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Fans apply for 3.5million 2018 World Cup tickets

13 October 2017

The main round of the global qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup has been already concluded and nine remaining vacant spots in the championship will be determined in the play-off round.

Given that only 23 countries have qualified for next year's finals so far, the figure would appear to show many fans have lost interest in the team following their underwhelming recent displays.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, around 70% of the applications came from the host nation, Russia. Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are nearly certain to be in pot 3 should they qualify, while Greece would definitely be pot 4.

Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal and France took the remaining automatic places on offer to European nations after each topping their respective group.

Africa (Group Winners E and B): Egypt secured their spot as Group E winners and they are joined by Nigeria who were topped Group B.

At the request of Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 World Cup need to apply for a "FAN ID" - the official identity document of the tournament. The top two teams from each group will advance in the tournament. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2...

"Last night's World Cup qualifying results do not change FOX Sports' passion for the world's biggest sporting event". But such is the tight nature of the group, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa all still have a chance.

Switzerland were narrowly beaten to top spot in their group in the final game and will be joined by Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece and Republic of Ireland as the remaining Europeans are whittled down from eight to four.

This period will end on November 28 with tickets delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, which will take place between June 14 and July 15.

Australia confirmed their place as Asia's fifth best team with a playoff win over Syria this week and must contest their intercontinental tie against Honduras from Central/North America.

South America qualifier: Brazil led by PSG star Neymar emerged as the CONMEBOL winners, Uruguay starring captain Diego Godin and strikers Cavani and Suarez were runners-up.

Fans apply for 3.5million 2018 World Cup tickets