, fans can apply for individual match tickets for all matches (except for the opening match and final) and venue-specific tickets for all stadiums, as well as supporter tickets and conditional supporter tickets for official fans of the 32 teams. If the number of tickets requested by 31 January 2018 exceeds the number of available tickets, the allocation will be based on a random selection draw procedure, with fans being informed of its outcome by 12 March 2018 at the latest. During the current sales period, it will make no difference whether applications are submitted on day one, the last day or any time in between, as all will have the same chance of being successful.”
Ticket prices for individual matches range from $105 for Group Matches up to $1,100 for the Final, and can also be purchased specific to team or venue.
The tournament begins on June 14 with Russia playing the opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
“At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans,” the statement reminds ticket buyers. “Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email.”