In addition to host country Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia have so far secured their spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
So, as of 14 September 2017 at 12:00 (Moscow time), fans all over the world will also be able to book their place as ticket sales for the tournament start exclusively on FIFA.com/tickets.
“We have put in place a ticketing system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets. Throughout history, fans have made a key contribution to the fascination of the FIFA World Cup. Russia promises to be a unique continuation of this history, with outstanding organisation and a great atmosphere in the stadiums,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
Tickets will be available during the following sales phases:
Sales phase 1 (divided into two stages)
During the first period of sales phase 1, which starts on 14 September and finishes on 12 October 2017, fans will be able to submit their ticket applications. During this sales period, it will make no difference whether they submit their applications on day 1, the last day or any time in between, as all applications will have the same chance of being successful. 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.
Sales phase 1 concludes with the period from 16 November to 28 November, during which tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sales phase 2 (divided into two stages)
Following the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on 1 December 2017, sales phase 2 will comprise a random selection draw period from 5 December 2017 to 31 January 2018 and a further first-come, first-served period from 13 March to 3 April 2018.
Tickets purchased during sales phases 1 and 2 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).
Fans will also have a final chance to secure tickets during the last-minute sales phase, which will be implemented on a first-come, first-served basis from 18 April to 15 July 2018, the day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ final.
What types of ticket will be available in sales phase 1?
Individual match tickets: tickets for a specific match, which are available for all matches from the opening game through to the final.
Venue-specific ticket series: ticket strips for a specific stadium. These strips include the group matches (except the opening match), the round-of-16 match and the play-off for third place played at the specific venue of choice. (Example: the venue-specific ticket series for Luzhniki Stadium includes three group matches and one round-of-16 match. It does not include the opening match, semi-final or final.)
Team-specific ticket series: ticket strips for fans to follow the national team of their choice. Team-specific ticket series are available as packages that include three to seven matches and can only be requested during sales phase 1.
In line with the ticketing policy implemented at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups™, residents of the host country will exclusively benefit from this special price category, category 4, with prices starting from RUB 1,280.
Special-access tickets: FIFA will also ensure a dedicated allocation of tickets for disabled people, people with limited mobility and fans classified as obese.
What will be the accepted payment methods?
In sales phases 1 and 2, it will be possible to pay for tickets by means of the following payment methods:
Visa, Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, payment cards.
Other payment methods
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 conclusion of the random selection draw period.
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 matchdays. 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.
Direct ticket sales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup have started at the main FIFA Ticketing Center in Moscow, a TASS correspondent reported.
Ticketing centers opened in 11 Russian cities on April 18 but it was only possible to print out previously purchased tickets there, while direct sales stared at 14:00 Moscow time (11:00 GMT) on May 1.
According to volunteers, only Category One tickets for matches set to be played in the city of Volgograd and Category One tickets for the match between Panama and Tunisia, scheduled to take place in Saransk, were still available at 14:30 Moscow time.
Ticket categories FIFA revealed ticket prices for the 2018 World Cup in July 2016. There are four categories of tickets. The category three tickets prices range from $105 to $285, the category two tickets cost from $165 to $480, while the category one ticket prices range from $210 to $750.
The discounted category four tickets are reserved only for Russian citizens. The cheapest category four ticket is worth 1,280 rubles ($21.5).
2018 FIFA World Cup The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, will be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay will make up Group A, while Group B will include Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco. Group C is going to consist of France, Australia, Peru and Denmark, while Group D will be Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Group E will be composed of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Group F has Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, while Group G will encompass Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England. Finally, Group H has Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.
FIFA has announced that 2.4 million tickets have already been sold for the World Cup, which kicks off next Thursday. International demand accounts for 54%. On Friday evening, the governing body will release another batch of 100,000 tickets.
“With just seven days to go until the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA can confirm that 2,403,116 tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017,” said FIFA in a statement.
“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.”
Europe has just two countries in the top ten with Germany and England. Chinese fans purchased 40,251 tickets. “International demand accounts for 54%. Since last minute sales are ongoing until 15 July, these figures are subject to change,” the statement from FIFA added.
The world’s governing football body will release more tickets on Friday night, on a first-come, first-served basis, warning fans that tickets will sell very quickly. “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 June 8, 23:00 Moscow time.”
“This concerns tickets for all matches and includes category 4 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.”
Fans travelling to Russia will be required to apply for a Fan ID. That ID will also serve as their visa to enter Russian territory.