Contents of the article
- 2. How much are the 2018 World Cup tickets?
- 3. How to buy 2018 World Cup tickets?
- 4. FIFA World Cup tickets delivery & collection
- 5. Scam with the FIFA World Cup tickets
- 6. Can I apply for a Category 4 tickets if I am not a Russian resident?
- 7. Can I enter the stadium with a ticket that has someone else’s name?
- 8. How to resell and transfer the World Cup tickets?
- 9. What is Fan-ID and how to apply for it?
If you are still didn’t get any World Cup tickets make sure to buy them ASAP during the Last Minute Sales Phase on FIFA’s website. Tickets to most games are already sold out but some are still available: Sweden vs Korea, Tunisia vs England, Nigeria vs Iceland, Saudi Arabia vs Egypt, Iran vs Portugal, Switzerland vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Tunisia and Japan vs Poland. If you already applied for a Fan-ID, you could also look up for tickets and buy them from the other people elsewhere: Stubhub, Facebook groups, forums and etc.
UPDATE as of April 18.
It looks like FIFA is starting to deliver the tickets. My tickets which I got in October were already delivered to me on April 18. My mailing address is in Russia. So yo can expect your tickets to be delivered pretty soon as well unless you got them during the Last minute sales!
UPDATE as of October 31: I got two tickets to the Semifinal game in Moscow during the Random draw phase. Very happy about it as so far it’s the only request I’ve made. I am going to try to buy more tickets later during the First Come First Served phase in March.
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Are you planning to travel to 2018 World Cup in Russia and looking for an information on how to buy World Cup tickets?
If yes, then I have to say that you came to the right place! I’ve been to the previous World Cup in Brazil, the 2017 Confederations Cup, and I have a knowledge of how FIFA’s ticketing system work.
Here, I will share with you all the things that you should know about the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.
Let’s start with the most common questions you might have. If you have a question that is not mentioned in the article don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below this post. I’ll be happy to help you out! I’ve already answered to 500+ questions!
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1. When do the 2018 World Cup tickets go on sale?
Technically, the sale of the tickets for the 2018 World Cup has started a while ago – the most expensive VIP tickets went on sale on June 7, 2016.
How about regular priced tickets?
They’ll be sold in three sales phases, just like it was for the World Cup in Brazil four years ago. Take a closer look here:
Sales Phase 1
Sales Phase 1 will start with the “Random Selection Draw Period” (World Cup ticket lottery) on September 14, 2017, until October 12, 2017.
This sale period is happening before the draw, which will take place in December. Which means that we don’t know yet who will play with whom in the group stage – you kind of taking a shot in the dark applying for these tickets.
You can apply for the individual tickets (to a specific game), team-specific tickets (example: games of the England football team) and venue-specific tickets (example: tickets to the games at the Volgograd Arena).
If you are only interested in tickets to the games of your favorite national team, I’ll recommend you to apply for team-specific tickets (TST). You can do it even if your team has yet to qualify for the 2018 World Cup (you’ll get a refund if your team won’t qualify so there is no risk). TST packages may include between 3 to 7 games and they are only available during the Sales Phase 1:
- TST3 – 3 games on the group stage;
- TST4 – group + Round of 16;
- TST5 – group + Round of 16 + Quarter-Final;
- TST6 – group + Round of 16 + Quarter-Final + Semi-Final;
- TST7 – group + Round of 16 + Quarter-Final + Semi-Final + Final.
Getting one of the TST packages in my personal opinion is the best way to get the tickets. I am pretty positive, that in the lottery FIFA first gives out tickets to those who applied for team-specific and venue-specific packages. And if you get the TST7 package – it includes a ticket to the World Cup final, which is extremely hard to get.
You may have a question what happens if let’s say, you get the TST7 package, but your team won’t make it that far. The team-specific tickets are unconditional, which means that you get tickets to all those matches whether or not your team will advance.
Example: you got England TST7 World Cup package. Let’s say, England will lose to Brazil in Quarter-Final. In this case, you’ll still have a ticket to the Semi-Final Brazil’s game and the World Cup Final as well.
