FIFA receives one million World Cup ticket requests in seven hours

FIFA announced Wednesday that fans applied for one million tickets in the first seven hours of sales for the World Cup, which is slated to be held in Brazil next summer. Fans will find out in October if their requests will be honored after a random draw.

Only about one million tickets are sold in the first stage, with more coming available in November, then again after the draw in December. Play starts in next June.

According to the Associated Press, there are more applications than available tickets in all four price categories for 12 of the 64 matches, including the opener and the final.

"The respective ticket product is already heavily oversubscribed and therefore, at that point in time, the success of the application appears very unlikely," FIFA said of the high-demand categories, according to the AP. "There are vastly more ticket applicants seeking tickets than there are tickets presently available for the general public."

FIFA said there were over 14,000 requests in the first hour of sales, with each person eligible to request four tickets to up to seven matches. 

In all, the group expects to sell a total of 3.3 million tickets.

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