MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Over 164,000 tickets for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup were sold within a 24-hour period after the third and the final phase of ticket sales for the world championship kicked off on Wednesday, the FIFA said in a statement.
The statement from the world’s governing football body, FIFA, said that "164,136 tickets have been allocated to fans around the world… in the first 24 hours of the last-minute sales phase, which started on 18 April at 12:00 Moscow time."
"Most of the tickets have been allocated to Russian fans (87,902), followed by fans from Argentina (7,740), Mexico (6,598), Brazil (6,198), USA (5,780), Germany (5,181), Peru (3,799), Colombia (3,756), China (2,930), Egypt (2,370) and India (1,905) - the top ten countries from abroad," the statement said.
Ticket sales’ Phase 3, dubbed as the "Last Minute Sales," runs starting April 18 up until the final match day of the competition in July and the remaining tickets are available for purchase on a first-come first-serve basis.
"This last-minute sales will be open until 15 July 2018. In this phase, fans are able to purchase tickets online, subject to availability, in real time and on a first-come, first-served basis," the statement from the FIFA said.
The world’s football organization keeps reminding that "at the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a Fan-ID - the official identity document issued to fans."
Russia came up for this FIFA World Cup with an innovation, which is the so-called Fan-ID and it is required for all ticketholders. This innovation was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body.
The Fan-ID plays an important security role during the major football tournament in Russia as it grants admittance to the stadiums and also serves as visa for foreign visitors to enter the country.
A Fan-ID holder is allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament. Fan-IDs are obligatory, in addition to purchased tickets, in order to attend matches of the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 57 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.