Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tickets Requested as the First Sales Period Concludes

Tickets Requested as the First Sales Period Concludes

Most of the applications have come from Russian Federation while German, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, Colombian, Egyptian and Polish fans all rank in the top 10 along with supporters from the United States of America and China - despite neither country qualifying. "As soon as many teams have qualified (for the championship), new countries emerged as leaders in terms of ticket requests' process".

Nearly 1.5 million of the requests came in the final 48 hours after several teams including Argentina, Poland, Egypt and Colombia qualified for the tournament.

The world's governing football body also reported in its statement that "around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the Opening Match and more than 300,000 for the Final". This first-come, first-served sales period will end on 28 November and tickets purchased during this sales phase will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, with deliveries planned to start in April/May 2018 (subject to change). Africa only knew two teams, namely Nigeria and Egypt, and we will sure know the rest of the names at the final day of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Each fan will be notified of the outcome of their applications by November 16, 2017.

During the random selection draw sales period, fans had the chance to apply for tickets for every match or for specific ticket products.

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The Daily Star chose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front as he is arguably the highest-profile forward to miss out on the World Cup next year after Gabon failed to qualify.

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.

Participants will learn about Russian highlights, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and how to organize tours to Russia.

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