Fans request 1.1 million World Cup tickets in day

FIFA said Monday that football fans applied for more than 1.1

million tickets for the World Cup in Brazil in the first 24 hours

after the latest sales phase opened.

The new sales window, which opened Sunday, is the first to be

held after the tournament draw and schedule were announced last

week. It will remain open until Jan. 30.

If demand surpasses the number of entrances available for

certain matches, a random selection draw will be held for fans who

have requested tickets.

About 900,000 tickets were sold in the first stage of ticket

sales earlier this year. Another 230,000 tickets were sold in the

second phase in just seven hours.

Football’s governing body said a total of about 3.3 million

tickets will be sold for the tournament.