A thing to know about the “Random Selection Draw Period” is that once you apply, you don’t actually get the tickets right away. And there is a chance you won’t get them. At the end of the period, there will be a lottery which will pick successful applicants. If you are a lucky winner, FIFA will inform you, and you’ll be charged for the tickets. If not, you’ll be notified that your request was not successful and you’ll have to try to get the World Cup tickets later during the “First Come First Served” period. In that case, you won’t get charged.
It doesn’t affect your chances of getting the tickets if you apply right from the start or on the last day of the Random Selection Draw phase.
Tip: apply for tickets that are in low (they are marked in green color) or medium (amber color) demand. You are unlikely to win the tickets that are in high demand (they are red) as it means that there are a lot more applicants seeking tickets than there are tickets available.
What else… Keep in mind that tickets to the World Cup in Russia are in high demand. During the first day of sales, there already was over half a million ticket requests. And not all of them will be successful.
Let’s move on to the second part of the Sales Phase 1 – “First Come First Served”, which will be happening from November, 16 to November, 28. “First Come First Served” sales – it’s how you would normally purchase tickets to any other event. You go to the website, see if tickets are available and if yes, then you buy them. You’ll find out right away if your request was successful or not without a lottery.
There is a trick for the “First Come First Served” stage: try to beat everyone and buy the tickets the minute they go on sale. The only problem is that so many people apply all at once, which causes FIFA’s website to crash. I’ve read on a few forums that people suggested using Microsoft Edge browser to purchase tickets – it worked better than other browsers. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, just to give you a heads up.
Sales Phase 2
The second period of sales of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets will be happening after the Final Draw in December. That’s when we will find out the groups and the schedule. Just like in the Sales Phase 1, it will start with the “Random Selection Draw” (December, 5 – January, 31) and will be followed by the “First Come First Served” period (March, 13 – April, 3).
Sales Phase 3 – last-minute sales
Last minute sales period will be happening from April, 18 until the end of the tournament and it will only be the “First Come First Served” leftover tickets.
2. How much are the 2018 World Cup tickets?
As I mentioned before, the price of the 2018 World Cup VIP packages starts from $5,850 to almost $3M a package.
What about the price of the individual tickets?
Above you can see how much the 2018 World Cup tickets cost.
Overall, the tickets are a little bit more expensive compared to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Important: all ticket prices apply to both adults and children, regardless of the age of a child.
Ticket prices for non-Russian residents (Categories 1-3)
Category 1 is the highest priced individual tickets with the price range from $210 to $1100. A single game Category 1 ticket to the Final match of the 2018 World Cup will cost $1100.
Category 1 seating is located in prime areas on the sides of the venues as you can see on the picture below.
Category 3 seating is located behind the goal and is twice as cheaper than Category 1. 2nd Category tickets are priced and are located in the middle of 1st and 3rd.
Ticket prices for Russian residents
Russian residents are being offered much cheaper 2018 World Cup tickets (Category 4). Category 4 ticket-holders will have seats right behind the goal next to the seats of the Category 3.
The cheapest tickets for Russian residents will cost only 1280 Rubles ($20), which is 5 times cheaper than Category 3 tickets for non-Russian residents.
A ticket to the Final game of the World Cup will cost 7040 Rubles for Russian residents, which is only a little bit over $100.
3. How to buy 2018 World Cup tickets?
Earlier, I already explained how the ticket lottery and the “first-come-first-served” sales work (read “Sales Phase 1” chapter).
The very first thing you have to do to apply for tickets is to register/create an account on FIFA.com. If you already have one, then you can move on to the next step.
As an example, I’ll show you screenshots of me applying for a ticket to one of the World Cup 2018 games. Here, I’ll make an application for a Category 4 ticket (I am allowed as I am a Russian citizen) to the Semi-Finals game in Moscow on July 11.
Click on the blue button “Apply for tickets” in the Ticketing Center and first, it will ask your country of residence and nationality. Do not apply for Category 4 tickets if you are not a Russian resident.
Important: it is allowed to apply for a maximum of 4 tickets for up to 7 matches per household. Don’t try to trick the system by applying more than once for the same game to higher your chances during the Random Selection Draw – your application will be automatically rejected.
