Ticket sale will be divided into several phases so football fans from all over the world will have the chance to see the World Cup.
The first phase of ticket sales will be divided into two stages. The first stage, during which football fans will be able to apply for tickets, will end on 12 October. Everyone will have an equal chance of being picked, regardless of the date the application is filed. If the number of applications is higher than the number of available seats, tickets will be distributed randomly based on a drawing. Those who submit application forms will be informed of their status by 16 November.
The second stage will last from 16 August to 28 November. During this stage tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.
The second sales phase will consist of two stages as well. The first one starts right after the official World Cup drawings, which will be held on 1 December. From 5 December to 31 January 2018, fans will be able to purchase tickets on a random selection draw basis. The second stage will run from 13 March to 3 April 2018, and fans will be able to purchase tickets on a first come first served basis.
Tickets will be delivered to their owners free several weeks before the tournament. The delivery will not begin before April 2018.
Those who haven’t seen the World Cup will have their last chance during the third and final sales phase. It will begin on 18 April and end on 15 July 2018, on the day of the final match. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
During the first sales phase fans will be able to purchase tickets to a specific match, and ticket series to a specific stadium where Group Matches (not including the Opening Match), the Round of 16 and the 3rd Place Match will be held. If Luzhniki Stadium is chosen, purchasers will see three Group Matches and the Round of 16. The ticket series does not include a ticket to the Opening Match, the Semi-Final or the Final.
There will also be ticket series to follow the matches of a certain team. Having purchased these ticket series, fans will be able to visit from three to seven matches. These tickets series will only be available during the first sales phase.
Just as with the World Cups of 2010 and 2014, residents of the host country will get exclusive rights to a special category tickets. For Russians, these tickets will start at 1280 roubles.
Moreover, FIFA will provide special tickets for disabled and overweight people and people with low mobility as well.
Fan ID card
To get to the stadium, fans will have to obtain not only the ticket itself, but also a Fan ID card. This measure was introduced in order to provide better security for football fans and eliminate the possibility of ticket reselling. You can apply for this free ID documentation right after receiving your ticket confirmation.
Moreover, foreign tourists will be able to use the Fan ID card to enter Russia visa-free and take free rides on public transit on match days and on special trains circulating between the World Cup host cities.
FIFA 2018 World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in 11 Russian cities – Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk. Moscow will host 12 matches, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 World Cup.