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  • Fans can begin the application process for tickets at the World Cup in Russia
  • Special access tickets are made available for obese people at the tournament 
  • The most expensive ticket is £829 for a Category 1 seat at the final in Moscow 
  • Cheaper tickets are available for Russian residents with prices starting at £17 

Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Tickets for the World Cup in Russia have gone on sale with the cheapest group stage matches available at £80 for overseas supporters – and special seats for obese people.

The most expensive ticket is priced at £829 – a Category 1 seat for the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

That price is a £151 increase on the equivalent ticket at the 2014 Brazil World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro. 

Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium will host the final as well as the semi-final and opening game

Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium will host the final as well as the semi-final and opening game

Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host the final as well as the semi-final and opening game

Special tickets have been made available for obese people, whose body mass index exceeds or is equal to 35 metres per square metre. This is roughly the equivalent of a someone who is 5ft 10ins and weighs 18 stone.

Those tickets are an additional category to the special access tickets – which provide availability to wheelchair users, people with guide dogs and people with reduced mobility or other requirements. They are priced the same as Category 3.

Fans can now begin applying for tickets to any of the 64 matches but there is no need to rush the process with the deadline not until October 12. 

Applicants will then be selected at random and notified whether they have been successful by November 16. 

Russian residents will be able to purchase their own special Category 4 tickets which start at just £17 ahead of the first ever World Cup finals to be held in their country.

England supporters can begin applying for tickets at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia

England supporters can begin applying for tickets at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia

England supporters can begin applying for tickets at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia

Another separate application phase will begin on December 5, four days after the group stages are drawn. There will also be a last-minute sales phase starting on April 18.

The World Cup finals begin on June 14 and run until the final on July 15.   

Seven countries have already booked their place at the World Cup – Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia joining the hosts Russia. 

England are currently top of Group F in their European qualifying section with two matches remaining.

WORLD CUP TICKET PRICES 
Match Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Wheelchair user Easy access standard Easy access amenity Obese Person
Opening match £414 £294 £167 £167 £167 £167 £167
Group matches £158 £124 £80 £80 £80 £80 £80
Round of 16 £185 £139 £87 £87 £87 £87 £87
Quarter-finals £275 £192 £132 £132 £132 £132 £132
Semi-finals £565 £362 £215 £215 £215 £215 £215
3rd/4th place play-off £275 £192 £132 £132 £132 £132 £132
Final £829 £535 £345 £345 £345 £345 £345
Germany lift the World Cup after beating Argentina in the 2014 final 1-0 after extra time

Germany lift the World Cup after beating Argentina in the 2014 final 1-0 after extra time

Germany lift the World Cup after beating Argentina in the 2014 final 1-0 after extra time

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