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Direct ticket sales for 2018 FIFA World Cup start in Moscow

May 01, 18:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ticketing centers opened in 11 Russian cities on April 18 but it was only possible to print out previously purchased tickets there, while direct sales stared at 14:00 Moscow time on May 1

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MOSCOW, May 1. /TASS/. Direct ticket sales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup have started at the main FIFA Ticketing Center in Moscow, a TASS correspondent reported.

Ticketing centers opened in 11 Russian cities on April 18 but it was only possible to print out previously purchased tickets there, while direct sales stared at 14:00 Moscow time (11:00 GMT) on May 1.

According to volunteers, only Category One tickets for matches set to be played in the city of Volgograd and Category One tickets for the match between Panama and Tunisia, scheduled to take place in Saransk, were still available at 14:30 Moscow time.

Ticket categories

FIFA revealed ticket prices for the 2018 World Cup in July 2016. There are four categories of tickets. The category three tickets prices range from $105 to $285, the category two tickets cost from $165 to $480, while the category one ticket prices range from $210 to $750.

The discounted category four tickets are reserved only for Russian citizens. The cheapest category four ticket is worth 1,280 rubles ($21.5).

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, will be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay will make up Group A, while Group B will include Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco. Group C is going to consist of France, Australia, Peru and Denmark, while Group D will be Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Group E will be composed of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Group F has Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, while Group G will encompass Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England. Finally, Group H has Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.

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