Buying Tickets to the World Cup

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Everyone wants a ticket to a game, but how do you acquire a ticket? How much does it cost? Are there any stipulations?

We address all of these common questions below…if we missed one, let us know!

QATAR 2022 UPDATE!

We have posted an updated article about Qatar 2022 specifically.

https://www.theworldcupguide.com/qatar-2022-tickets-are-officially-on-sale

2026 USA / Mexico / Canada

If you’re here looking for how to get tickets b/c the host cities were announced…sorry, these won’t be available until 2025.

However:

  1. Read below to educate yourself on how the process typically works and see live examples from tournaments past as we are quite passionate about this topic!
  2. Come back to visit as we’ll likely see packages with Roadtrips and Generation adidas International again!
  3. Not satisfied – have a comment or want to say hi, send us a message!

2023 Australia/New Zealand

Per FIFA – the First Phase for tickets begins October 6th, 2022 until October 21, 2022.

Also:

  1. Read below to educate yourself on how the process typically works and see live examples from tournaments past as we are quite passionate about this topic!
  2. Ready to book accommodations and want to travel in style?
    • Book an incredible 2023 package with Roadtrips and mention us!
  3. Interested in a unique package for your team or group of coaches?
  4. Not satisfied – have a comment or want to say hi, send us a message!

How do you purchase tickets?

There are 3 official ways to buy a ticket + black market:

Official Way #1 – FIFA’s Website

Yes, FIFA’s official website is the place to make a purchase.  There are typically multiple “Phases” for a purchase:

  1. Phase 1 is a random lottery before the teams are even known
  2. Phase 2 is a first come, first serve after the draw
  3. Phase 3 is a random lottery
  4. Phase 4 is typically the last phase and first come, first serve

The biggest pro to obtaining a ticket this route – it is official and you are guaranteed entry.

Qatar 2022 will have 3 “Phases” but Phase 2 is split into 2 sub-phases so it is essentially the same idea.

Official Way #2 – Travel/Hospitality/Corporate Affiliates

FIFA has their official hospitality, MATCH Hospitality.

They can also subcontract hospitality packages to regional vendors.

For Qatar 2022, you could also purchase an official package via Qatar Airways.

We also saw creative packages from vendors like Generation adidas International.

Keep an eye on each tournament as each has various programs.

Lastly, corporate sponsors will manage their own ticket inventory. They are technically not allowed to resell tickets but we’ve certainly seen promises from people on Facebook.

Official Way #3 – Team Federations

Each Football/Soccer Association is allocated tickets as well.

The allocation to their fans and supporters groups is handled individually and you’ll want to be in touch with your Federation for details.

Blackmarket

Buyer BEWARE. FIFA states that the “unauthorised transfer, resale or further use of Tickets is a violation of the General Terms and Conditions for the Use of Tickets.”  With that said, there will be plenty of opportunity to take the risk online or in person at the event. There seems to be as many successful stories as there are horror stories (arrested, fake tickets, robbery, etc). The choice and subsequent consequence is yours to make and own.

How much does a ticket cost?

Tickets to Group Matches are surprisingly affordable – compared to what you may imagine.  The real trick of the trade is applying ahead of time so you don’t have to fight the crowds over a nosebleed seat online.

Tickets have been announced for Qatar 2022!

Qatar 2022 Price Details

For updates, check our specific site as mentioned here. A quick summary is below.

All prices shown below are in QAR (Qatari Rial).

A quick site for conversion to your local currency is https://www.oanda.com/currency-converter.

For comparison to USD, every 100 QAR is approximately $27 USD (per January 19th). Use the link or your own source as currencies are a fluid value.

Russia 2018 Price Details

Russia 2018 to provide helpful information.

“Three categories of tickets were available, with Category 1 the most expensive.

The cheapest seats, Category 3, cost $105 for group stage matches, to $175 for the quarter-finals and $455 for the final. Category 1 seats cost between $550 in the group stage and $1,100 for the final.”

What does this mean?

An OFFICIAL match ticket was as cheap as $105 and potentially FRONT ROW OF A FINAL was $1,100!

When did tickets go on sale?

USA / Canada Mexico 2026 Note:

sorry, these won’t be available until 2025.

2022 Details

Qatar 2022 tickets are now on sale!

  • Phase 1
    • Starts = January 19th, 2022
    • Ends = February 8th, 2022
  • Phase 2
    • First Come, First Serve
      • Starts = Mar 23 to Mar 29
    • Random Lottery
      • Ends = Apr 5 to Apr 28
  • Phase 3
    • Starts = July 5th, 2022
    • Ends = August 15th, 2022
  • Phase 4
    • Starts = September 27th, 2022
    • Ends = December 18th, 2022

How many tickets can one person purchase?

For Qatar 2022, it is 60 total tickets across 6 games.

If I buy tickets, can I resell them without risking a penalty?

Qatar 2022 Note: We posted more about Qatar reselling here.

Yes!

Little known fact, (in previous tournaments) if you are unable to attend a game, FIFA allows you to re-list these on their site!

Why?

The ticket is reallocated to the general public.

Is there a fee to do this? 

Of course there is; it is FIFA.  It is typically a 10% fee.

You can read more on this directly from FIFA regarding 2014’s policy.

Do I need my passport or ID to enter the game?

In previous tournaments, FIFA has always “threatened” this stipulation but never followed through.  This all changed in 2018 with Russia and the introduction of the Fan ID

For Qatar 2022, the Fan ID is also known as the Hay’ya card.

As regulations are released for upcoming tournaments, we’ll update the site.

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