Ticket sales for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia will resume on Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis.
A total of 622,117 tickets were successfully allocated upon conclusion of the first window of sales in October.
Almost 3.5 million tickets had initially been requested with many ticket products and matches being heavily oversubscribed, requiring the allocation of tickets through a random selection draw process.
During this process Fifa also identified a number of ticket applications that were not eligible to enter into the random selection draw, for example ticket applications for team-specific ticket series for teams that are no longer able to qualify, as well as ticket applications that violated the household restrictions.
From the total number of applications, the majority have come from Russia, and based on the results of the Random Selection Draw process, 57 per cent of tickets were allocated to Russian fans.
Tickets allocated to international fans account for 43 per cent, and the US, Chinese, German, Brazilian, Israeli, English, Finnish, Mexican and French fans all rank in the top 10.
The upcoming sales period from November 16 to 28 will allow fans to purchase tickets in real time with immediate confirmation of successful applications.
“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from both Russian and international fans so far. With only a few teams still to qualify, we are again expecting high demand once sales resume on Thursday,” said Fifa head of ticketing Falk Eller.
“Considering such remarkable interest in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia from fans all over the world, we would like to once again stress that the only official, legitimate and at the same time user-friendly source to purchase tickets is the Fifa.com/tickets website.
“Fans who purchase tickets from other sources put themselves at significant risk of missing out on the World Cup, and of course we would not want that to happen.”