Uefa have launched the initial public lottery stage of their Euro 2016 ticket sales process. Of particular interest to England and perhaps Wales fans too, the first stage of the ticket lottery runs from 10th June until 10th July.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for an account at the Uefa ticket portal to register their interest, and choose the matches they would like to attend.
Tickets for the group stage start at €25, up to €145, with four price categories available for each stage of the tournament.
Of course, at this stage there is no guarantee of any side other than the hosts France making the tournament, but that won’t put off the many thousands of fans from across Europe trying to get lucky.
The competing nations won’t be finalised until late autumn, and the full schedule won’t be announced until after the draw in December, but you can pick specific venues/dates now if you are already planning your trip and know where you are going to be in June and July next year.
It’s important to note that these tickets do not come out of the allocations provided to each country, but are part of the general public allocation, which accounts for around 1 in 3 seats at every match. England and Wales fans, should their teams qualify, will still have access to their usual allocations for each match from the FA and FAW (typically around 4,000 tickets per game).
The breakdown of tickets available for each game is as follows: 18% to each competing team (with any not taken up by 1 team being offered to the other competing team first), 34% to the general public (including this lottery stage), 10% to media, 10% to sponsors, and 10% to Uefa.
Once the draw for the finals has been completed in December 2015, a second lottery will take place where fans can apply for tickets to ‘follow their team’, guaranteeing them tickets for all games throughout the tournament as long as their side progresses. Should England or Wales qualify, the FA and FAW will announce their own ticket sales information in due course.
In March and April, the ticket re-sale portal will open, where fans can exchange tickets for games they no longer wish to attend, or buy tickets for other matches if they have missed out in the second round of ticket sales.
There’s a full FAQ available on the Uefa site for any fans wishing to try their luck.
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