With more than two third of the 32 contestants decided, the demand for World Cup match tickets are expected to rise when the sale resumes mid next month.

The first phase of the sales which began on September 14 was concluded this Thursday. Ticket sales will resume on November 16.

By the time the next phase will open, the nine team spots for the 32-team competition would have been filled.

The qualified teams so far are: hosts Russia, who have been joined by Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.

According to a media release by FIFA, excitement is building prior to body’s flagship event and ticket requests have been high since 14 September: The number of tickets requested for as at Thursday stood at 3,496,204.

Most of the applications have come from Russia, while international demand accounts for more than 30 per cent.

German, Brazilian, Argentinean, Mexican, US, Colombian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Polish fans all rank in the top 10, while around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the opening match and more than 300,000 for the final match.

During the Random Selection Draw sales period, which ended today at 12.00 Moscow time, fans had the chance to apply for tickets for every match or for specific ticket products on

In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available inventory, tickets will be allocated by a random selection draw process. All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of their applications by 16 November 2017.

At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans.

Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they received their ticket confirmation email following the confirmation of the outcome of the random selection draw.

The FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums.

Having a FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country, such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on match days. For further details, please visit