Then select the game you would like to attempt; select the number of tickets to reserve and click “Add to the shopping basket” at the bottom.
It will show if tickets are in low, medium, or high demand. High demand meaning that a lot of people are already applied for this category. It is not a good sign when applying during the Random Selection Draw period as your chances of winning the lottery not very high. If you want to have a better odds, then apply for tickets with low or medium demand.
When you are done shopping, proceed to checkout.
You will be asked to provide personal information about yourself such as your name, nationality, mailing address, passport info and phone number. This part is important because you won’t be able to change it later.
If you are getting tickets for other people as well, then the next step is to provide personal information of the guests. The same here, you won’t be able to change the details once they are submitted.
The last step of the process is to make a payment. You pay online by using a valid payment card (debit/credit cards by VISA), bank transfer or Mir card.
Make sure to have enough money in your account, otherwise, the order will be canceled.
At the end of the process, you’ll get a confirmation number. When applying during the Random Selection Draw, you will only get charged later if your application was successful. During the First Come First Served sales, you’ll be charged right away at the moment of purchase.
4. FIFA World Cup tickets delivery & collection
You won’t get the tickets by e-mail like it normally happens when you buy them online.
After your payment is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with the order number, which is not an actual ticket to the game. It’s how it works with the World Cup tickets – you can’t simply print them out.
Tickets that were purchased during the Sales Phase 1 and 2 will be physically delivered later by postal service. Approximately – starting at the end of April-beginning of May.
Tickets that were purchased after April 3 won’t be delivered. You’ll have to pick them up in person at one of the ticketing centers in Russia. These ticketing centers will be located in each of the host cities. You will be asked to show your passport and the payment card used in the transaction.
It is recommended to pick-up the tickets as soon as you arrive in Russia. But in general, it’s possible to collect them even on the Matchday (if you want to chance to be late for the game, it might be pretty busy at times). Just a heads up – there is no ticket collection at the stadiums.
5. Scam with the FIFA World Cup tickets
FIFA.com is the only place you should be applying for the World Cup tickets. Do not use any 3rd party websites – there is no need for that! Be aware of scammers-resellers and don’t trust people that are trying to sell you tickets elsewhere besides the official FIFA’s website.
Even if these tickets look legit and they have the electronic chip it doesn’t mean that they are actually real. If it’s fake, this chip will not work when scanned as the purchaser tries to enter the stadium. Also, there is a chance that security will check the name on the ticket if it matches the Fan-ID. Do you really want to take a gamble like that?!
A lot of people still do – it’s a fact. I’ve heard many stories when fans would overpay so much for the tickets on the 3rd party websites or on the spot by the stadium right before the game. At the end, they end up with nothing – no money and no game.
6. Can I apply for a Category 4 tickets if I am not a Russian resident?
It clearly says that Category 4 tickets are only for the residents of Russia. Yeah, I get it that the World Cup tickets are super expensive and Category 4 is a hell of a lot cheaper. But they meant to be for the Russians as hosts.
If you still want to try to apply for these tickets – go ahead. But I hardly think you’ll be able to get them, as you will need to use an address in Russia. And they might ask you to prove your Russia’s residency.
And who knows if you’ll be even able to get a Fan-ID or not… Or they’ll give you a hard time when you’ll be doing a passport control when entering Russia?!
I wouldn’t risk getting caught. Don’t mess with the Russians.
7. Can I enter the stadium with a ticket that has someone else’s name?
For example, if you buy World Cup tickets from a 3rd party website like Viagogo or you want to use your friend’s tickets.
From my personal experience of attending the Confederations Cup last year, it is possible. But every person attending the game have to have their own Fan-ID (they are very strict with Fan-ID’s – you can’t use someone else’s Fan-ID). And to be able to apply for Fan-ID, you must purchase at least one ticket through FIFA.
Does it make sense?
As an example, let’s say, I really want to attend the World Cup Final game. I wasn’t able to get the ticket on FIFA’s website but I bought one from a 3rd party. Technically, it’s not my ticket and it has someone else’s name on it. Will they let me in because I paid a hell of a lot of money for this ticket?
