The World Cup this year has spurred great interest. (Photo courtesy of FIFA)

More than 1.2 million tickets have been requested by fans worldwide in the first 24 hours of the initial sales period for the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA announced Thursday.

The highest demand came from Qatar, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, England, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and France.

More than 140,000 tickets have been requested for the final, which is scheduled for Dec. 18 at Lusail Stadium. More than 80,000 tickets have been requested for the opening match.

During this first sales period, which finishes on Feb. 8 at 5 a.m. ET, fans can submit their ticket applications. 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, they 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 to pay for allocated tickets.

You can visit FIFA.com/tickets to submit or amend a ticket application and the FAQs section for more information about the products, packages and price categories.