FIFA opens new phase of ticket sales for World Cup

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SAO PAULO: FIFA will open a new phase of ticket sales for the World Cup on Wednesday, with entrances available online on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About 160,000 tickets will be available for all matches except the opener, the final and five others, including two group matches in Manaus, England vs. Italy and United States vs. Portugal. Tickets for two second-round matches and the semifinal in Belo Horizonte also won’t be available because of high demand in previous sales phases.

This phase will remain open until April 1, but FIFA said “tickets are expected to sell out fast.”

Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million have already been allocated.

The last-minute sales phase is expected to start on April 15.