Infantino says ‘seize moment’ in last-minute World Cup ticket plea

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Wednesday urged fans to “seize the moment” and snap up Women’s World Cup tickets, with most games yet to sell out on the eve of the tournament.


There have long been concerns about sales in New Zealand, which will stage the opening game on Thursday in Auckland when the co-hosts face Norway. Tickets were still available on Wednesday for the match.


Australia, the other host nation, face the Republic of Ireland in the second game on Thursday in a sell-out at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, which can hold about 80,000 fans.


FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura said that 1.375 million tickets have been sold for the month-long tournament in total, surpassing the overall figure for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. That tournament however had 24 teams, compared with 32 for the upcoming one. — AFP