— Published 30 June 2022

The third stage of the rocket

Here we go again. FIFA announced via a press release, Wednesday June 29, the upcoming launch of a new phase of ticket sales for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This third stage of the rocket is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5. The sale will start at 11:00 am Zurich time on the website of the international body. It will remain open for nearly six weeks, ending on August 16 at the same time. But you don’t have to wait, because this new phase of the ticketing system will work on a first-come, first-served basis, and not in the same way as the first two. Four categories of tickets are offered to fans, with a maximum of six tickets per game and 60 seats for the whole tournament. But the fourth category, the most affordable, is reserved for residents of Qatar. The only question is how many tickets are still available. In total, 2 million tickets are intended for the public, out of the 3 million issued for the World Cup (FIFA has one million for the teams and partners). In its press release, the authority explains that 1.8 million tickets have already been sold. But the local organizing committee has mentioned last week, through its secretary general, the figure of 1.2 million and a record demand of 40 million. According to FIFA, the list of the most active countries in the previous sales phase is a mix of emerging nations and soccer powerhouses: Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United States.