FIFA ticketing centres in Moscow have launched direct sales for the 2018 World Cup.

While the ticketing centres officially opened in 11 Russian host cities on April 18, fans were only able to print out previously purchased tickets there.

TASS news agency reported that volunteers said that only Category One tickets for matches set to be played in the city of Volgograd and Category One tickets for the match between Panama and Tunisia, scheduled to take place in Saransk, were still available.

According to FIFA, more than 1.6 million tickets have already been allocated worldwide with 43 days to go until the event kicks off.

Phase 3, which is the current sales period, started on April 18 and will run up until the final match day of the competition and the remaining tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come first-serve basis.

The number of tickets allocated to international customers during the second random selection sales window accounts for 65 per cent.

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.

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