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Russia 2018 tickets feature RFID tech

The unveiled 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets will feature RFID electronic ticket validation designed to catch cancelled or counterfeit tickets.

The ticket design for the event has been released with just 66 days until the opening match of the international football tournament.

The tickets feature key security elements including a barcode positioned on the right-hand side and a hologram next to the sector map.

Tickets will be personalised, meaning that the name of the ticket holder will be printed on it. When entering the stadium, fans must have a valid ticket and their Fan ID and have been registered by the ticket purchaser.

All key match-related information, such as the fixture, stadium, date, kick-off and gate opening time, is printed on each ticket.

FIFA has reminded fans that gates will open three hours ahead of each game, with the exception of the opening match and the final, for which gates will open four hours prior to kick-off.

Each ticket also has details on the category, information on how to find the assigned seat as well as a map indicating the stadium sector in which the seat is located.

According to FIFA, over 1.6 million tickets have been already allocated worldwide, after 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).

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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