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Fifa: tickets on sale for World Cup 2018 as of Thursday

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Fifa: tickets on sale for World Cup 2018 as of Thursday

Fifa: tickets on sale for World Cup 2018 as of Thursday

MLADEN ANTONOV

AFP

The world governing body has announced that fans will be able to start the application process for the Russia World Cup this week.

Tickets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia go on sale from Thursday, Fifa have confirmed.

Tickets will be sold in two phases, the first of which has an application period which runs from September 14 to October 12. Fans can apply for individual match tickets, tickets for a specific venue or ticket strips to follow the national team of their choice in this phase.

Applications for tickets can only be made on the FIFA website (www.fifa.com/tickets) and anyone who applies during the first phase of sales will be informed of the success or failure of their applications by November 16.

The first phase then concludes with a period between November 16 and 28 during which tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

FIfa: fans will get "fair chance" for tickets of choice

"We have put in place a ticketing system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets," FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said in a statement.

The second phase of ticket sales has also been split into two periods. The first runs from December 5, 2017 to January 31, 2018, with allocations in this period to be decided by a random selection draw.

From March 13 to April 3, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will also be a "last-minute" sales phase from April 18 to July 15, the day of the World Cup final, which will also be implemented on a first-come, first-served basis.

All fans attending matches at the World Cup will also need to apply for a FAN ID, a free official identity document required by the Russian authorities.

The FAN ID includes benefits such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, as well as free use of public transport on matchdays.

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