The number of ticket applications for the 2018 world cup soccer in Russia has gone from four million in the raffle sale phase, which remains open and closes next Wednesday, January 31.
According to data released by Fifa, since the opening of the sale deadline, on December 5, 4,021,211 applications were received, mostly from Russia, followed by Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Poland, Spain, Colombia, United States and the Netherlands.
International ticket demand represents 45% of the total, according to Fifa, who reminded that fans around the world are still able to request entries on the FIFA.com/tickets platform until noon (Moscow time, Brasilia) of January 31.
Ticket applications can be made for all games (except the opening and the final) and also for those of a specific venue, as well as the “follower” and “conditional follower” entries of the 32 selections.
FIFA recalled that if the number of tickets ordered before January 31 surpasses those available, the distribution will be made by lottery and the result will be announced on March 12.
Due to the number of seats available in each of the 12 stadiums that will host the World Cup matches, Fifa has reserved a lot of tickets for people with disabilities and reduced mobility.
Tickets purchased during this sales phase will be mailed free of charge in the weeks leading up to the tournament, starting in April or May, on dates that have not yet been specified.
FIFA also announced that, at the request of the Russian authorities, anyone wishing to watch the World Cup matches will have to request “a Fan ID card, which is an official document to identify the spectators.”
To enter the stadiums it will be mandatory to be in possession of this card and a valid ticket, so the entity recommended that interested parties request this free document once they receive the confirmation email of the ticket application.
Russia will offer cardholders such advantages and services as visa waiver to enter the country, as well as some free travel between host cities and free use of public transport on gaming days.
Finally, FIFA said that “it will not assume any obligation or responsibility derived from the request, dispatch, and use of fan cards”.