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Argentina, Brazil and England lead the way in 2022 World Cup ticket sales

More than 1.2 million tickets have been sold for the 2022 World Cup, organisers have confirmed with with 23.5 million ticket requests having been received for the tournament.

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An aerial view of Khalifa Stadium stadium at sunrise on June 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar
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More than 1.2 million tickets have been sold for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, organisers have confirmed with 23.5 million ticket requests coming in largest numbers from Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, according to FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.

“I think about 1.2 million tickets have already been purchased. So people are actually buying and people are excited to come,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

A total of two million tickets will be available during the 28-day tournament in November and December, he said.

The next opportunity to purchase World Cup tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but the date has not been announced yet.

World Cup qualification matches have now concluded and all 32 available slots for the tournament have been secured.

An aerial view of Ahmad Bin Ali stadium at sunset on June 23, 2022 in Al Rayyan
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An aerial view of Ahmad Bin Ali stadium at sunset on June 23, 2022 in Al RayyanDavid RamosGetty

Qatar hopes to attract 1.2 million visitors during the World Cup, nearly half of its population.

Organisers are working to avoid price-gouging fans, and, although the local business community should benefit, the tournament should be affordable and accessible for fans, Al Thawadi said at the Qatar Economic Forum organised by Bloomberg.

A central concern has been the cost and availability of accommodation in the Gulf Arab state, which has fewer than 30,000 hotel rooms, according to the most recent estimates by Qatar Tourism. Eighty percent of those rooms are currently allocated to FIFA’s guests, organisers said.

“In terms of availability, we’ve tried to ensure that we provide different offerings on different categories. So from the affordable, which range from $80 to $100 a night all the way to the pricier ones in terms of five-star hotels,” Al Thawadi said.

Qatar has boosted non-hotel accommodation, making 65,000 rooms in villas and apartments available for fans to book and around 4,000 rooms in two cruise ships moored in Doha port.