World Cup ticket application phase for this year’s competition in Qatar launched Wednesday, FIFA announced.

During this first sales period, which will finish on Feb. 8, fans will be able to submit their ticket applications.

In this initial promotion, it will make no difference whether applications are submitted on the first day, the last day or any time in between, as all tickets will be allocated following the closing of the ticket application period.

In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available ticket inventory for the domestic or international market, tickets will be allocated by a random selection draw process. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Tuesday, March 8, along with the steps to follow and the deadline by which to pay for allocated tickets.

In line with FIFA’s ticketing policy at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, residents of the host country will benefit from a special price category, category 4.

Visa payment cards are the exclusive payment method accepted for residents of Qatar, while Visa payment cards and other accepted payment cards are accepted for international fans.

In this opening random selection draw sales period, fans can apply for the following ticket products:

Individual match ticket(s)

* Tickets for a specific match, which are available for all matches from the opening game through to the final

Team-specific ticket series

* For those who want to watch a certain team on every step of their journey in Qatar, starting with the three group matches

Four-stadium ticket series

FIFA’s new ticketing product provides fans with a unique opportunity to sample the atmosphere across four different matches and iconic stadiums on subsequent days, due to the short distances within Qatar

Accessibility tickets

Providing tailored facilities and spaces for disabled people and people with limited mobility covering a range of requirements as part of any of the products above

Prior to the World Cup draw on April 1, it is foreseen that fans will have a second opportunity to secure tickets during a first-come, first-served sales phase. Those details will be unveiled in the future.

Further sales phases will take place after the draw and will feature additional products, including:

* Supporter Tickets

For fans who want to sit among their team’s fellow supporters

* Conditional Supporter Tickets

For supporters who want to reserve a seat for one of their team’s potential encounters in the knockout rounds, including the final

Given the short distances between stadiums, Qatar 2022 will offer fans a unique opportunity of attending more than one match per day during the early stages of the tournament. Ticket applicants will be able to register for more than one match per day during the ticket sales phase that will follow the draw. Given the need to allow sufficient travel time between stadiums, fans will not be able to attend back-to-back matches.

To allow attendees to take full advantage of the compact nature of this World Cup, FIFA has softened the household limits from previous tournaments. Each household will be able to buy up to six tickets per match and up to 60 tickets throughout the tournament.

Hay’ya Card (Fan ID)

A Hay’ya Card is needed to enter the State of Qatar, to access stadiums (along with a match ticket), and to enjoy free matchday travel alongside other benefits.

COVID-19 measures

According to a FIFA press release, FIFA and the Qatar are committed to putting health first. Qatar will provide the required safeguards to protect the health and safety of all involved in the World Cup. All attendees must follow the travel advice from the Qatari authorities and the latest guidance from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. Full information on COVID-19 safety measures will be communicated prior to the competition.

Visit to submit a ticket application and the FAQs section for more information about the products, packages and price categories.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at