In a little over 10 months, the world’s best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public.
Prices vary depending on the game and what category seat you opt for, with tickets for the Final match ranging from $604 to as much as $1,600.
That may seem steep but, in comparison, some official tickets for this year’s Super Bowl are starting at $5,950.
“This is a FIFA World Cup for Qatar, the region and the world, and the products launched today reflect FIFA’s goal of bringing the beautiful game to as many fans globally as possible,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
Qatari residents will benefit from subsidized tickets, with prices starting from just under $11 for the exclusive Category 4 seating, in a bid to fill stadiums for the tournament.
There will also be cheaper accessibility tickets available for those with disabilities.
A controversial ‘festival of football’
Fans will also be able to purchase package deals to follow their chosen team throughout the tournament, as well as buying multiple tickets for different games in the same stadium.
FIFA said visitors must follow the travel advice from the Qatari authorities and that the latest Covid-19 measures will be communicated in advance of the tournament.
“It will be a festival of football that will see fans experience the rich culture and history of the region through the platform of football at top-class stadiums and we look forward to bringing people from different cultures together to live football at the FIFA World Cup,” Samoura added.
Questions have continuously been raised about human rights issues going into this year’s World Cup in Qatar, notably involving migrant workers and anti-homosexuality laws.
A report published last year by Amnesty International found that Qatari authorities failed to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers, despite evidence of unsafe working conditions.
A number of national teams have already drawn attention to their human rights concerns, staging protests in the qualifying rounds.
Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of the tournament’s organizing committee, insists that Qatar has been treated “unfairly and unjustly” since it earned the right to host the tournament 11 years ago.
He promised the host nation would be “tolerant” and “welcoming.”