Moscow, April 19 (IANS) Worlds football governing body FIFA on Wednesday announced the launch of the last-minute ticket sales phase ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup’s kick-off in less than two months.

“Fans from all over the world will, as of 12:00 CET (13:00 Moscow time) today, have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the FIFA Confederations Cup as the last-minute sales phase starts,” FIFA said in its statement.

“Tickets for all matches of the Tournament of Champions — including Special Access Tickets for disabled people, people with limited mobility and obese people — will be available,” the statement said.

This phase of ticket sales will end on July 2.

“Fans interested in tickets are advised to purchase as soon as the sales phase starts as certain ticket categories for specific matches may become unavailable at any moment,” the FIFA stated.

The global football body also stressed in its statement in particular that, “As requested by the Russian authorities, to be able to attend matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, all ticket holders need to apply for a Fan ID.”

“Each individual needs to obtain one personalised Fan ID, irrespective of the number of matches that will be attended or the number of ticket applications submitted,” the statement from the FIFA added.

A fan-ID holder will be allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament as well as for a period of ten days before and after the championship.

In order to pass through the country’s borders, a holder of the fan-ID would also have to produce an identification document, a ticket for a match or a document verifying the purchase of a ticket.

The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also viewed by experts as a rehearsal a year prior to the FIFA World Cup, will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

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