What seemed like a slow start to ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year has suddenly burst into a revelation as after the final World Cup draw held last Friday around 1,318,109 tickets were requested in the first 24 hours from when the sales window re-opened on December 6th.
FIFA said that most applicants in this sales window have come from Russia whereas international demand made up for 34% of the tickets. A FIFA Press release said, "Fans from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, China and Poland all currently rank in top ten."
The current sales window will be closing on January 31 and fans can apply for individual match tickets for all matches (except for the opening match and the final). Also, wherever there is more demand for tickets than the available seats, tickets will be allocated via random-selection draw procedure.
FIFA allocated 742,760 tickets in the first round of sales with Russians accounting for 53% of the total ticket demand up till today. The crazy rise can be seen in comparison to 2 million tickets requested in the first window which closed in October.
The second phase of ticket sales has been opened up for the official supporters category for the 32 qualified teams. FIFA additionally reveal that all ticket holders need to apply for a FAN ID which acts as their official identity document in Russia. That ID is required to enter stadiums as well as providing visa-free entry to the Russian Federation and also free inter-host city travel as well as free use of public transport on match days.