In just 20 short days, Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 ticket phase is met with 17 million requests all over the world
The first phase of FIFA ticket phase has attracted nearly two million requests within just the first 24 hours, but what does the first ticket phase even mean?
During first sales period, which starts from 13:00 of the 29th of January and finishes on 8 February 2022 at 13:00 (Doha time), fans will be able to submit their ticket applications to attend the event. In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available ticket inventory for the domestic or international market, 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 Tuesday, 8 March
According to the official FIFA site, there are four ticket categories for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™:
- Category 1 is the highest priced and located in prime areas within the stadium.
- Category 2 and Category 3 are seating areas within the stadium separate to the Category 1 area.
- Category 4 is a seating area within the stadium separate to the Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 seating areas. This category is reserved exclusively for residents of Qatar.*
Furthermore, there are further classifications of tickets available for purchase, which includes:
- Individual match tickets – Ticket applicable for specific matches
- Team-specific ticket series – Ticket applicable for all matches which a certain team is playing in
- Four-stadium ticket series – Ticket packages for those who want to attend one match on a selected number of matchdays while visiting four different stadiums
- Accessibility tickets – Tickets for disabled members with limited mobility
First Ticket Phase
In the first ticket phase, the World Cup Finals scheduled on the 18th of December at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium has received 1.8 million total ticket requests.
Argentina, Brazil, England, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the US were recorded as the hottest markets for ticket applications. However, the largest requests of the market comes from none other than the host country, Qatar, itself.
Those who have been successful, partially successful, and unsuccessful will be contacted by March 8 and told of the next steps they can take and the deadline of when they must pay.
In fact, the ticket phase for Qatar World Cup 2022 has easily triumphed all past records. The first ticket phases of Brazil World Cup 2014 has totaled 10 million ticket requests while Russia World Cup 2018 has totaled 5 million ticket requests. It seems like enthusiasts all over the world is scrambling to scratch the football itch after two years of being chained down from the global pandemic.
It is expected that the ticket purchase period will be somewhere between 8th of March to the 1st of April which will operate on a first-come-first-serve basis.