FIFA said it is happy with ticket sales progress for the 2018 World Cup with 1.6 million passes already sold for the tournament in Russia this June.
With just under three months to go until the international event kicks off, FIFA director of competition Colin Smith, said the governing body was satisfied with the high tempo of ticket sales for matches in all Russian cities, according to TASS news agency.
Smith added that he hopes the interest and investment in the tournament continues until all the remaining tickets have been sold.
The FIFA official also said that football stadiums in all 11 hosting cities across Russia would be ready for the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
According to FIFA, over 1.6 million tickets have been already allocated worldwide, after last week announcing that an aggregate sum of 1,303,616 tickets had been already allocated after both periods of Phase 1 and the first period of Phase 2 of ticket sales.
Two days later, FIFA had already sold a further 356,700 tickets after the launch of its second sales phase.
Phase 3 will run from April 18 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 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.
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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