Football Frenzy around the globe has continually seen a sky-high surge in demand for the FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets.
A few hours after an additional inventory of 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets became available at FIFA.com/tickets, 120,000 tickets have already been allocated and currently, only a limited inventory for selected matches is remaining available for purchase online, FIFA has announced today.
The world governing body of football is using a traffic light system on its official ticket sales website FIFA.com/tickets that will give fans an indication of ticket availability.
Since the start of sales over 2.5 million tickets have been allocated to date to fans all around the world. Ticket sales at FIFA.com/tickets are ongoing until 15 July, the day of the grand finale.
Due to the possibility of tickets being continuously resold through FIFA.com/tickets, tickets for specific matches, which at some point could be unavailable, may possibly become available again, FIFA has said in a statement on its official website.
A special ticket transfer and resale platform has been launched at FIFA.com/tickets, allowing ticket holders to change guests and resell their tickets in accordance with the set policies. FIFA reminds all fans that main ticket applicants cannot transfer their own tickets, but can transfer them from their original guests to other guests.
“Given the remarkable level of interest from all over the world, FIFA would like to remind all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets. Tickets obtained from any other source will be automatically cancelled once identified and will not entitle the ticket holder to access the stadium or to any refund or other compensation. FIFA has recently welcomed the amendments to the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses, which significantly increase the fines that may be imposed regarding the unauthorised resale and distribution of tickets to up to 30 times the face value of the ticket,” mentions the FIFA statement.
FIFA has been closely working in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales. FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a serious issue and has dealt with the recent issues strictly. As a result, a number of unauthorised online ticket sale offers via websites and on social media in various countries have been removed in recent months.
Furthermore, on 4 June 2018 FIFA filed a criminal complaint against Viagogo, a Geneva-based online ticket marketplace portal Viagogo, for illegal and unauthorised resale of the FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets. A criminal complaint for a breach of the law on unfair competition has been filed against Viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva.
The action against the company was taken after receiving numerous complaints from individuals, consumer protection bodies. FIFA has said that the tickets purchased via unauthorised distribution channels, including all tickets purchased through Viagogo, will be cancelled by FIFA once identified.