The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the international governing body of professional soccer, and it is the organizer of the World Cup, which is held in a different country every four years. A total of 32 countries qualify for the World Cup, based on results from qualifying matches in the years leading up to the tournament.
FIFA was established in 1904 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, and it is headed by a president and consists of a congress of representatives of member associations.
The organization oversees rules for the World Cup and handles ticketing, among other responsibilities.
FIFA was forced to pay $16.8 million plus interest to the U.S. ticket broker JB Sports Marketing, who never received World Cup tickets in 2014, a Swiss Supreme Court ruled. JBSM has been engaged in a lawsuit against FIFA since 2015. According to an email exchange between former FIFA general... Read more
Before the 2018 World Cup tickets were distributed to purchasers, the secondary ticketing site Viagogo AG already had tickets listed for resale – some for nearly four times the price of the original ticket. Now, FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against the site. The 2018 World Cup is... Read more
The U.S. Men’s National Team may have fallen short in its quest to make this summer’s World Cup – but U.S. fans (or at least residents) are still planning on making the trek to Russia, purchasing the second-highest total of tickets to the quadrennial showcase of the world’s most... Read more
FIFA presented the new 2018 Russia World Cup ticket design last week, which includes personalized information, holograms, and special barcode security features. Match-related information, like the stadium, date, and time, are printed on each ticket, along with details on the category, and information on how to find the assigned... Read more
Football fans swarmed the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup ticket site Tuesday morning in hopes of scoring tickets, but many were kicked out of the site before they had the chance. Tickets have been on fan’s minds for months as the countdown begins for the 2018 World... Read more
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... Read more
India has given away 27,000 tickets to the opening game of the FIFA under 17 World Cup against the United States, an official told Times of India. This year marks India’s first attempt at hosting a FIFA tournament, but sales have been poor for a number of reasons, and... Read more
The Switzerland-based ticketing and travel packages company MATCH Services AG is investigating an alleged massive security breach of its computerized information systems that resulted in the identities of thousands of World Cup customers being exposed to black marketers. Names, passport numbers, dates of birth and other personal information reportedly... Read more
ITV soccer commentator Robbie Earle, an English-born ex-soccer star who played for Jamaica, this week was fired from his position after he resold a block of the network’s corporate hospitality World Cup tickets, which were intended for friends and family of ITV staff. The sale was discovered during the... Read more
FIFA, the governing body behind soccer’s World Cup, has implemented a ticket resale policy that bars fans from reselling their tickets on the secondary market. Instead, FIFA recently created its own Ticket Transfer Platform. The World Cup begins June 11 and ends July 11. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC)... Read more