PMA Application Process for World Cup Tickets: 10 things to know

PMA Ticket Information:

Approximately 16% of the total value of tickets will be given to Participating Member Associations (PMA). For every match, FIFA allocates 8% of overall stadium capacity to each team playing. In FIFA's official ticketing guide, it is stated that approximately 364 thousand tickets will be available to PMA supporters.

Within the first 24 hours of opening the second sales phase (lottery), approximately 1.2 million non PMA tickets were requested (i.e. General Public Tickets).  However only 29 thousand were requested by PMA supporters. This is a positive sign for those that are PMA supporters. 

Ticket Inventory Overview

If you are a member of one of these associations, you can get access to these PMA tickets, which gives you an advantage over the normal Joe on the street. You can find a list of all PMAs here. To become a member of the USA PMA, click here.

10 things to know about the PMA Application Process:

  1. The application process for PMA tickets started on the 8th of December. You can apply for PMA tickets until the 7th of February. Note that the PMA ticket window is longer than that of the General Public lottery, which is only open until the 30th of January.
  2. It doesn't matter when you apply during this sales period, you will have the same chance of getting tickets no matter if you applied on the 8th of December or the 7th of February.
  3. Be careful if you plan to apply on the 7th of February, since FIFA closes the sales period at 12:00 CET, which is 6:00 am eastern time in the USA.
  4. For the USA PMA, you need to either be a resident or national of the country whose tickets you wish to apply for. Visit here for a full list of USA's PMA faq's.
  5. Applications to PMA tickets will be done on a different system than non PMA ticket applications (i.e. normal lottery). However, FIFA's rule on the number of tickets allowed per household, 7 games / 4 tickets to each game, applies to the total number of games across both systems. FIFA does not cross check before you apply, however has said that they will cross check afterwards
  6. Also, do not apply for a PMA game that falls on the same day as a game you have won tickets for in earlier ticket sales phases. That is also a no go from FIFA's side.
  7. Guests must also be PMA Supporters! 
  8. For the US team, you have until the 14th of January to become a member to get access to priority tickets.
  9. All tickets other than to group games are conditional. If your team does not reach the stage you have tickets for, Fifa will refund you minus a 10 USD per person per game fee. 
  10. Tickets will be sold individually for each game. Knock out stage games are not dependent on earlier round games. The likelihood of the US making the semis or finals is very low. If you want to take a chance and are willing to pay a fee, you will have very little competition for these tickets.


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