More than 1.3 million tickets have been allocated for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia since the start of sales in September.
The numbers for the most recent sales phase, which ended on January 31, have been confirmed, with 568,448 tickets allocated.
This number is in addition to the 735,168 tickets sold during the first phase, which makes a total of 1,303,616.
“With only 94 days left until the FIFA World Cup opening match, we continue to be very happy with the outcome of ticket sales,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
“The huge demand by both local and international fans highlights the great sense of anticipation and excitement that Russia 2018 is sparking around the world.”
Many matches and ticket products were highly oversubscribed, which again required a random selection draw for ticket allocation.
The vast majority of tickets allocated in the most recent round are going to Russian fans (197,832) followed by fans from Colombia (33,048), Brazil (24,656), Peru (21,946), Germany (21,639), USA (20,347), Mexico (18,155), Australia (15,906), Argentina (15.214), England (14,890) and Poland (13,686).
The number of tickets allocated to international customers during the second random selection sales window accounts for 65 per cent.
FIFA head of ticketing Falk Eller said: “Such a great interest obviously caused many matches to be fully overbooked, but we have set up a transparent and fair process of ticket allocation based on a random selection draw procedure, which ensures that each and every application has an equal chance of being successful. Fans who were not so lucky can still be part of the FIFA World Cup in Russia as sales restart on Tuesday.”
The next opportunity to purchase tickets will kick off tomorrow (Tuesday) on March 13 at FIFA.com/tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that fans will be able to purchase tickets in real time after successful payment.
Eleven host cities will be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. They are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums.
Image: Russia 2018