With just six days to go until the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA has confirmed that 2,403,116 tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017.
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. International demand accounts for 54%. Since last minute sales are ongoing until 15 July, these figures are subject to change.
In accordance with the ticket sales structure and in line with FIFA’s efforts to make as many tickets as possible available directly to football fans, more than 100,000 tickets, which were 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.
According to FIFA, this concerns tickets for all matches and includes category four 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. 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.