Who is involved, which teams are seeded and when are the matches?

13 October, 2017, 17:02 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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There is also the fear of potential violence after England fans were targeted by Russian hooligans in France previous year - yet England did rank in the top 10 for ticket requests prior to the final round of qualifying matches.

FIFA says football fans have already requested for 3,496,204 World Cup tickets.

German, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, American, Colombian, Egyptian, Chinese and Polish requests all rank in the top 10.

Both matches will be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The world football governing body made the announcement as the first sales period ends on Thursday.

Given the number of applications is more than the available number of tickets, they will be allocated by a random selection draw process. By contrast fans were ranked the fifth-highest in attendance at the previous World Cup in Brazil. On November 16, lucky winners will be notified, and sales will open back up on a first-come, first-served basis until November 28.

At present, 23 national teams have secured participation in the World Cup's final round: teams from Russian Federation (as the host country), England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, Iran, Iceland, Spain, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Uruguay, France, South Korea and Japan.

Matches will be held between June 14 - July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russian Federation.

Both the FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the stadiums.

Sales Phase 1 will restart on 16 November with a first-come, first-served sales period when the fans will be able to purchase 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets in real time on FIFA.com/tickets with immediate confirmation of successful application.

Hosts Russia have been joined by Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina who have all qualified.

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