MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. Over 1.3 million ticket requests have been submitted over the past 24 hours as the second phase of ticket sales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was launched on December 5, the FIFA said in its statement on Wednesday.
"Within the first 24 hours, fans from all over the world requested 1.318,109 tickets as the random-selection draw sales period goes on until 31 January 2018," FIFA’s statement said.
"Currently, most applications have come from Russia while international demand remains high and accounts for 34 percent. Fans from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, China and Poland all currently rank in top ten," according to the statement.
The Phase 2 of ticket sales for the quadrennial world football championship was divided into two periods, just like during the preceding Phase 1.
The first period of the Phase 2 ticket sales was launched on December 5 and would last until January 31, 2018.
December 5 was also the date for 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 world’s governing body of football stated earlier in the week that during both periods of Phase 1 ticket sales, "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 on Monday. "Fans from the USA, Brazil, Germany, China, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and England all rank in the top ten in this regard."
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," according to the FIFA.
After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and last week the Russian capital held the Final Draw for the championship.
The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held last Friday 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.
The country 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.
In late October, the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media announced the launch of a registration process for obtaining new Fan-IDs, which are required to attend matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Fan-ID plays an important role in the provision of security 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 holder of the Fan-ID is allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournaments as well as for the period of ten days before and after both of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup.
Fan-IDs are obligatory in addition for purchased tickets to attend matches of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup tournaments in Russia. They were available free of charge at designated areas located in all hosting cities across Russia as well as via e-mails and postal services during the Confederations Cup.