Organizers have sold 1.8 million tickets for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, world football governing body FIFA said on Wednesday ahead of the next round of ticket sales that starts on July 5.
FIFA said a special category of tickets is available only to residents of the host country Qatar and that fans in the Gulf Arab state have bought the most tickets.
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Apart from Qatar, the top countries where fans bought tickets are Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United States, FIFA said in a press release.
A spokesman said FIFA expects to offer a total of 3 million match tickets during the 28-day tournament, which begins on November 21.
Qualification for the World Cup is now over and all 32 available slots for the tournament have been secured.
The next round of sales will be open until August 16 and tickets will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. The most recent phase of ticket sales, a random selection draw, closed in late April.