Almost five million tickets have been requested in the most recent sales phase for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which ended today.

Most applications came from the host nation with 2.5 million, while Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Peru, Colombia, USA and the Netherlands make up the top 10 countries. Overall, international demand accounts for 49 per cent.

The current sales phase was launched on December 5 and ended today (Wednesday) at 12pm Moscow time.

A random selection draw process will be carried out to determine which fans will be awarded tickets. Football fans will be informed of the outcome by mid-March 2018 at the latest.

The next opportunity to purchase tickets for the international tournament will commence on March 13, when tickets will be sold in real time on a first come, first served basis at FIFA.com/tickets which means the tickets will be confirmed at the time of purchase.

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.

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.

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