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!
- How do you purchase tickets?
- How much does a ticket cost?
- When do tickets go on sale?
- How many tickets can one person purchase?
- If I buy tickets, can I resell them without risking a penalty?
- Do I need my passport or ID to enter the game?
QATAR 2022 UPDATE!
We have posted an updated article about Qatar 2022 specifically.
Note: 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. That said, 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! Not satisfied – have a comment or want to say hi, send us a message!
How do you purchase tickets?
There are 2 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:
- Phase 1 is a random lottery before the teams are even known
- Phase 2 is a first come, first serve after the draw
- Phase 3 is a random lottery
- 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 Affiliates
FIFA allots ‘official’ travel vendors with game tickets. Ludus Tours is an example from previous tournaments of such vendor. Be careful, these packages typically make you pay a premium for the convenience! We are not 100% sure which vendors are official for Qatar 2022, if any.
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.
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.
- 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
- First Come, First Serve
- Phase 3
- Starts = TBD
- Ends = goes throughout the tournament
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?
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!
We posted more about Qatar reselling here.
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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