Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Pot 1 of FIFA World Cup draw set

Pot 1 of FIFA World Cup draw set

Over two million requests have been submitted worldwide for ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia, FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

Given that only 23 countries have qualified for next year's finals so far, the figure would appear to show many fans have lost interest in the team following their underwhelming recent displays.

At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ need to apply for a FAN ID - the official identity document issued to fans. The Nerlands, which does not participate in 2016 European Championships in World Cup in Holland, is not availablein 2018 World Cup.

Asked whether he felt disappointment about the U.S. national team's failure to qualify for the tournament, since many American football fans could have come to Russia, Sorokin said "We can afford neither negative nor positive emotions about the qualifying results of any national team".

After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russian Federation is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In Group C, it comes down to Morocco and the Ivory Coast.

Below is how the pots are looking for the draw, which takes place on Friday. While Senegal will be in pot 3, if Burkina Faso, Cape Verde or South Africa win that qualifying group they are certain to be pot 4.

Switzerland were narrowly beaten to top spot in their group in the final game and will be joined by Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece and Republic of Ireland as the remaining Europeans are whittled down from eight to four. After a dramatic finish in South America, it'll be Peru (5th in the group stage) against the winners of the Oceania qualifiers, New Zealand. The other teams for Pot 2 will be seeded following the November playoffs.

A number of expectant countries saw their World Cup dreams come to an end this week as their final qualifying results ensured they fell short of even a playoff opportunity.

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