World Cup 2022 tickets back on sale for all games but opener & final

Qatar is controversially hosting the tournament
Qatar is controversially hosting the tournament / Handout/GettyImages

FIFA have announced that fans will be able to purchase tickets for all World Cup 2022 games barring the opening match and the final, ahead of the draw for the tournament on 1 April.

The showpiece event is the first to take place in winter, as opposed to the traditional slot at the end of the European club season.

News of tickets for almost all games again going on sale following an initial sales period was announced on Wednesday.

"Following the successful completion of the random selection draw period of the first sales phase, FIFA is offering fans an additional opportunity to secure their tickets ahead of the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™," a statement read.

"The remaining tickets from this phase – following the payment period that concluded on Monday – are now up for grabs at until 29 March 2022 at 11:00 CET.

"As this is a first-come, first-served sales period, fans will be able to complete their purchases immediately and should act early in order to avoid disappointment.

"This is the last opportunity for fans to secure their seats before the final draw takes place, with demand set to further increase as the match-ups are revealed. Tickets will be made available for all matches, excluding the opener and the final."

The statement went on to explain that supporters would be able to buy four types of tickets in total.

  • Individual Match Tickets - These are tickets for a specific match, which are available for all matches, except for the opening game and 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 successive days, thanks to the short distances within Qatar.
  • Accessibility Tickets - These provide access to tailored facilities and spaces for disabled people and people with limited mobility, covering a range of requirements, as part of any of the above products.

There have been a long lists of concerns raised about supporters travelling to Qatar for the tournament.

Homosexuality is illegal in the country and despite organisers insisting that 'everyone will be welcome', some fan groups have already vowed not to travel.

There are concerns about the consumption of alcohol too, which will only be permitted in FIFA fan zones and some hotels, as well as over the conservative social values of the state in general not being conducive to a Western audience.

Amnesty International have also criticised Qatar for its treatment of its overseas labourers. A Guardian report estimated that 6,500 migrant workers had died in the country since it was awarded the World Cup, while the kafala labour-sponsorship system has drawn comparisons to modern-day slavery.

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