The absence of the United States men’s national team from the 2018 FIFA World Cup hasn’t stopped American fans from purchasing tickets to this summer’s tournament in Russia.
Fans living in the United States purchased 16,462 tickets—the most of any foreign nation—during the second ticket window, which ran from March 13 to April 3, according to FIFA.
During the first-come, first-serve window, 216,134 of the available 394,433 tickets were allocated to Russian fans.
Internationally, fans in Argentina purchased 15,006 tickets, while those in Colombia and Mexico were allocated 14,755 and 14,372 tickets, respectively. Brazil (9,962), Peru (9,766), China (6,598), Germany (5,974), Australia (5,905), and India (4,509) rounded out the top 10.
In total, FIFA has allocated 1,698,049 tickets worldwide for the 2018 FIFA World Cup since sales started in September 2017, with international sales accounting for 53 percent overall.
The third and final ticket sales phase begins April 18 and lasts throughout the tournament. Fans are able to purchase last-minute tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The United States failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago during CONCACAF qualifying in October 2017. It is the first World Cup, which is played every four years, since 1986 which won’t feature the Americans.
“I just want to say sorry to the fans,” U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez said after the defeat. “All the U.S. fans that were pulling for us, that wanted to go to Russia, that believed in us. We let down an entire nation today.”
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins June 14 in Russia. The tournament, featuring 32 international teams, will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities throughout Russia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final will take place July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.