Indian fans pocket nearly 24,000 World Cup tickets so far | football news

PANAJI: India has never been a part of the FIFA World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped fans from making a pilgrimage every four years to experience the thrill of this football tournament.
In Russia, a total of 17,962 tickets were issued to Indian fans in 2018, putting the country in the top 20 in terms of tickets purchased and in the top 3 of countries that did not qualify for the World Cup. Only fans from the United States and China – who did not qualify – received more tickets.
However, Qatar could see the largest Indian fan contingent ever as it is geographically the closest World Cup to India with many cities only a three to four hour flight from Doha.
“We can confirm that India was in the top 10 countries by country of residence in the last sales period,” a FIFA spokesman told TOI on Friday. “To date, a total of 23,573 tickets have been issued to fans based in India across all sales phases.”
The 23,573 tickets for fans residing in India are from the first two ticketing periods during which a total of 1.8 million tickets were sold.
In addition to hosts Qatar, Canada, England, France, GermanyIndia, Saudi Arabia, SpainUnited Arab Emirates and USA.
At the end of the first phase, India ranked seventh.
FIFA, the governing body of world football, announced earlier this week that 1.8 million tickets have already been sold for the World Cup, which begins on November 21st. A further 2,000 tickets are expected to go on sale on Tuesday from 2.30 p.m.
Among the most requested group games are Argentina vs. Mexico at the Lusail Stadium on November 26 and England’s clash with the United States at the Al Bayt Stadium.
However, a concern for Indian fans remains accommodation as several ticket holders are now scrambling to find the right accommodation. Questions have been asked as to whether Qatar will have enough rooms to accommodate everyone.
“The Board of Governors recently launched its Host Country Accommodation Portal, allowing fans to choose from traditional two- to five-star hotel rooms, temporarily berthed cruise ships, serviced apartments, villas and fan villages.
“Accommodation options will be released to align with FIFA’s phased ticket sales. More choices will be available in due course to ensure fans who have purchased tickets are given preferential treatment when booking accommodation, ensuring a great World Cup experience,” said a spokesman for the Supreme Committee on Delivery & Legacy.

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