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2018 FIFA World Cup: 3,496,204 tickets requested as the first sales period concludes today

FIFAOnly 9 spots are yet to be filled at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Hosts Russia have been joined by Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.
Excitement is building prior to FIFA’s flagship event and ticket requests have been high since 14 September: 3,496,204 tickets have been requested so far as the first sales period concludes today. Most of the applications have come from Russia, while international demand accounts for more than 30 per cent. 
 
German, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, US, Colombian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Polishfans all rank in the top 10, while around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the Opening Match and more than 300,000 for the Final.
During the Random Selection Draw sales period, which ended today at 12.00 Moscow time, fans had the chance to apply for tickets for every match or for specific ticket products on FIFA.com/tickets.
In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available inventory, tickets will be allocated by a random selection draw process. All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of their applications by 16 November 2017.
 
Ticket sales restart on 16 November
Sales Phase 1 will restart on 16 November with a first-come, first-served sales period when the fans will be able to purchase 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets in real time onFIFA.com/tickets with immediate confirmation of successful application.
This first-come, first-served sales period will end on 28 November and tickets purchased during this sales phase will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, with deliveries planned to start in April/May 2018 (subject to change). Tickets may be purchased using Visa, Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, payment cards, and other accepted payment cards or bank transfer.
FAN ID
At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans.
Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they received their ticket confirmation email following the confirmation of the outcome of the random selection draw.
The FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums. Having a FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country, such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on match days. For further details, please visit www.fan-id.ru.
FIFA does not assume any liability or responsibility concerning the application, issue and/or use of the FAN ID.