MOSCOW (Xinhua) --
Latin American fans have led global demand for
tickets to the World Cup in Russia, football governing body FIFA
said on Thursday.
tickets have been sold since sales began last September, FIFA
said in a statement.
Russian fans lead
the way, having bought 871,797 tickets, followed by the USA
(88,825), Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234), Germany (62,541),
Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031), Peru (43,583), China
(40,251), Australia (36,359) and England (32,362).
The World Cup will
begin on June 14 when Russia meet Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s
Luzhniki Stadium. The final will be played at the same venue on
FIFA said a new
batch of tickets for all matches would be made available on a
first-come first-served basis on Friday.
“Fans are advised to
place their orders as soon as tickets go on sale as high demand
is expected and tickets are likely to sell out very quickly,”
the statement said.
FIFA added that
discounted tickets for seats with a partially obstructed view
will also be made available for Russian residents only.