Millions of football fans register in hope of securing Euro 2024 tickets
Within hours of registration opening, football fans have applied for more than 3 million tickets for next summer’s European Championships in Germany. Fans can register until 26 October, after which tickets will be allocated by a lottery system.
A total of 3.1 million applications were registered from 142 countries within the first three hours, the organising committee announced on Tuesday. The most popular match is the opening game on 14 June in Munich, featuring the host nation.
The first 1.2 million tickets will be allocated from 27 October. After the draw to decide the tournament schedule is made on 2 December, another 1 million will go on sale to fans of participating countries. A final portion will then go on sale after the play-offs at the end of March, which will decide the final line-up. In total, 2.7 million tickets will be available.
Belgium top of group
The tournament takes place from 14 June to 14 July, with matches played in 10 cities. Germany previously hosted the World Cup in 2006, when Italy won the title after beating France in a penalty shoot-out.
Germany qualify automatically, with the top two teams in each of the 10 qualifying groups also securing a place. The final three places are decided by play-offs contested by 12 teams based on their performance in the 2022/23 Nations League.
Belgium are currently top of their qualifying group, having won four and drawn one of their matches. Their next games are against Austria in Vienna on 13 October and at home to Sweden on 16 October, with the two final games in November against Serbia and Azerbaijan.
In the previous tournament, postponed to 2021 from 2020 because of the pandemic, Belgium were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by eventual winners Italy.
Italian fans at the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium in London © IMAGO