4,905,169 tickets had been requested by fans from all over the world before the random selection draw sales period concluded at 12:00 Moscow time on Wednesday 31 of January 2018.
Since 5 December 2017, supporters have had a great opportunity to apply for tickets exclusively at FIFA.com/tickets, and anticipation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia this summer has been increasing steadily.
Most of the applications have come from Russia (2,503,957 tickets requested), with Germany (338,414), Argentina (186,005), Mexico (154,611), Brazil (140,848), Poland (128,736), Spain (110,649), Peru (100,256), Colombia (87,786), USA (87,052) and the Netherlands (71,096) making up the top ten countries outside the host nation. Overall, international demand accounts for 49 per cent.
Due to the high demand, a random selection draw process will be carried out to determine which fans will be awarded tickets. This fair allocation process will be observed by a public notary and applied to all cases where the number of tickets requested by 31 January at 12:00 Moscow time exceeded the number available. All fans will be informed of the outcome of the random selection draw process by mid-March 2018 at the latest.
The next opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will commence on 13 March, when tickets will be sold in real time on a first come, first served basis at FIFA.com/tickets (subject to availability), which means the tickets will be confirmed at the time of purchase.
Tickets may be purchased online by using Visa payment cards or Visa Checkout. Visa is the official payment services partner of FIFA.
At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup 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 have received their ticket confirmation email.
A 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.