MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Some two million ticket requests have been submitted within a week after 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.
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 early last week that during both periods of Phase 1 ticket sales, a total of 742,760 tickets were allocated.
The second period of Phase 2 dubbed as "First-come, first served" will open on March 13, 2018 and provide sales services until its closure on April 3, 2018.
The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup 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.
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.