— Published 23 June 2022

Ticketing is booming

Who would have thought it? The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the first ever to be held in the run-up to winter (21 November to 18 December), is breaking all records in terms of ticket sales. According to the organisers, 1.2 million tickets have been sold after the second sales phase. This is a record result for a World Cup. A total of 40 million ticket applications were registered, 17 million in the first sales phase and 23 million in the second. But the number of disappointed fans is also expected to be historic, with just over 3 million tickets available, of which 2 million are for the public (1 million are reserved for FIFA and its partners). The next and final sales phase, the dates of which are not yet known, will distribute tickets on a first come, first served basis. At the same time, FIFA announced in a press release on Wednesday 22 June that a battalion of 96 volunteers will be on site during the tournament to discuss human rights issues with spectators. They will be accompanied by ten team leaders. FIFA’s announcement comes at a time when several NGOs are raising the alarm on the issue of respect for human rights in Qatar, in particular migrant workers, and on the reception of the LGBTQ+ community in the emirate, where homosexuality is considered an offence.