Cheaper World Cup tickets for Qatar 2022

Fans can start registering for the lottery to buy 2022 World Cup tickets on Wednesday with prices for visitors starting at about $70 ($A97), one-third cheaper than the tournament in Russia, The Associated Press has learned.

The category three tickets on international sale will be 250 Qatari riyals, two people with knowledge of the prices said on Tuesday.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss the ticketing process.

The cheapest tickets — in category four only for Qatari residents — will cost 40 Qatari riyals ($A15), the people said.

The intended ticket prices will be the cheapest at a World Cup since $A4 seats in Mexico — based on 1986 exchange rates — and half the price of those made available to locals for Russia 2018.

The low entry point for tickets for Qatar 2022 could help to provide access to the low-paid migrant worker population for the November 21-December 18 tournament.

FIFA tickets will be distributed through a ballot process rather than an open sale.

Supporters requesting to attend matches at the Middle East’s first World Cup will only discover if they are successful based on a random draw at the conclusion of the first application phase which runs through February 8.

The ticket process is beginning with only 13 of the 32 slots at the tournament filled and qualifying not concluding until the intercontinental playoffs in June.

FIFA aims to generate $500 million ($A696m) from hospitality rights and ticket sales from the World Cup, according to the governing body’s most recent financial report.

Unlike previous World Cups, little travel will be required once in Qatar with the eight newly built stadiums within a 30-mile radius of Doha.

Travel during the tournament figures to be the shortest since the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, but hotel availability could be tight.

World Cup organisers expect about 1.2 million visitors to visit Qatar for the 32-team 64-game tournament.

Some fans could still be deterred from flying to the World Cup after a decade of criticism of Qatar’s treatment of the migrant workers, who are largely from south-east Asia and have been relied on to build up the infrastructure since winning the FIFA hosting rights in 2010.

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