Russia World Cup 2018 tickets: an overview
FIFA have officially opened the ticket portal for the first stage of purchase with the system experiencing difficulties due to high volumes of traffic.
The Russia 2018 World Cup kick's off on June 14 and concludes on July 15 and as of today fans can apply for tickets for the event.
At present only eight national teams have confirmed their presence at the competition but football fans can buy tickets for single games, specific cities or the standard "follow your team" package.
The ticket price for the opening game in Moscow involving the host nation in Group A are more than double than the rest of the opening group phase with the cheapest category 3 ticket costing 220 euro with the best seat in the house (category 1) tickets being available for 550 euro for the tournament opener.
The remainder of the group phase once again features three tiers of pricing with the most economic being a cat. 3 ticket at 105 euro, category 2 priced a 165 and the top tickets on sale at 210 euro.
As the tournament progresses the ticket prices also start to increase pro-rata. A round of 16 match ticket can be secured for 115 euro with a quarter final game ranging from 175 to 365 euro.
The piggy banks will need to be broken open for a 2018 final ticket on July 15 with a category 3 ticket priced at 455 euro and 1100 euro being the asking price to witness the 2018 World Cup winners lift the trophy under the Moscow sky.
Due to high demand the FIFA ticket portal was struggling to deal with the volume of online traffic but the organisers were active on the official Twitter feed in supplying users with relevant information in relation to the application for match tickets.