FIFA have defined the purchasable capacity of a stadium to be the available seating minus hospitality, seat kills for segregation and media seats. So for example, Volgograd has a total of 45,568 physical seats inside the stadium but the total number of seats actually available for sale for England's first match against Tunisia is 35,208 which is the purchasable capacity. The purchasable capacity for Nizhny Novgorod is 35,691 and for Kaliningrad it is 26,487. FIFA have confirmed that the allocations we have received for the group matches are 8% of the purchasable capacity of each stadium.
The map below of Volgograd stadium as an example shows the purchasable capacity, with the areas blocked out in grey unavailable for sale. For a better idea of what seats are available to buy in each stadium and where each category is located, you can refer to the stadium maps FIFA have provided on their website with the areas in grey removed from the sale.
Based on these capacity figures and assuming that all members in the Travel Club apply for tickets to the tournament, we would advise that Travel Club members on 40+ caps would have an excellent chance of being allocated a ticket for the Belgium game, whereas members on 30+ caps would be highly likely to be guaranteed a ticket to the games against Tunisia and Panama, plus the R16 and QF matches. As the Semi-final and Final matches are scheduled to have the highest allocation, members on 20+ caps would have an excellent chance of being allocated a ticket.
We are still awaiting further information regarding the precise category split for England's matches; once we received this we will endeavour to let members know in order to allow them to make an informed decision regarding their application. As previously advised, we still believe that members on 40+ caps will have a good chance of being allocated category 3 tickets whilst members on a low level of caps would have a better chance of being allocated a category 1 or 2 ticket.
Members still have until Wednesday 31 January to submit their applications with FIFA but we recommend that those still to apply should submit before Monday 15 January to allow us and FIFA time to assist with any queries or issues you may have before the window closes. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to help with any issues after the 15 January.
Very low allocations. That's poor.
Any break down of the number of tickets in each CAT for the group games?
Very poor allowcationt....i expected Kaliningrad to be low but the rest is ridiculous
Only on 7 caps and booked to go for second game
Will there be more than 2800 going to Panama game?
Has anyone in previous World Cup found it more beneficial to apply for tickets without using their England fan number so getting tickets for general seats as opposed to trying to get a ticket from the English allocation. As there are only 16% going to both sets of supporters that leaves 74% for general sale for neutrals even after taking into account corporate tickets vips etc there will be thousands more tickets available than has been allocated to England fans.
Robert, there are millions trying to apply for those general tickets though, rather than the few thousand travel club members. Always easier to get through the travel club. Most of the general sale tickets were already sold before the draw too.
Typically we England fans get stitched on ticket allocations, also our biggest game of the group stage (Belgium) is in the smallest stadium. I'm sure the Belgian's feel the same way. I can't see as many Tunisian and Panamanian fans travelling (no disrespect) to the finals. FIFA must have their head up somewhere dark and warm.
Iv got 12 caps will I get World Cup Tickets ?
I applied in first FIFA round for 2 x 7 follow England tickets and received 2 x 5 to qtr's, although all CAT1, but happy with this, easier than SA and Brazil!!
I note you say above that lower cappers may be better off going for cat 1 or 2 tickets. Interestingly the FIFA website suggests the highest demand for our matches is for the cat 1 tickets (assuming that means for the England allocation, rather than the match overall; if not it’s a useless piece of information).
Any body else having problems with ticket system i have sorted an account but no access to tickets just a blank page
If you dont apply through FIFA / England FANS by tommorrow (15th January 2018) for World Cup tickets, does that mean you cannot apply. Its confusing as the England fans sale phase is in theory until January 31st. But England FANS news update says we should apply by tommorrow!? Is it tommrrow, 15th, or 31st?
so lets do it by the 15th but not giving details of how the allocations are spilt, great
@ Nikki Goldman You have until January 31st to apply.
What the FA and FIFA are saying is that you may have issues to do with your application for which you would like help. If you go to them with these issues and ask for help after January 15th, there may not be time to resolve your problems. However, if you don't encounter any problems with your application then you're safe to apply right up to the end of the month.