First FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar Tickets Allocated
The ticketing portal for the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar opened on January 19th this year and offered fans a three-week window to apply for tickets across the tournament, from the group stage to the final. The portal closed on February 8th, and FIFA began the process of allocating seats to some of the 17 million applicants. Yesterday, March 8th, one month after the portal closed, the wait to see who had successfully secured their seats at the world’s greatest sports event was over - successful and unsuccessful applications were confirmed by email.
The Initial Sales Phase and Ticket Allocation
The initial application phase for 2022 World Cup tickets generated an overwhelming response; the final alone attracted almost 2 million ticket requests. With a total of 17 million applications, demand was bound to exceed supply for particular matches or specific ticket categories, especially the knock-out stages and the final. As such, FIFA entered ticket applications into a random selection draw to ensure a fair allocation process. Now that process has been completed, those who applied should check their emails to discover if their ticket requests were accepted or not.
Successful Applicants and What To Do Next
If you are one of the lucky ones to secure tickets, you should by now have received details from FIFA via email. You can also check your ticket status via your online FIFA account (at FIFA.com/tickets ), set up prior to completing the ticket application.
Once you have checked your ticket allocation and are happy with your choices, you will need to pay for those seats. Payments will need to be made before 11:00 (CET)/13:00 (local time in Doha) on March 21st. If payment is not received by that time and date, the ticket allocation will be made null and void.
Once payments have been made, FIFA will advise of the method and time of ticket delivery.
It is also worth noting that:
- Visa payment cards are the exclusive payment method accepted for residents of Qatar.
- All ticket holders will need a Hay'ya ID card to enter the World Cup stadiums come November/December 2022. The SMART ID card offers various other benefits to spectators at the event, including free transport during matchdays. To learn more about the required ID card, check out our Hay'ya Card: What Is It, Who Needs It, and How Do I Get One? article.
- All international fans need to confirm their accommodation to enter Qatar and access the stadiums. Confirmation of accommodation can be carried out after March 21st, when all tickets are purchased. For more information and to explore accommodation options, visit Qatar2022.qa.
If you missed out on the initial phase of sales or were unsuccessful this round, there will be further opportunities to get your hands on tickets. Once the first phase ticket purchases have been confirmed, another first-come, first-served sales phase will be scheduled and, further down the line, a last-minute sales phase will be held.
So, keep monitoring the FIFA Ticketing Portal (FIFA.com/tickets) site regularly for the next opportunity to apply for and possibly purchase tickets.
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