Qatar world cup 2022 tickets: how they work, and how they’re organised

Once again, getting a ticket for the next World Cup is no easy feat. To help you out, we have laid out for you how ticket sales work, and how they have been organised by FIFA for the Qatar World Cup. The competition which will take place from the 20th of November to the 18th of December 2022. From the 5th of July 2022, from 11 am, the last Qatar world cup 2022 tickets will be on sale. Those looking for tickets will have to make their way to the official tickets page and suffer in silence. Basically, it’s first come, first served!

Tickets 2022 Qatar World Cup

Three types of Qatar world cup 2022 tickets

Tickets for individual matches

This type of ticket allows you to attend one particular match. It can be purchased for any match throughout the competition. They are split into 4 price categories, which we have given you below.

Team-specific tickets

This second type of ticket allows you to follow a team for 3, 4, or 7 matches throughout the competition. This choice allows you to attend all designated matches, no matter the performance of the team in question.

The first option includes only the first three group matches. The second allows you to follow the 3 group matches, as well as the round of 16 match. Finally, the last option allows you to follow all of the matches: in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final, and final.

For example, it would cost €3800 to watch all 7 France games.

Four stadium tickets

This third and last type of ticket allows you to attend matches on different days in 4 stadiums. As such, FIFA offers several match and stadium combinations.

Be warned, there is a limit of 6 tickets per match and per stadium. There is a limit of 60 tickets for the whole competition.

Four price categories of Qatar world cup 2022 tickets

FIFA has established 4 ticket categories for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The first category is the most expensive in the first-choice places of the stadiums.

The category 4 tickets, the cheapest, is reserved for Qatari residents. Residents can attend a group match for only €10 (€49 for the opening match). They cost €17 for a round of 16 match, 73 for a quarter-final, 121 for a semi-final, and €182 for the final.

In category 3, for foreign spectators, it will cost a minimum of €61 for a group match (compared to €92 in the Russia World Cup). In this 3rd category, the opening match would set spectators back €267. Whereas a round of 16 match would be 85, a quarter-final 182, a semi-final 315, and the final 533.

For category 2, it costs €145 for a group match (€388 for the opening match). In this second category, you will have to pay €182 for the round of 16, 254 for the quarters, 582 for the semis and €855 for the final.

Finally, in category 1, it will cost at the very least €194 for a first-round match (€546 for the opening match). For this category, you would have to fork out €242 for the round of 16, 376 for the quarter, 844 for the semis, €1418 for the final.

According to Associated Press, the ticket prices for the 2022 Qatar World Cup are the lowest they have been since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

A few things to remember

Get hold of a Hayya card

At the request of the Qatari authorities, all ticket holders, both local and international, have to get hold of a Hayya card, managed and delivered by the Qatari government.

The Hayya card serves as your entry permit to Qatar and gives you access to the stadium (alongside your match ticket, that is).

Ticket resales and refunds

As a ticket holder, you alone are authorised to give tickets to those hoping to attend. This can be free, or for a sum that does not higher than the original cost.

If you cannot attend a match, you can put your tickets up for sale on FIFA’s official platform for ticket resale.

The Covid problem

FIFA indicates that spectators will have to follow the health guidance set out by the Qatari state, notably any and all transport and travel.

As a spectator, you will have to ensure you are up to date on any health protocols put in place in your own country during the Covid pandemic before the start of the competition. Check the rules you must adhere to in order to be able to enter Qatar and return to your country.

When will the ticket offices open?

The first phase has already passed

The first sales period for Qatar World Cup tickets took place from the 19th of January to the 8th of February. FIFA reported that 17 million requests, from all over the world, had been made. The final, taking place on the 18th of December, had garnered 1.8 million requests alone.

Taking into account the capacity of the stadiums, all requests could not be fulfilled. FIFA broke the news to the lucky winners of the random draw on the 8th of March.

The second phase opened in March

The second sale period, still on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, opened on the 23rd of March and close on the 29th of March.