MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Ticket sales for the much-anticipated matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next summer in 11 cities across Russia, will resume on Tuesday, December 5, the FIFA announced in its statement on Monday.
The Phase 2 of ticket sales for the quadrennial world football championship will be divided into two periods, just like during the preceding Phase 1.
The first period of the Phase 2 ticket sales begins on Tuesday and will last until January 31, 2018.
"Fans will be able to apply for individual match tickets for all matches except for the Opening Match and the Final, venue-specific tickets and supporter tickets and, if the number of applications exceeds the number of available tickets, allocation will be based on a random selection draw procedure," according to FIFA’s statement.
The date of December 5 will also see the resumption of ticket sales in the Category 4, which was especially introduced by FIFA for this upcoming world football championship and is reserved exclusively for Russian residents.
The second period of Phase 2 dubbed as "First-come, first served" opens on March 13, 2018 and the sales window will be open until April 3, 2018.
"Fans will be able to purchase tickets in real time on FIFA.com/tickets with immediate confirmation of successful application, subject to availability," the statement said.
The world’s governing body of football also stated that during both periods of Phase 1 ticket sales, held earlier this year, "A total of 742,760 tickets were allocated."
"While most of the applications in sales Phase 1 came from Russia, international demand increased steadily and has accounted for 47% of all applications so far," the FIFA announced. "Fans from the USA, Brazil, Germany, China, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and England all rank in the top ten in this regard."
The resumption of ticket sales comes in the wake of the Final Draw, which was held on December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow and determined the group breakdown for the FIFA flagship event next year. A total of 32 national football squads were divided into eight groups with four teams in each:
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan.
Eleven cities across Russia will host 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.