Fifa World Cup: 742,760 tickets sold before Russia 2018 draw

Fifa has sold 742,760 match tickets in the first round of sales for the World Cup before Friday’s draw for the finals.

The majority of ticket applications came from host nation Russia with 47% from other countries.

Prices range from £79 for a second-round group match to £829 for the final. Russian residents have a special category with tickets starting at £17.

A second phase of sales will run from 5 December until 31 January 2018.

Fans from the United States, Brazil, Germany, China, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and England are in the top 10 teams for most applications

“We are very pleased with the results of the first sales phase,” Fifa’s head of ticketing Falk Eller said.

“They confirmed the great interest sparked by the World Cup in Russia – both at local and international level.”

A total of 2.5 million tickets will be made available for the 64 matches played in 12 different grounds located in 11 Russian cities.

Fans can submit their applications via the Fifa website for the second round of sales.

The most expensive ticket for the 2018 World Cup final at £829 is a £151 increase on the equivalent ticket at the Brazil 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro.

Ticket prices for 2018 World Cup in Russia
Match Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 – Russian residents

Opening match £414* £294 £166 £42**

Group matches £158 £124 £79 £17

Round of 16 £185 £139 £87 £29

Quarter-finals £275 £192 £132 £50

Semi-finals £565 £362 £215 £59

place play-off £275 £192 £132 £50

Final £829 £535 £343 £92

*prices converted from US dollars to pounds based on current exchange rates

**prices converted from Russian roubles to pounds based on current exchange rates

There will also be a “last-minute” sales phase from 18 April to 15 July 2018, the day of the World Cup final.

The tournament begins on 14 June with Russia playing the opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The World Cup finals draw is on Friday, 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace concert hall at 15:00 GMT. You can watch it live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website and app, and listen on BBC Radio 5 live.

It will be hosted by former England striker and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.

World Cup pots

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Russia (hosts) Spain Denmark Serbia

Germany Peru Iceland Nigeria

Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Australia

Portugal England Sweden Japan

Argentina Colombia Tunisia Morocco

Belgium Mexico Egypt Panama

Poland Uruguay Senegal South Korea

France Croatia Iran Saudi Arabia