More than a million ticket requests were made when sales resumed for the 2018 Fifa World Cup yesterday (Tuesday).
World football’s governing body described “another wave of worldwide interest” as around 1.3 million requests were made in the first 24 hours of the second sales phase.
More than 740,000 tickets were sold and allocated in the two periods of sales phase one which ended in late November.
Fifa said that most applications have come from Russia while international demand “remains high” and accounts for 34 per cent. Fans from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, China and Poland, but not England or Germany, all currently rank in top 10.
The reopening of sales comes after the World Cup draw was made last week, with fans now sure of when and where their teams will be playing.
Fifa said: “Fans are able to apply for individual match tickets for all matches (except for the opening match and the final), venue-specific tickets and supporter tickets. In the event that the number of tickets requested exceeds the available inventory, allocation will be based on a random-selection draw procedure.”
Tickets for the World Cup final are available for between $1,100 (£820/€930) and $120, with group-stage match tickets costing between $215 and $21.