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Ireland Fans Left Frustrated With Poor Ticket Allocation For Opening Game

Ireland Fans Left Frustrated With Poor Ticket Allocation For Opening Game
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Ireland fans have been left disappointed as they have been granted a very low ticket allocation for the opening Women's  World Cup game.

After Ireland's heroics in Scotland, Vera Pauw's side will face co-hosts Australia in their opening game of the World Cup.

While they have been handed a tough draw, fans are eager to make the trip to Australia to support the girls in Green and will be proud regardless of what happens.

Fans applied for tickets for the historic game through the FAI's website, but were left disappointed as the game quickly sold out. It has now emerged that Ireland only received an allocation of four per cent, translating to just 1,700 tickets.

The game is set to take place in the Sydney Football Stadium, which has a capacity of 42,000.

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As of now, it's unclear how many tickets have been allocated to Australia by FIFA, while the Irish Independent are reporting that FIFA are yet to comment on the issue facing Irish fans.

Ireland Fans Face Anxious Wait On Tickets 

It is also unclear as to what Ireland's ticket allocation will be for the other group games against Canada and Australia.

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This isn't a new problem for FIFA, as Ireland fans are not the only ones left disappointed in recent times over tickets.

Noel Mooney criticised the allocation process for Qatar 2022 last summer, after they initially received around five per cent for their three group games. The English FA also expressed their frustration after receiving just an eight per cent allocation in Qatar.

After a tournament full of controversy and drama in Qatar, the last thing FIFA will want, or indeed need, is problems to continue in the Women's World Cup in Australia.

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The Women's game has never been as popular, with the high demand for tickets compared to the tournament four years ago an example of the progress that has been made.

While football fans appear to be making the efforts to grow the game, it's disappointing that FIFA have not resolved issues ahead of next year's tournament.

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