* Over half a million tickets sold in latest sales period
* High demand from Arab region, Americas and Europe
* Launch date for next sales phase to be announced in late September
* Over-the-counter sales will also start in Doha following launch of last-minute sales phase
With less than 100 days to go until the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a total of 2.45mn tickets have now been sold.
This was announced by FIFA in a statement on Thursday.
The first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East and Arab world will kick off on November 20, bringing fans from the region and across the world together in a compact and modern setting, with Qatar, the US, England, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the UAE, France, Argentina, Brazil and Germany leading the ranking of ticket sales by country of residence.
In the last sales period alone, which ran from July 5 to August 16 when fans were able to buy tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via FIFA.com/tickets, a total of 520,532 tickets were sold.
The biggest number of allocated tickets were for group-stage matches such as Cameroon vs Brazil, Brazil vs Serbia, Portugal vs Uruguay, Costa Rica vs Germany, and Australia vs Denmark. Fans living in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the US, Mexico, the UAE, England, Argentina, Brazil, Wales and Australia led the way – and the digital queues – by securing the biggest number of tickets, according to FIFA.
Fans who now hold confirmation for one or more matches in their FIFA ticketing account are encouraged to start planning their trip as soon as possible by booking their accommodation, if living outside of Qatar, and by applying for their Hayya (the Fan ID for the tournament) via qatar2022.qa or the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app (available on iOS and Android).
An approved Hayya application, alongside a valid match ticket, will grant spectators access to stadiums, provide entry to Qatar for international fans, and offer free public transport on matchdays, along with a host of other benefits.
Those who have not yet secured their seats, or those who would simply like to take advantage of Qatar’s compact nature by adding more matches to their programme, should keep an eye on FIFA.com/tickets from late September onwards when the launch date of the last-minute sales phase will be communicated. During the last-minute sales phase, which will run until the end of the tournament, tickets will also be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and confirmed immediately after payment.
FIFA.com/tickets is the only official channel for the general public to buy tickets, with fans urged to stay away from unauthorised websites.
Over-the-counter sales will also start in Doha following the launch of the last-minute sales phase.