More than three million ticket requests have been submitted in little more than a month for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Organisers said that football fans from all over the world have entered 3.14 million requests during the current window, which opened on December 5 and closes on January 31.
The first phase of sales, which closed in November, saw 740,000 tickets sold, which was 98 per cent of those available. More than 3.5 million requests were made during the first phase.
FIFA said: “With 150 days left until the start of the biggest single-sport event in the world, the demand for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia tickets keeps increasing – both from domestic and international football fans.”
So far, most of the applications have come from Russia, with fans from Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, USA, Spain, Poland and China representing the top 10 countries from abroad.
FIFA said that international demand accounts for 38 per cent of requests.
Last month it was revealed that England was in 18th position in terms of international fans’ applications, accounting for just 0.5 per cent of ticket requests during the second phase.
Fans will be informed as to whether they have been successful on March 12.
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.