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FIFA: Over 2.3 mln ticket requests for 2018 World Cup received within two weeks

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Over 2.3 million ticket requests have been submitted within a period of two weeks 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.

"Over 2,300,000 tickets have been requested during sales phase 2, which started on 5 December, with Russian fans leading the chart of nationalities followed by their counterparts from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Spain, Germany, Egypt and China," the statement said.

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.

"FIFA has also made an allocation of tickets available for disabled people in accordance with the number of seats available in the 12 stadiums for people with limited mobility or who are classified as obese," the statement said.

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.

"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," the statement from FIFA reads.

"Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email," according to the statement.

On December 1, the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow hosted the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which 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.

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.