The United States, who did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has accrued the most international ticket sales for the tournament in Russia, which kicks off today (Thursday).

Second only to host nation Russia, the US has snapped up more than 88,825 World Cup passes, around a 10th of the home nation’s take up of 871,797.

The rest of the top 10 countries included Brazil with 72,512, Colombia with 65,234, Germany with 62,541, Mexico with 60,302, Argentina with 54,031, Peru with 43,583, China with 40,251, Australia with 36,359 and England with 32,362.

Similarly, China failed to make the cut for the 2018 edition of the international football spectacle, but still made the top 10 list in ticket sales. 

More than 2.4 million tickets have been allocated for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, though ticket sales will go on untilJuly 15 when the international football tournament final is played in Moscow, so final allocations could still fluctuate.

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 (today) and July 15 at 12 stadiums.

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