Even as football fans are still scrambling for tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, an additional inventory of tickets became available at FIFA.com/tickets on 9 June. According to FIFA, however, nearly 120,000 tickets were sold off within hours, and only a limited inventory for selected matches is currently available for purchase online.
For fans looking for FIFA tickets, a “traffic light system” on FIFA.com/tickets gives an indication of ticket availability.
Since the start of sales, over 2.5 million tickets have been allocated till now to fans across the world. Ticket sales will be on until 15 July, ahead of the summit clash.
A special ticket transfer and resale platform is available on FIFA.com/tickets, which allows ticket holders to change guests and resell their tickets conforming to the set policies.
FIFA says there is a possibility of tickets being continuously resold through it website, because of which tickets for specific matches, which at some point could be unavailable, might possibly become available again.
According to the organisers, main ticket applicants cannot transfer their own tickets, but “can transfer them from their original guests to other guests”. Transfer requests are considered in accordance with FIFA’s Ticket Transfer and Resale Policy.
“If you cannot use all the tickets that you have purchased, you may submit these tickets for resale to another fan via the Official Resale Platform,” says the website.
On 4 June 2018, FIFA filed a criminal complaint against Viagogo for unauthorised online sale of FIFA tickets.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets can be bought only from FIFA.com/tickets. FIFA says tickets obtained from any other source will be automatically cancelled once identified and the buyer will not be allowed to access the stadium. Such ticket holders will be get any refund or other compensation either.
A recent amendment to the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses significantly increases the fines that may be imposed in case of unauthorised resale and distribution of tickets.
A number of unauthorised online ticket sale offers via websites and on social media in various countries have been removed in recent months.