The first wave of tickets for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia will go on sale on Thursday this week.
The tournament , which begins on 14 June next year with Russia playing the opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, already has seven countries booking their places alongside the hosts — which includes five-time winners Brazil, Belgium, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
With the offer of tickets prices that range from £79 for a second-round group match to £829 for the final in Moscow, fans will be able to submit their applications via FIFA’s website and tickets will be sold in two phases.
Those applications, which can be made up to 12 October 2017, will enter into a random selection draw if there are not enough tickets available to fulfil all requests, and each applicant will be subsequently notified of the outcome of their applications by 16 November 2017.
The first phase of sales then concludes in the period from 16 November to 28 November, during which tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Another phase will begin on 5 December after the draw is made and there will also be a “last-minute” sales phase from 18 April to 15 July, the day of the World Cup final.
The most expensive ticket for the 2018 World Cup final, £829 is a £151 increase on the equivalent ticket at the Brazil 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro. However, Russia residents will enjoy a special price category with tickets starting at £17 in line with previous ticketing policies.