FIFA said 1.8 million requests were received for the Dec. 18 World Cup final. (Photo courtesy of FIFA)

FIFA announced Tuesday that there were 17 million ticket requests received in the first sales for the Qatar World Cup.

During the opening random selection draw sales period, FIFA was also inundated by applications from football hotbeds and key markets, such as Argentina, Brazil, England, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Not surprisingly, the most sought-after tickets were for the Dec. 18 final at Lusail Stadium, with 1.8 million requests.

FIFA did not give a breakdown on how many requests were from a particular country.

Following the first sales period, which started Jan. 19 and finished Tuesday, FIFA said that it will verify that ticket requests meet the sales and household restrictions prior to allocating tickets. All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of their applications by Tuesday, March 8, 2022, with information for the payment deadline.

FIFA then will decide on the timing of the next phase, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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