The 2018 Russia World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) is hoping to increase the number of cheap fourth category tickets made available for Russian nationals.

Usually, ticket prices for Fifa tournaments are split into three categories with different cost brackets, however Fifa introduced a special fourth category last July that was reserved for residents of host country Russia.

“Ticket prices have been already announced and it will be too complicated to review them at the moment,” LOC director general Alexei Sorokin told the TASS news agency.

“However, if we speak about the quotas, we are currently in the process of discussing shares and proportions within the categories.

“We will continue with this discussion and will do our best to make tickets available as much as possible for our citizens. Undoubtedly, we will provide for a considerable share of the fourth category tickets and their availability.

“We (the organisers) can only give recommendations and express our vision. However, the grand scale of the tournament envisages certain price parameters. They (price parameters) have been always remaining within similar frames and it would be wrong expecting a sudden price drop.

The Confederations Cup, which finished at the start of the month, was used as an opportunity to test facilities and systems ahead of the World Cup.

“Fifa is currently analysing data received from the recent Confederations Cup,” Sorokin told TASS. “Perhaps some changes, including in the tickets policy, would follow.”

The World Cup in 2018 will be held across 11 different cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Tickets are expected to go on sale after the final draw scheduled for December 1 in Moscow.

Meanwhile, Fan ID cards will be required for football fans travelling to Russia in a bid to enhance the tournament’s security measures.

The system, where fans need to fill in a questionnaire with passport data and attach a photo on the website fan-id.ru, was a success during the Confederations Cup, according to Sorokin.

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