Russians to pay 5 times less than foreigners for 2018 World Cup tickets

Russian supporters hold a flag reading "Welcome to the World Cup 2018 in Russia" as they wait for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, on June 15, 2016.

Russian supporters hold a flag reading "Welcome to the World Cup 2018 in Russia" as they wait for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, on June 15, 2016.

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FIFA has established the minimum ticket prices for 2018 World Cup matches.

The minimum cost of a ticket for international visitors to the 2018 World Cup match in Russia will be $105, according to a message posted on FIFA's Twitter page on July 5. For $105 fans can buy tickets to the group stage matches behind the goal, excluding the opening match on July 14 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. The cheapest tickets for this event will cost $220. 

The most inexpensive ticket for the final will cost $220. Seats in the central stands will cost $1,100.

However, Russian citizens are being offered a better deal – they will be able to buy the same tickets for much less. The cheapest ticket for Russian fans will cost 1,280 rubles (slightly over $20) and a ticket for the final will cost them 7,040 rubles ($110). 

Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko and FIFA President Gianni Infantino agreed to introduce a special price category of tickets for local residents. The price of these tickets is fixed in the local currency, the ruble. The measure was taken because of the unstable exchange rate between the ruble and the dollar as the ruble fell almost 50 percent against the dollar over the past two years. FIFA's press office says that 350,000 specially priced tickets will be reserved for Russian fans. 

Tickets for the 2018 World Cup will go on sale in summer 2017. In June the Russian parliament passed a bill allowing foreign fans with World Cup tickets to stay in Russia for almost two months without a visa and to use public transportation in host cities for free.

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