England fans will have to pay up to £1,180 for tickets to the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Fifa has just announced that 1.2 million tickets have been sold within hours of going on sale this week – but apart from the high prices, fans will also have to pay for accommodation and flights.
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England fans face the most expensive World Cup in history at Qatar 2022.
There are 60% fewer tickets in the cheapest categories compared to Russia 2018, fan groups warned today.
Fifa has just announced that 1.2 million tickets have been sold within hours of going on sale this week.
But the 10,000 Three Lions supporters expected to make the 7,000 mile round trip will also have to pay for expensive hotels and flights.
Gareth Southgate’s side enter the tournament as one of the favourites.
They reached the semi-finals in Russia and suffered a gruesome Euro 2020 penalty shootout loss to Italy.
Matt Willis, spokesman for the Football Supporters Association, said: “We are concerned about ticket prices in Qatar.
“There is a massive reduction in the number of category 3 tickets which are the cheapest available.
“If you look at Stadium 974 in Doha, compared to Kazan Stadium in Russia – which has similar capacities – there are 60% fewer category 3 and 4 tickets for sale.”
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He added that fans were waiting to see accommodation options.
“They say there will be 130,000 rooms from two stars to five stars, including a cruise ship,” Matt said.
“But it’s unclear whether they will be affordable for most fans.”
The cost of attending the World Cup final is on the rise, with ticket prices 46% higher than in Russia.
The sharp uptick came when they went on sale this week.
The most expensive for the December 18 final is 5,850 Qatari riyals (£1,180), up 46% from £808 when France beat Croatia 4-2 four years ago.
The cheapest seats on general sale internationally for the November 21 opener soared 37% to £220 from £160 in Russia.
However, for the other matches in the group stage, there has been a reduction in the cost of some tickets, compared to previous tournaments.
The cheapest tickets on sale internationally are the lowest prices since the 2006 World Cup in Germany at 250 Qatari riyals (£50).
Tickets for locals are the lowest since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico – 40 Qatari riyals (£8).
Fans applying for tickets on the FIFA website will be entered into a lottery and won’t know if they’ve been successful until early March.
The ticketing process began with only 13 out of 32 teams qualifying for the final. It will conclude after the intercontinental play-offs in June.
Applications in the first phase of ticket sales can be made on the FIFA website until February 8.
Fans can also sign up to follow their team throughout and watch four matches at four different stadiums.
Over 1.2 million tickets were requested by fans worldwide in the first 24 hours of the initial sales period.
The highest demand came from fans in Qatar, followed by Argentina, Mexico, United States, United Arab Emirates, England, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and France.
More than 140,000 tickets have been requested for the final which will take place on December 18, 2022 at the Lusail stadium, and more than 80,000 for the opening match.
Fifa has been approached for a comment on the cost of tickets.