"As soon as many teams have qualified (for the championship), new countries emerged as leaders in terms of ticket requests' process".
FIFA says football fans have already requested for 3,496,204 World Cup tickets.
"We never placed bets on the possible tempo of ticket requests", Sorokin said.
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The memories of England's failure at previous major tournaments - they failed to get out of the group stage in Brazil and were dumped out by minnows Iceland at Euro 2016 - could also be a factor. This first-come, first-served sales period will end on 28 November and tickets purchased during this sales phase will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, with deliveries planned to start in April/May 2018 (subject to change).
During the Random Selection Draw sales period, which ended today at 12.00 Moscow time, fans had the chance to apply for tickets for every match or for specific ticket products on FIFA.com/tickets. For Egypt it will be a first World Cup appearance since 1990 and only a third overall.
All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by November 16.
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In the Last Minute Sales Phase from April 18, 2018, up until the final match day of the competition, the remaining tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis.
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Only nine spots are yet to be filled at the tournament, which will take place between June 14 and July 15.