For it to work out, I’ll need to purchase a ticket to any other game on FIFA’s website. Doesn’t matter what game it is, anything available will do it. Because once you purchased the ticket on FIFA.com, you’ll be able to apply for your Fan-ID. Once you’ve got Fan-ID, there should be no problem using someone else’s World Cup ticket.
At the stadium entrance, they will scan your ticket and a Fan-ID. As long as both are legit, there should be no problems. They don’t even look at names on tickets and don’t match them with your ID as it will really slow down the whole process.
8. How to resell and transfer the World Cup tickets?
Did you purchase match tickets but your plans have changed and you would like to resell them?
Below, find out your options on how to resell/transfer 2018 World Cup tickets.
- FIFA’s Official Resale Platform
This is the only official way to sell your game tickets. FIFA will set it up on their website at some point closer to the World Cup (in 2014, Resale Platform opened on April, 15 so we can expect it to happen around the same time).
Tickets can only be resold at their face value. If someone bought your ticket, you will get 90% of the amount back (10% is an administration fee). The process of getting credit might take up to 30 days after your ticket was resold.
Keep in mind, there are no guarantees the tickets you submit will actually resell. I mean, it will mostly depend on the game: I don’t doubt tickets to any Argentina or Brazil game will resell very quickly. But, for example, tickets to Japan-Senegal or Morocco-Iran games won’t likely to resell.
- Transfer World Cup tickets from one guest to another
The main applicant cannot transfer their tickets, they have only option to resell them. But if the main applicant has guests under their application, it is possible to transfer tickets from one guest to a different person. This option will be available in your FIFA’s ticketing account starting on April 18.
Example: I’ve got a total of 3 tickets – one for myself and 2 friends as my guests. My friends changed their mind and they don’t want to go to the World Cup anymore. But I know two other people who would love to go and they want these tickets. In this case, on April 18, I’ll transfer the tickets to them by updating the information of my guests.
- Resell/exchange World Cup tickets elsewhere not on Fifa.com
First of all, I have to mention it is against FIFA’s general terms and conditions.
But guess what, it is still a thing. There are so many 3rd party websites online where you can sell the tickets.
You could try to sell FIFA World Cup tickets on 3rd party websites but you have to realize it’s a risk. 4 years ago I’ve seen people were selling 2014 World Cup tickets on eBay for some sky high amounts. And can you believe it, people paid the money!
If you are looking to exchange World Cup tickets with other people, there are some groups on Facebook that worth checking out. For example, check out this group or this one. Contact to people directly on Facebook and try to make a deal with them.
9. What is Fan-ID and how to apply for it?
Earlier in this article, I’ve already mentioned about the Fan-ID.
It’s an identification document required for every single person attending the World Cup in Russia. It’s not something optional – if you are going to any of the games, you have to have the Fan-ID. When you enter the stadium, security will scan your game ticket as well as Fan-ID.
The Fan-ID will also give you a visa-free entry to Russia at the time of the World Cup, free transportation by train between host cities, and a free public transportation on matchdays.
To get the Fan-ID is a very easy process, it’s not as complicated as getting the tickets :). First of all, you’ll have to have a ticket confirmation number (ticket request ID). It’s very important that a ticket has to be under your name or otherwise, the Fan-ID application will be rejected (information under ticket and Fan-ID applications should match exactly). You cannot apply for the Fan-ID with the tickets bought from 3rd party websites because those tickets are under someone else’s name.
To apply for the 2018 World Cup Fan-ID, please proceed to this website. Besides the personal information, you’ll be asked to upload a digital photo for your World Cup ID card.
A few days after you submit the application, you’ll be notified by email whether it was approved or not. Later prior to the World Cup, Fan-ID card will be physically mailed to the address under your application for free. The whole process of getting the World Cup Fan-ID is absolutely free.
P.S. If you have any questions on getting the Fan-ID or how to buy the FIFA World Cup tickets, don’t hesitate to ask in comments below this post. I’ve already answered to over 1000 questions and I’ll be more than welcome to help you out as well! I’ll be very thankful if you share a link to this article on forums or social media.
In the end, I recommend you to watch this very cool video made by the COPA90 team about the upcoming World Cup.
See ya very soon in Russia!