FIFA, the world governing body for football has announced the availability and pricing of the tickets for the next year’s World Cup to be held in Russia. The first wave of tickets will go on sale on Thursday. Fans will be able to submit their applications via Fifa’s website for the tickets.
Tickets would initially be made available on FIFA’s website in two phases, to be followed by last-minute sales. Prices range from $105 (INR 6,700) for the cheapest seats at group stage matches to $1,100 (INR 70,500) for the most expensive seats at the final.
“We have put in place a ticketing system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets. Throughout history, fans have made a key contribution to the fascination of the FIFA World Cup. Russia promises to be a unique continuation of this history, with outstanding organisation and a great atmosphere in the stadiums,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
The cheapest seats, Category 3, will cost from $105 (INR 6,700) for group stage matches. The prices keep increasing as the tournament progresses. Tickets for the quarter-finals are priced at $175 (INR 11,200) and at $455 (INR 29,000) for the final.
Category 1 seats will cost around $550 (INR 35,000) in the group stage and $1,100 (INR 70,500) for the final.
FIFA has announced that there would also be a Category 4 price band, available only to Russian residents at discounted prices varying between 1,280 roubles ($22.19) for group stage games to 7,040 roubles ($ 122) for the final. A similar policy was used in Brazil in 2014.
The first phase of ticket sales will run from September 14 to November 16 and the second from December5 to January 31 and then March 13 to April 3. Last-minute sales would be offered between April 18 and July 15, the day of the final.
FIFA will also ensure a dedicated allocation of tickets for disabled people, people with limited mobility and fans classified as obese. FIFA also confirmed that all supporters would need an official identity document known as a FAN ID, issued by the Russian authorities, to attend games.
The tournament begins on 14 June with Russia playing the opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Seven countries have already booked their places. Five-time winners Brazil, Belgium, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are confirmed participants along with hosts Russia.